Literacy Leadership Program

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AmeriCorps VISTA

Literacy Leadership Program



The Literacy Leadership Program engages Americorps VISTA members to design and carry out literacy initiatives in partnership with schools and community organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Literacy Leaders help people gain the skills they need to share their stories, achieve their goals and succeed in school and in the workforce. 

Past Literacy Leaders have:

  • Piloted a volunteer-run writers’ room offering support to under-resourced high school students
  • Developed family literacy programs providing ESL education to parents and children
  •  Created digital distance-learning programs for adult ESL students 
  • And much more!
  • Living allowance ($472.22 bi-weekly)

  • $6,095 education award or $1,800 stipend at end of service

  • Health care benefits

  • Federal student loan forbearance

  • Relocation allowance (if moving 50+ miles for service)

  • Trainings and professional development opportunities

  • Resources for career and financial planning

  • CSA shares and cooking classes

  • 18+ years old

  • Able to serve full-time for one year

  • A U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, asylee, refugee or DACA recipient

Questions? Contact Steph Lewis,, 651-251-9088.

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Build capacity and invest in new leadership by hosting a Literacy Leader. 

Literacy Minnesota’s Literacy Leadership Program works with Americorps VISTA to place energetic leaders with organizations looking to launch or expand literacy programming.

Attend an info session via webinar. 

Thursday, December 12 at 10 a.m. or Tuesday, January 7 at 1 p.m.

Recording available upon request. 

Contact Meghan Paul-Cook at or 651-251-9069 to register. 

We are now accepting applications for new host sites for the 2020-22 program year, with Literacy Leaders starting service in August 2020. Review our Request for Proposals [link to file] and submit your application for a new project here after attending an info session. 

Questions? Contact Meghan Paul-Cook at or 651-251-9069. 

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