AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more. As one branch of AmeriCorps programs, AmeriCorps VISTA members build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies with the mission to alleviate poverty. You can apply to serve as a 12-month VISTA member, or a ten-week Summer Associate, in any of the 50 U.S. States or U.S. territories. Visit americorps.gov to find out more.