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AmeriCorps*VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.


Baylor strives to engage students around issues of poverty and connect with local organizations, churches, schools, and agencies. In order to be effective in this endeavor, we need to build capacity in our current programs and make new connections with the community. The goals of this project are to:

  1. Connect with community organizations working to address poverty;
  2. Create campus programs that educate students about the issues surrounding poverty;
  3. Promote opportunities for involvement in the community that enrich the academic experience and address poverty;
  4. Build capacity within anti-poverty programs that are based at Baylor;
  5. Identify constituents and engage students in anti-poverty programs.

In order to achieve these goals, we host four AmeriCorps*VISTA members that work in the following areas: community development, poverty education, service learning, and hunger relief. If you are interested in serving at Baylor, please contact Jimmy Kohles.