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.

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

    • $491 bi-weekly (Twin Cities)

    • $479 bi-weekly (Greater Minnesota)

  • $6,195 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

See Literacy Leader positions and apply

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

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