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


NYC VISTA members 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.


Administration for Children’s Services: Community-Based Strategies, Community Engagement and Partnerships, Division of Preventive ServicesDatabase Tracking

Center for Economic Opportunity: Center for Economic Opportunity VISTA

Department of Education: Career Preparation, Office of Community Schools: Community and Government Partnership, Office of Community Schools: Data Center, Office of Community Schools: Students in Temporary Housing, Office of Community Schools: Youth Leadership Institute

Department of Social Services: Department of Homeless Services: Office of the Medical Director, Department of Homeless Services: Homeless Programming Innovation, Financial Independence Administration: Management Information Systems, Financial Independence Administration: Partnerships Outreach, Financial Independence Administration: Financial Empowerment Services, Financial Independence Administration: Financial Empowerment/Education Services, Financial Independence Administration: YouthPathways, HRA: Community Guardian Programs, HRA: Peer Mentorship, HRA: Office of Child Support Enforcement, HRA: Emergency and Intervention Services

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: ActionNYC, ActionNYC in Health+Hospitals/NYCitizenship, Language Access, We Are New York

NYC Service:  Volunteer Capacity Building, NYC VISTA Leader (Two Positions), Youth Program Outreach, Youth Leadership Council Development (Two Positions)


  • NYC VISTA Members: Living allowance of up to $15,312 (pre-tax) for 12 months of service

  • NYC VISTA Leader: Living allowance of up to $17,712 (pre-tax) for 12 months of service
     (Note: VISTA Leaders must have completed one year of National Service.)

  • Unlimited Monthly MetroCard

  • Choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,815 or end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500

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

  • Limited health care benefits

  • Relocation assistance

  • Student-loan forbearance or deferment

  • Non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position

  • Childcare assistance, if qualified 

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

NYC VISTA Requirements

NYC VISTA applicants must:

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

  • have completed Bachelor's degree before the start of the program

  • 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.

In addition to the above, NYC VISTA Leader applicants must:

  • Have completed at least one year of National service