AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.
The AmeriCorps’ grant provides funding for Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA’s) that help support the Youth Transition and People First projects.
The AmeriCorps VISTA, People First Self-Advocacy Project addresses the prevalence of poverty for people with disabilities. Much of the employment and independent living advancements for people with disabilities in our country has been due to the efforts of self-advocates. VISTA members in this project work to organize People First self-advocacy chapters throughout Nevada, sustain a statewide People First organization, represent the view of people with developmental disabilities on city, county and regional boards/committees, educate other people with disabilities about self-advocacy and bring information about community resources to people with disabilities.
Our VISTA members have helped establish seven People First chapters throughout Nevada (Las Vegas, Fallon, Fernley, Winnemucca, Elko, Carson City and Reno). After establishing these chapters, they joined together to organize a statewide People First organization with officers and representatives from each of the five People First chapters. Our statewide organization has joined SABE (Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered), the umbrella organization of all of the People First groups nationwide.
The VISTA members:
- Bring information and resources to people with developmental disabilities about services, employment, housing, and transportation
- Represent the views of the disability community to local/regional committees and boards
- Develop resources for income generation
- Educate people with developmental disabilities and community members about the issues facing people with disabilities
- Educate the disability community about the opportunities for national and community service
*Our VISTA grant came to a close on June 30th, 2012. We wish to sincerely thank Americorps VISTA for 10 years of support.
Read more about Americorps VISTA at: Americorps VISTA’s website