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 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. Literacy Leaders typically start their one year of service in August (later start dates may be available).

Meet a Literacy Leader

Kimmy Vo photo
Student Voice & Outreach Literacy Leader
Andy Francis
Literacy Minnesota Access Coordinator VISTA
  • 18+ years old

  • Able to serve full-time for one year

  • US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident, asylee, refugee or DACA recipient

  • $513 bi-weekly living allowance (pre-tax) - *living allowance rates will increase in mid-August 2021 to about $573 bi-weekly (pre-tax)

    • $606 bi-weekly living allowance for VISTA Leaders

  • $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 (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

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

  • AmeriCorps VISTA member-led affinity group opportunities

  • 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
  • Additional benefits may be provided by individual host sites

See Literacy Leader positions and apply

Questions? Contact Steph 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.