The Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program was created to pursue the potential for institutions of higher education to more responsibly address the local needs of low-income communities and be responsible mechanisms for community change. MACC AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as tools for this change.
2014-2015 Program Information
MACC is excited to announce the launch of the new Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program. As MACC has transitioned from being hosted at Tufts University to an independent nonprofit organization, the MACC AmeriCorps VISTA program has honed its focus on developing campus-community partnerships for education to align more closely with the national Campus Compact organization’s strategic priorities.
For the first time in MACC’s history, the program’s entire portfolio will focus on maximizing impact in one area, changing the way educational nonprofit programs are able to interact with institutions of higher education. Concentrating our efforts will allow us to engage our Corps in a specialized training curriculum, adapted from a Community Fellows course at Mount Holyoke College.
This year MACC has 28 VISTA members serving at 26 colleges, universities, and community colleges in all corners of the state. VISTAs will be working with community organizations and local school districts to build capacity for bolstering school readiness, K-12 success, and post-secondary success, with an emphasis on serving high-poverty communities and developing STEM programs. We look forward to a transformative year of supporting campus-community partnerships and building capacity with the shared mission of education as a pathway out of poverty.
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What Is AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program in which volunteers live in the communities they serve, designing programs that will continue after they complete their service. Part of the AmeriCorps national network of service programs, AmeriCorps VISTA has been meeting the needs of under-served communities since 1965. Over the years, more than 100,000 committed individuals have joined forces with 12,000 local sponsors—public agencies and nonprofit groups—to strengthen communities across the nation.