Blackstone Academy College Access Unlimited AmeriCorps VISTA



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Blackstone Academy Charter School
Rhode Island
United States


About Blackstone Academy:

The mission of Blackstone Academy is to build a strong community of learners and leaders. In a small educational environment that fosters independent inquiry, teamwork, and communication, students develop the skills to solve problems and use their voice in ways that lead to success in the academic, social, and professional arenas. Students demonstrate their achievements through a process of discovery, presentation, and reflection shaped by active engagement in community life. This learning process begins with themselves, moves forward with an exploration of the local community, and ultimately integrates an understanding of the wider world as students become responsible, motivated, life-long learners.

Major Activities/Responsibilities: 

  • Develop relationships with the Blackstone staff and the school’s current community partners while seeking out and establishing new partnerships.
  • In response to the strengths and needs evaluation of Blackstone’s current higher education process the VISTA will make a critical assessment of our school’s college access infrastructure and make recommendations on how to improve it. Along with these new materials, the VISTA will create feedback mechanisms for their evaluation.
  • Offering after-school Scholarship Club to seniors and appropriate underclassmen.
  • Based on existing models and research, the VISTA will refine a piloted college tracking system for Blackstone graduates in order to gather data around college persistence.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Passion for AmeriCorps VISTA mission of fighting poverty and strengthening communities
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year institution
  • U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Strong interest & experience in community service
  • Strong interest & experience in college campus service programs and working with students
  • Proven leadership and project management skills
  • Proven networking, communication, public speaking and organizational skills
  • Facility with technologies like Google for Education & Excel


  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,920) or post-service stipend ($1,800) upon successful completion of the program
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment (depending on lender)
  • Relocation assistance (for candidates moving more than 50 miles)
  • Healthcare benefits
  • 10 days of personal leave and 10 days of sick leave
  • Access to professional development opportunities
  • One year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal government jobs
  • Child care assistance

Living Allowance will total $12,311.45 for the year


  • Training Provided

How To Apply

  1. Check if you meet these qualifications: College degree (Associate’s or higher); Leadership experience; Strong organization skills; Excellent verbal and written communication; Strong interests in community service, social change, and advancing education
  2. Complete an application on the My AmeriCorps portal and submit it to our listing, “Campus Compact for Southern New England AmeriCorps VISTA.”
  3. Submit your resume, cover letter, and the contact information of two professional references to ccsnevista {at} compact(.)org.
  4. Within a week of submitting your completed application and materials, you’ll be contacted by the CCSNE VISTA recruitment team concerning next steps.
  5. If selected to move forward, you’ll complete a phone interview with two members of the CCSNE recruitment team. This interview is an opportunity for you to get to know our program better and for our team to determine whether you’re a good fit for the 2018-2019 CCSNE corps.
  6. Finally, if accepted to the CCSNE VISTA program, you will be placed at a host site based on your professional skills, interests and regional preference.