Literacy VISTA New Project Application for 2017-18

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USING THIS FORM

In order to be eligible to apply for a Literacy VISTA project using this form, you must first participate in an Information Session. You will receive a password in the Information Session that is required to complete and submit this application. To access the recorded Info Session webinar, contact Meghan Paul-Cook at mpaulcook@mnliteracy.org, 651-251-9069, or see our website.

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Applying for a Literacy VISTA project beginning on July 31st, 2017

Please complete the following form to apply for a Literacy VISTA project. Literacy VISTA projects typically last for 3-5 years. If selected, your first year of hosting a VISTA would be 2017-2018.

For detailed information on hosting a VISTA and what the Minnesota Literacy Council is looking for in its request for proposals for VISTA projects, please visit www.mnliteracy.org/educators/host-vista.

Before you begin, please review the following important information.

Timeline Please note: exact dates are subject to change.

  • Submit this application by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017.
  • You will be notified of selection decisions by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
  • If selected, you will be required to participate in a New Supervisor Workshop on March 6, 9am-2:30pm at Minnesota Literacy Council. The workshop will cover VISTA recruitment, SuperVAD (project plan  and VISTA Assignment Description) development, and orienting and supervising a new VISTA member. For host sites located in Greater Minnesota, a webinar will be  made available.
  • You will be asked to submit your "SuperVAD" (project plan and VISTA Assignment Description) and VISTA position description by Monday, March 13.
  • You may begin recruiting your new VISTA member in March as soon as your SuperVAD and position description have been approved. You must have your candidate selected and approved by both the Minnesota Literacy Council and the Corporation for National and Community Service by early June.
  • Signed site agreements and an initial, non-refundable $1,000 portion of the cost share payment will be due by early June. See below for more cost share details.
  • The new VISTA member will begin service on July 31st, 2017.


 Cost Share

 As part of the host site’s agreement to host an AmeriCorps VISTA member, the host agency commits to making a  cost-share contribution. Cost share amounts for 2017-18 are as follows:

            Year 1: $3,000 (new projects only)

            Year 2: $4,000

            Year 3: $5,000

            Year 4: $11,796 (Full Cost Share)

            Year 5: $11,796 (Full Cost Share)

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION

Please provide information on the organization applying to host a VISTA.

 

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INFORMATION ON THE SERVICE LOCATION
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Please provide information on the people we may contact regarding this application and this VISTA project.

VISTA site supervisor
Additional staff
PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL SERVICE PROGRAMS

Please provide information, to the best of your knowledge, about your organization's involvement with national service programs. National service programs include: AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, CTEP, Promise Fellows, Reading Corps, Math Corps, Senior Corps, RSVP, Experience Corps, Public Allies, College Possible and more. 





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ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION
SUMMARY OF REQUEST

Organizations are generally awarded one VISTA member per project, which is typically renewable for three years. If your organization would like to request more than one VISTA for this project, please use the narrative sections to make the case for why this is necessary. If your organization would like to apply for more than one distinct VISTA project, please complete a separate application for each project.

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NEED STATEMENT
CAPACITY-BUILDING AND SUSTAINABILITY
PROJECT MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISION
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VISTA RESPONSIBILITIES
Description of VISTA responsibilities
Please provide the estimated amount of the VISTA member’s time that will be dedicated to each capacity-building category you selected, and briefly describe the VISTA member's duties and what you would like your VISTA member to accomplish in the first year of the VISTA project (the total percent of time should add up to, and not exceed, 100% of the VISTA’s time).                                                                               
% of VISTA's time Description of VISTA activities and accomplishments
Developing, Designing or Enhancing Program Content
Designing or Conducting A Program Evaluation
Developing or Strengthening Goals/Performance Targets and Milestones
Developing and Nurturing Partnerships
Enhancing Volunteer Recruitment and/or Training
Improving Volunteer Systems
Conducting A Needs Assessment (secondary component)
Implementing New Program-Related Outreach or Fundraising Strategies (secondary component)
CAPACITY-BUILDING ACTIVITIES
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CAPACITY-BUILDING PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Based on your responses, the following performance measures appear to be applicable to your VISTA project. Please fill in a target number that you expect to be able to reach after Year 1 of your VISTA project (2016-17). Please be reasonable about what will be manageable to accomplish in one year and something that you will be able to measure and report on. If you will be unable to track/report on this data, please enter "0." 

Types of service: includes qualitatively distinct service activities in the area of Education that enable the program to address different needs or different populations in need of the organization's services.
ANTI-POVERTY IMPACT
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ANTI-POVERTY INTERVENTIONS






ANTI-POVERTY PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Based on your responses, the following performance measures may be applicable to your VISTA project. Please fill in a target number that you expect to be able to reach after Year 1 of your VISTA project (2017-18). Please be reasonable about what will be manageable to accomplish in one year and something that you will be able to measure and report on. If a particular performance measure is relevant but you will be unable to track/report on this data, please enter "0." If the performance measure is not applicable, please enter “N/A.” 

*Children up through the age of kindergarten enrollment who are enrolled in early childhood education programs with a majority of economically disadvantaged children (eligible for free/reduced lunch) and/or a majority of children with special or exceptional needs. At the outset of the activity, the program should indicate how much time (i.e. how many days or hours) is required in order to complete the activity. Then they will only count the number of students who meet that threshold by the end of the program or activity.
*Social and emotional development: An indicator and element of school readiness that measures a child's development in one or more of the following domains: self-concept, self-control, cooperation, social relationships, and knowledge of families and communities.
*Literacy skills: An indicator and element of school readiness that measures a child’s development in one or more of the following domains: phonological awareness, book knowledge and appreciation, print awareness and concepts, early writing, and alphabet knowledge.
*Students enrolled in grades K-12 in schools with a majority of economically disadvantaged students (eligible for free/reduced lunch) and/or a majority of children with special or exceptional needs. At the outset of the activity, the program should indicate how much time (i.e. how many days or hours) is required in order to complete the activity. Then they will only count the number of students who meet that threshold by the end of the program or activity.
*As measured by an improved demonstration of skill/knowledge at post-test as compared to pre-test (gain score) using a standardized test/instrument.
*Improved academic engagement: A positive and significant change in one of the following student behaviors or attitudes over the course of a school year. Measures of student behaviors include: increased attendance, increased completion of assignments including homework, increased teacher-reported participation, decreased disciplinary referrals and decreased reports of substance abuse. Measures of student attitudes include: increased interest in school, improved perspective on school climate, increased attachment to school and increased educational aspirations.

*On Time: Within four years.






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Once you click "submit," you will have a chance to review your full application. Please ensure that all fields are complete. You must then click "confirm." Once you confirm, a copy of the completed application will be sent immediately to the email address listed for the person completing this form.

 

By Wednesday, March 1, the person (or people) listed in the Contact Information section will be sent an email notification indicating whether this project has been selected to host a VISTA beginning in 2017-18, and site supervisors of selected projects will receive information on participation in the Site Supervisor Workshop.

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