The NYC VISTA Program supports NYC Government agencies to lift New Yorkers out of poverty by increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of each agency.

VISTA members are capacity builders - they expand the ability of City agency host sites to fight poverty by building infrastructure, expanding community partnerships, and securing long-term resources. 


Capacity building is working with staff and the communities to create, expand, or strengthen the systems and processes that help an organization carry out its anti-poverty work. These tasks and activities include the transfer of knowledge/skills, products, and relationships.

Direct service refers to activities that immediately address a client’s needs. For example, tutoring or providing a meal. VISTAs do not do direct service. 

For the 2019 - 2020 program year, 25 NYC VISTA members and 1 NYC VISTA Leader, serve at New York City government agencies, primarily focused on the impact areas of economic opportunity and education, to address critical city issues related to poverty. NYC VISTA member activities include community awareness and engagement, financial resources, partnership expansion and development, outreach strategy development, volunteer engagement, program development and delivery, technology use, event planning and management, and performance measurement.


How to become an NYC VISTA Member:


NYC VISTA Member Benefits*:

  • NYC VISTA Members: Living allowance of up to $20,640.75 (pre-tax) for 12 months of service
  • NYC VISTA Leader: Living allowance of up to $23,038.80 (pre-tax) for 12 months of service (Note: VISTA Leaders must have successfully completed one year of National Service.)
  • Unlimited Monthly MetroCard (valued at $1,524)
  • Choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,095 or end-of-service cash stipend of up to $1,800  ($3,000 for VISTA Leaders)
  • VISTA Virtual Member Orientation (VMO), On-Site Orientation and Training (OSOT), and ongoing professional development
  • Limited health care benefits, including routine dental care and limited vision services
  • $750 settling-in allowance, if relocating more than 50 miles
  • Loan Forbearance and deferment for qualified student loans during active service; interest paid on qualified loans if successfully completes program
  • Non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position, if qualified
  • Childcare assistance, if qualified, during active service

*Member benefits are subject to change for the 2020-2021 program year.

For specific information about VISTA benefits, visit the VISTA Campus.


NYC VISTA Requirements:

What are the requirments to serve as a NYC VISTA member?

  • Must be U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States
  • Have successfully obtained a High School diploma or its equivalent prior to the start of the program
  • Agree to and pass a criminal background check
  • Ability to serve full time for the program term (generally M-F 9AM - 5PM)


*Note updated policy: As of May 3, 2015, VISTA Members and Leaders may hold legal part-time employment that is unrelated to their assigned project and that does not interfere with their service or service hours. To learn more, visit the VISTA Campus.


Call (212) 788-3209 or email nycvista@cityhall.nyc.gov with any additional questions.