Every AmeriCorps VISTA receives a stipend intended to cover essential costs like housing, food, and utilities. It is a modest living allowance and VISTAs are often required to live frugally to make ends meet. The amount of the stipend is adjusted to reflect the cost of living in a given area.
Please click here to see an up to date amount for Jefferson County.
END OF SERVICE AWARD
Upon completing a year of service, AmeriCorps VISTAs are eligible to receive either a cash stipend or an education award.
The Education Award is equivalent to the Pell Grant amount at that time. Currently it is $5,815 per year served.
The end of service cash stipend is $1,500.
All VISTAs are expected to have health insurance unless they are exempt under the Affordable Care Act. For those with existing coverage, VISTA provides a health care allowance. For those that are exempt, VISTA provides a Health Benefit Plan.
For more information on the benefits listed and information on other potential benefits such as child care, life insurance, and relocation allowances, click here.
Cradle to Career Benefits
VISTAs are provided with a monthly housing allowance of $100 through 55,000 Degrees in addition to the living allowance provided through AmeriCorps.
VISTAs are provided with opportunities to strengthen their abilities from resume building workshops and exposure to varying professional environments to volunteer opportunities and networking exposure.
55,000 DEGREES NETWORK
Important to the mission of Cradle to Career is a strong network of community partners. VISTAs gain the opportunity to engage with that network through their work.
All of the Cradle to Career VISTAs are expected to work closely and the VISTA team often develops into a tight knit group of motivated service members. This team based atmosphere is both a benefit to the VISTAs and an essential part of how they get things done.
The Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) provides leadership development, educational opportunities and philanthropic support to Louisville’s Young Professionals for the benefit of the local community. The mission of YPAL is to connect, engage and develop metro Louisville's young professionals through community, professional and social opportunities.