Deadline to apply for the GrowSouth VISTA Program is May 20th

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In partnership with UNT Dallas’ Urban SERCH Institute, GrowSouth VISTA Program is recruiting new candidates. The mission of the Dallas Mayor’s VISTA program is to reinvigorate and inspire the neighborhoods of traditionally underserved regions of the city to build the capacity of both formal and informal neighborhood associations, by providing resources and networks to accomplish neighborhood driven strategies.

The GrowSouth VISTA program is actively seeking new candidates to serve as a VISTA members for 2016-17. By serving through VISTA, you’ll gain new skills, friends, and experiences—plus you’ll get satisfaction that comes from helping others. VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve with an opportunity to serve an additional twelve months. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. There are as many reasons to serve as there are people we serve. Volunteering is not just an altruistic act.

Each VISTA will receive $983 per month for their work, plus an additional $5500 education award, options for health benefits, child care benefits and paid sick leave/vacation.

Throughout one year of service, VISTA volunteers will have the opportunity to develop visions and plans at the ground level while having access to resources and knowledge including various City departments. VISTA volunteers will serve as liaisons, working to connect involved and interested community members with one another and with programs that can enrich their local neighborhoods, strengthening the city as a whole. Work will heavily involve all aspects of community development, goal setting, coordination and project implementation.

This past year, a wide variety of service projects were completed by VISTA’s. Projects included  the beautification and rebranding of Vermont Village, the creation of neighborhood murals and numerous  tree planting events in many of the communities throughout Southern Dallas.

This year, The University of North Texas SERCH Institute will provide the VISTA team members skills training necessary to help grow their communities.  The VISTA team members will participate in academic forums taught by UNT Dallas staff on a wide range of subjects, including Strategies for Community Engagement, Conflict Resolution, Public Health in Urban Communities and more.

Pre‐service Orientation (PSO) will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on July 18-21, 2016. All expenses related to this training, including travel to and from your neighborhood will be covered. Service dates are July 18, 2016 – July 21, 2017. VISTA member will report to project site on July 22, 2016. The VISTA member is expected to work approximately 40 hours per week, with frequent evening and weekend community activities.

To Apply

VISTA program details:

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Applications must be received no later than Friday, May 20, 2016.

QUESTIONS? Contact: Brenda Allen, Community Relations Coordinator,

We will review and interview applicants as we receive materials.