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Literacy Leadership Program

Two VISTAS participate in training
AmeriCorps VISTA

Literacy Leadership Program

Experience a year of learning and service. 

See Literacy Leader positions and apply

The Minnesota Literacy Leadership Program engages AmeriCorps VISTAs to design and carry out literacy initiatives 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 and in the workforce. 

Literacy Leaders serve at their individual host sites, then come together monthly with a cohort of peers to engage in professional development opportunities. Program runs August 3, 2020 - August 2, 2021 (later start dates may be available). Now accepting applications.

Meet a Literacy Leader

Nick Houlson
Open Door Learning Center - Lake Street
Andy Francis
Access Coordinator VISTA (Literacy Minnesota)
Meet Marina
Student and Volunteer Outreach VISTA
  • 18+ years old

  • Able to serve full-time for one year

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

  • $513 bi-weekly living allowance (pre-tax)

  • $6,195 education award or $1,803 stipend at end of service

  • $7,900 Health care allowance

  • Federal student loan forbearance

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

  • Childcare assistance (if eligible)

  • Public benefits are not affected by service

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

  • $25 per month reimbursement for teleservice expenses

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

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

  • Additional benefits may be provided by individual host sites

  • Collaborate and network with your Literacy Leader peer group

  • Attend monthly professional development trainings

  • Receive mentorship from seasoned professionals

  • Develop your skill-set and network for a career in the education or nonprofit field

See Literacy Leader positions and apply

Questions? Contact Courtney Zaato at or 651-251-9151.

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*For FAQ on policies, resources and guidelines for VISTAs related to COVID19, please check the Corporation for National and Community Service website.