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


This year, 41 NYC VISTA members, including 2 NYC VISTA Leaders are serving 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.

The 2018-19 application is now closed.

We'll see you Spring 2019 with new opportunities to serve!

2018-2019 NYC VISTA Member BENEFITS

  • NYC VISTA Members: Living allowance of up to $20,584.20 (pre-tax) for 12 months of service

  • NYC VISTA Leader: Living allowance of up to $22,975.68 (pre-tax) for 12 months of service
     (Note: VISTA Leaders must have successfully completed one year of National Service.)

  • Unlimited Monthly MetroCard

  • Choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,920 or end-of-service cash stipend of up to $1,800

  • VISTA Pre-Service Orientation (PSO), On-Site Orientation and Training (OSOT), and ongoing professional development

  • Limited health care benefits, including routine dental care and limited vision services

  • Settling-in allowance, if relocating more than 50 miles

  • Forbearance or deferment, for qualified student loans

  • Non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position, if qualified

  • Childcare assistance, if qualified 

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

2018-2019 NYC VISTA Requirements

NYC VISTA applicants must:

  • be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or people legally residing within a state

  • have a high school diploma (or its equivalent) before the start of the program; bachelor's degree may be required for selected positions.

  • consent to National Service Criminal History Check

  • be able to serve full-time for 365 days*

*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.

Contact NYC VISTA at:


Phone: 212-788-3209

Interested in serving? Click here to be notified when our application opens in the Spring!