AmeriCorps VISTA

Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA

About the organization

The Lake Effect Leaders is a multi-county intermediary AmeriCorps VISTA Program Grant that serves as a pipeline for nonprofit leadership development. Led by a partnership consisting of Allegheny College, Gannon University, and Mercyhurst University, the program professionally equips VISTA members to serve critical capacity-building functions in nonprofit organizations in order to eliminate poverty. Lake Effect Leaders strives to build the next generation of nonprofit leaders for Northwestern Pennsylvania by harnessing the skills and passions of recent college graduates, as well as training and mentoring in best practices of nonprofit management.

Our preferred deadline to apply is June 6th, 2020; however, we will accept candidates until August 1st, 2020. (NOTE: Remaining AmeriCorps VISTA positions may be closed by August 1st date


Job duties vary based on the site. However, AmeriCorps VISTA members provide capacity building services for nonprofits, government agencies and/or institutions of education. Typical capacity building activities include, but are not limited to, grant writing, best practice research, volunteer recruitment and mobilization, program evaluation and development, and community outreach.

Lake Effect Leaders provides personal and professional development training to ensure members are adequately equipped to perform well during their service year.


Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)

Pass a national service criminal history check

Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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