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 2018-19 program 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.

2019-20 Term of Service: August 5, 2019 - August 4, 2020

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2019-20 NYC VISTA Host Sites:

  • Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
  • NYC Service
  • Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity)
  • Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA)
  • Department of Education (DOE)
  • Department of Probation (DOP)
  • Human Resources Administration (HRA)
  • Department of Homeless Services (DHS)
  • Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)


2019-2020 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 (valued at $1,524)
  • Choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,095 or end-of-service cash stipend of up to $1,800
  • 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


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

2019-2020 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.

For Further Information:

Call (212) 788-3209 or email with any additional questions.