The CCC application for 21 VISTA positions this year has been approved by the Corporation for National and Community Service, providing the resources to continue the work done by 17 VISTAs at the CCC in 2009-10.
VISTA is a federal program which stands for Volunteers in Service to America. The CCC receives a grant as part of the AmeriCorps program.
VISTAs are located at CCC centers throughout the state as well as the Sacramento Headquarters. The VISTAs are developing community partnerships and resources to transition corpsmembers from the CCC to jobs, apprenticeship programs and post-secondary education.
The VISTA project is helping the CCC to build and enhance its partnerships and resources by developing programs, linkages, curriculum and a volunteer base. This is resulting in the following:
- more corpsmembers completing the CCC Career Development and Transition Program;
- improved and updated transition-related life-skills programs;
- improved vocational skills programs; and
- more corpsmembers transitioning from the CCC to jobs, entering apprenticeship programs and/or entering higher education after they leave the Corps.
Founded in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against povery in American for more than 40 years. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year and receive a minimum-wage living allowance directly from the federal government as well as an education award upon completion of service.