Literacy Leadership Program

Two VISTAS participate in training

Literacy Leadership Program

Experience a year of learning and service. 

See Literacy Leader positions and apply

The Literacy Leadership Program engages AmeriCorps members of the VISTA program to design and carry out literacy initiatives and digital literacy projects in partnership with schools and community organizations. Literacy Leaders help people gain the skills they need to share their stories, achieve their goals and succeed in school, workforce and civic life. We offer two tracks/cohorts within our Literacy Leadership program: Literacy for All and Digital Literacy.

Literacy Leaders serve at their individual host sites, and come together monthly with a cohort of peers to engage in professional development. Literacy Leaders typically start their one year of service in August or January.

Watch this brief video to learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA, featuring Keshia, a Literacy Leader alum.

Meet a Literacy Leader

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Open Door Collective Literacy Leader (Literacy Minnesota)
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Open Door Learning Centers (Literacy Minnesota)
  • 18+ years old

  • Able to serve full-time for one year

  • US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident, asylee, refugee, Temporary Protected Status, or DACA 

  • Bi-weekly living allowance (pre-tax) - based on poverty rate in county of service site location:

    • Minnesota:
      $667 for VISTA Leader

    • Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Buffalo (NY): $575

    • Trenton (NJ): $674

    • Washington, DC: $791

    • New York City: $925

  • $6,345 education award or $1,803 stipend at end of service

    • $3,000 cash stipend at end of service for VISTA Leaders

  • $7,900 Health care allowance

  • Federal student loan forbearance

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

  • Childcare assistance (if eligible)

  • Public benefits received prior to service are not affected by service

    • Individuals who receive unemployment prior to service can protect their benefits and resume receiving unemployment after they complete service

  • $750 per year in housing assistance funds (to be paid to landlord, mortgage company, leasing agent, or utility company)

  • Free, locally grown produce box subscription from local Community Supported Agriculture partners during fall and summer harvest seasons or grocery cards

  • $150 per year in professional development funds to pursue your own professional development goals

  • AmeriCorps VISTA member-led affinity group opportunities

  • Monthly professional development trainings

  • Mentorship from seasoned professionals

  • Develop your skill-set and network for a career in the education or nonprofit field
  • Additional benefits may be provided by individual host sites

See Literacy Leader positions and apply

Questions? Contact Stevie Lewis at or 651-251-9088.

*For FAQ on policies, resources and guidelines for AmeriCorps members related to COVID-19, please check the AmeriCorps website.