AmeriCorps Serve & VISTA

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Program Details

Y.O.U.'s vision is that all youth acquire the skills, self-confidence, and opportunity to participate fully, freely, and responsibly in the life of the community. Y.O.U.'s afterschool program provides youth with academic support and social and emotional enrichment every day at no cost to families.

Our AmeriCorps Serve Members support our youth by serving as mentors and workshop leaders within Y.O.U.'s afterschool and summer programs. AmeriCorps Serve Members provide crucial academic support, social and emotional enrichment and life skills development. They also assist our Afterschool Program Managers and Youth Development Specialists in building relationships with parents, families, and community members through Family Nights and other programming. 

Our AmeriCorps VISTA Members strengthen our organization by promoting initiatives that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. VISTAs develop initiatives for Y.O.U. and the communities we serve that enable people to become self-sufficient and secure. An AmeriCorps VISTA Member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.


Direct Service Training: Serve Members receive on-going training in various areas:

  • Curriculum Planning
  • Project Based Learning
  • Behavior Management
  • Classroom Management

VISTA Members partake in an intensive three day pre-service orientation, as well as receiving a community-focused on-site service orientation at Y.O.U.

Professional Development & Training: Serve and VISTA Members also receive specialized training and career development throughout their year of service. Topics include:

  • Goal Setting
  • Growth Mindset
  • Leadership Development
  • Conflict Resolution & Feedback

Living Allowance: Serve Members receive a $20,000 living allowance. VISTA Members receive a stipend of $12,312 for their term.  

Education Award: After you complete your term of service, you will also receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training or to repay student loans.

Loan Postponement: Members are eligible to have the repayment of qualified student loans postponed during their term of service. 

Health Care: Serve Members can qualify to receive medical benefits through Y.O.U.’s HMO plan. VISTA Members can choose between reimbursement or a healthcare plan through the Corporation for National & Community Service.

Time Off: Members receive multiple holidays, in addition to vacation days and sick time.

Non-Competitive Eligibility: VISTA Members are eligible for Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) upon service completion for federal job opportunities, giving an edge in the hiring process.

Child Care: Members with children under the age of 13 may qualify to receive a child care benefit.

How to Apply

We are not currently recruiting for any AmeriCorps Serve or VISTA positions - please check our website in June 2018 for updates on applying to join our 2018-2019 AmeriCorps cohort.

AmeriCorps VISTA

Applications must be submitted through a registered account via My AmeriCorps. You must create a new account before submitting.

Once registered, you can search listings for Youth & Opportunity United to see all available VISTA positions and terms.

AmeriCorps Serve

Our 2017-18 AmeriCorps Serve cohort began their service on August 30, 2017!

Check back in the summer of 2018 for details on applying to join our 2018-2019 cohort. In addition to the general details requested, applicants are asked to submit a resume and a cover letter describing specifically how their background, skills, education and experience match the needs of Youth & Opportunity United. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

“This program can give you the opportunity to catch a young person at a very particular point in their life and give them something that is either an outlet or something they might enjoy and want to pursue as they grow older.”

— George F., Second Year AmeriCorps Serve Member


“I definitely think that the work that we do is beneficial to the youth on so many levels. Not only being there for them emotionally, but also giving them that supportive adult that they may or may not have already and giving them some space to hang out with their friends in a productive way that keeps them socially, emotionally, and academically engaged.”

— Tori R., Second Year AmeriCorps Serve Member

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or, in most instances, religion. It is also unlawful to retaliate against any person who, or organization that, files a complaint about such discrimination. In addition to filing a complaint with local and state agencies that are responsible for resolving discrimination complaints, you may bring a complaint to the attention of the Corporation for National and Community Service. If you believe that you or others have been discriminated against, or if you want more information, contact: 

Office of Civil Right and Inclusiveness Corporation for National and Community Service 
250 E Street
SW Washington, DC 20525 
(800) 833-3722 (TTY and reasonable accommodation line) 
(202) 565-3465 (FAX) (email)