The goal of the DPI VISTA Project is to build capacity for family involvement in low-income schools and communities by implementing a research-based, sustainable process for partnerships.
The project coordinators envisage positive effects for the whole community, such as:
- Increased enrollment in more challenging academic programs
- More classes passed
- Better attendance, better social skills
- More support from school and other parents
- Increased feeling of ownership of school
- Improved awareness of student progress
For Teachers and Staff
- More respect for families' strengths and efforts
- Heightened readiness to involve families in new ways
- Increased satisfaction with family involvement and support
The DPI VISTA Project provides eligible schools and community organizations with three valuable resources:
- Full-time VISTA member (For up to 3 years to develop and sustain partnership practices)
- Trainings (On developing and creating a framework for effective partnership practices)
- Connections and Resources (From the DPI and from a network of hundreds of other Partnership Schools)
The DPI supports up to twenty VISTA members per year throughout Wisconsin at schools and community based organizations who serve a high proportion of low-income students. Those interested in hosting or serving as VISTA members at these sites are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Interested in BECOMING a VISTA Member?
Start at the My AmeriCorps website
Search by Program Type: AmeriCorps VISTA
Search by State: Wisconsin
Information for persons who are interested in serving in a low-income school or learning center as a VISTA member, and would like to find out more about applying.
If your school, school district, or community based organization serves a significant population of low-income families, and you believe that a positive impact can be made by having a VISTA member, this site provides information you need about eligibility, expectations, and the application process.