AmeriCorps VISTA is a volunteer service program through which national service members serve with organizations full-time for one year. VISTA projects are designed to build permanent capacity and infrastructure to help more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Goals for VISTA members may include establishing systems, institutionalizing knowledge, and developing community relationships to better generate resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities to address urgent social needs. AmeriCorps VISTA operates under the following core principles:

Anti-Poverty Focus

The purpose of AmeriCorps VISTA is to support efforts to fight poverty. The VISTA project should address helping individuals and communities out of poverty, not simply making poverty more tolerable through short-term services.

Community Empowerment

The VISTA project engages the beneficiary community in planning, developing and implementing the project. The project must be responsive and relevant to the needs of the community, and should tap into inherent community assets, strengths, and resources.

Sustainable Solutions

VISTA members provide short-term, human resources to build long-term sustainability of anti-poverty programs. All projects should be developed with the goal to phase out the need for VISTA members and to strengthen the ability of the project to continue indefinitely.

Capacity Building

VISTA members do not provide direct services to individuals. They work to increase the capacity of organizations to fight poverty. VISTA members mobilize local resources to build lasting solutions to poverty.


North Dakota

SBPC is an AmeriCorps North Dakota partner, matching dedicated service members with North Dakota non-profit organizations to tackle some of our state's toughest challenges with local, sustainable solutions.


SBPC will connect AmeriCorps members to public and nonprofit organizations, partnering with each organization for project plan development and member service agreements to ensure project feasibility and sustainability after the service year ends. Our goal is to create a community partnership between small non-profits and a community of AmeriCorps members, working together to increase economic opportunity, and create healthy living and education opportunities for the benefit of some of our most vulnerable populations.  SBPC assists in AmeriCorps member training, recruitment, enrollment assistance, initial and ongoing support to the AmeriCorps members and partner organizations, and ongoing training and professional development for AmeriCorps members.

AmeriCorps North Dakota provides grant funding and technical assistance to SBPC to recruit, train, and supervise AmeriCorps North Dakota host sites and members meeting critical community needs. The AmeriCorps ND program focus is in the areas of education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and service to veterans and military families. Grant recipients, like SBPC, design service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time.

2021-22 Service Year Goals

Engage approximately 22 people in intensive service at non-profits, schools, public agencies, and community organizations across North Dakota.

Members will contribute

23,500 hours of service.

Members will earn more than $87,500 in Education Awards once they've successfully completed their service term.

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