An AmeriCorps VISTA position through the UAB Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research is a year-long service and leadership program open to recent college graduates interested in strengthening UAB’s commitment and service to the Birmingham and Black Belt communities. VISTAs develop and complete projects designed to address educational inequity, public health, environmental sustainability, and economic opportunity initiatives in collaboration with K-12 schools and other community-based organizations.

To learn more about serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, please visit their website.

Join the Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research as a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA!

National VISTA openings are listed on the AmeriCorps VISTA website. Select Alabama-based opportunities are listed below (or search opportunities by state for a full list).

Current VISTAs

Destiny Gordwin

Destiny Gordwin

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Adam Kim

Adam Kim

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Khyla May

Khyla May

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Neelu Varghese

Neelu Varghese

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Summer Associate Positions (May 24th - Aug 2nd)

GraceWorks Summer Associate

The goal of the GraceWorks program is to provide a safe location and atmosphere for inner-city youth (ages 10-14) with opportunities to participate in service projects, educational enrichment activities, and spiritual exploration. GraceWorks’ goals also include activities to nurture self-confidence and an awareness of self-worth in the participants while teaching practical and interpersonal skills through the arts, workshops, and adventure trips.

Blazer Kitchen Summer Associate

The goal of this project is to increase food security in the UAB Community by providing healthy food, resources, and referrals to UAB employees, students, patients, and their families.

Journey to Attorney Pre-Law Camp Facilitator

The goal of this project is to introduce and develop pre-professional competencies in high school students to ultimately improve their acceptance and performance in professional schools and deputize them with restorative leadership touchstones to do justice.

Anytown Alabama Media & Logistics Coordinator

Alaquest Collaborative For Education (ACE) programs encourage improved mental health, reduced violence, and foster positive environments for both students and adults. Specifically, ACE work in schools is dedicated to improved academic performance, life outcomes, and increased graduation rates of students in underserved communities.

Montgomery County Community Activator

Alaquest Collaborative For Education (ACE) programs encourage improved mental health, reduced violence, and foster positive environments for both students and adults. Specifically, ACE work in schools is dedicated to improved academic performance, life outcomes, and increased graduation rates of students in underserved communities.

BAMA Kids Summer Associate

BAMA (Better Activities Make All-Around) Kids, Inc. is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to the holistic development of youth and their families in Wilcox County. BAMA Kids, Inc. coordinates resources to provide a comprehensive range of activities that serve as alternatives to negative behavior. BAMA Kids, Inc. has been successful in coordinating existing resources, combining varied activities, and developing others in order to establish a comprehensive program across the county. Through participation, youth gain educational, social, and communication skills, as well as, information and support to maintain sound physical, emotional, and mental health. Caring staff and mentors serve as positive reinforcement and nurture the youth in this program. At the same time, parents of the youth acquire skills that serve to strengthen the family unit. BAMA Kids, Inc. focuses on the children and youth in the family, develops a relationship with them, which then facilitates a rapport with parents who would otherwise be difficult to reach. The Summer Enrichment Program will focus on academic readiness and retention of learning, mentoring, life skills, and cultural arts. BAMA Kids is also a registered summer feeding site. Outputs and outcomes will include: # of meals served, retention of reading, writing, and mathematics skills, and character-building sessions, and near-peer mentoring to reduce youth substance use and abuse.

VISTA Opportunities

Agency Capacity Coordinator

The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s (CFBCA) mission is to feed people in need today and foster collaborative solutions to end hunger tomorrow. CFBCA aims to accomplish this mission by supplying upwards of 20 million meals per year to over 250 Partner Agencies across a 12 county service area. CFBCA’s Partner Agencies (501c3 non-profits or religious organizations) work toward closing the hunger gap by addressing food insecurity in their communities. Our Agencies and Programs Department actively recruits new partners while monitoring and supporting our existing Agency Network.

BAMA Kids Engagement Coordinator

BAMA Kids Inc. exists to improve the well-being-both physically and spiritually of youth in Wilcox County by combining organized recreational and educational activities, developing and promoting leadership involvement for youth and their parents, and by promoting life skills to prevent substance abuse and other harmful activities.

Project ETC Coordinator

The overall goal of this project is to enhance awareness of the modes of HIV transmission and to increase the HIV prevention efforts for individuals who are receiving services in Drug and Substance Treatment Facilities and linkage to care for individuals with newly diagnosed HIV infection.

Food Security Coordinator

Serve with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research, to support and connect community organizations in the Birmingham area that are working to promote and maintain food security.

Opioid Addiction Prevention and Education

Working with the Community Health Action Partnerships for Jefferson and Walker Counties through the United Way or the UAB School of Public Health or the UAB School of Medicine, VISTAs will support work in Opioid prevention and education by engaging in the following service activities:

  1. Facilitate Partnerships,
  2. Leveraging Community Volunteers,
  3. Program Planning, Creation, and Expansion,
  4. Outreach,
  5. Program Development and Implementation,
  6. Assessment and Evaluation, and/or
  7. Resource Development

UAB Outreach and Engagement Fellowship

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) Outreach and Engagement fellows will develop projects designed to increase UAB student and faculty involvement in education, health, and economic opportunity initiatives in collaboration with K-12 schools and other community-based organizations.

Restorative Leadership Coordinator (LifeCrafter Foundation)

Recruit non-traditional, pre-professional students, and through experiential learning programming and pre-law advising, equip them with the competencies to develop and model restorative leadership through the lens of law in their communities to recognize and combat injustice and alleviate associated poverty.

UAB Media Fellow

The UAB Media Fellow will promote the Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research and its programming throughout UAB and the Birmingham metro area. This work will assist in increasing UAB student and faculty involvement in education, health, and economic opportunity initiatives in collaboration with community-based organizations and K-12 schools.

Assistant Agency Relations Coordinator

The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s mission is to feed people in need today and foster collaborative solutions to end hunger tomorrow. We accomplish this mission by supplying millions of meals per year to 250 food pantries, shelters, and children’s programs in 12 counties of Central Alabama. Our Partner Agencies (501c3 non-profits or religious organizations) are working on closing the hunger gap in their community. Our Agency Relations Department actively recruits new partners, while monitoring, and supporting our existing Agency Network. Without our Partner Agencies, CFB would not be able to complete our mission.

Community Food Bank Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s mission is to feed people in need today and foster collaborative solutions to end hunger tomorrow. We accomplish this mission by supplying millions of meals per year to 250 food pantries, shelters, and children’s programs in 12 counties of Central Alabama. This project is sustained by recruiting new volunteers and developing ways of keeping past volunteers involved. The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama alleviates poverty by allowing individuals experiencing food insecurity to focus their efforts and income on activities that lead to self-sufficiency.

Cahaba Assistant Development/Outreach Coordinator

The goal of this project is to build capacity for Cahaba Riverkeeper’s science-based programs through development and outreach activities to protect, restore, and promote the Cahaba River and its water basin in Alabama. We patrol the waters and respond to pollution complaints and take action to ensure the problem is resolved. We educate the public about swim safety and trash abatement through active monitoring initiatives. We educate via social and mass media and in classrooms, including a school-based clean water and environment curriculum for middle school science teachers and students to raise awareness and knowledge of clean water.

Coosa RiverKeeper Development Coordinator

To build capacity for Coosa Riverkeeper’s programs through development activities to protect, restore, and promote the Coosa River and its tributaries in Alabama. We patrol the waters and respond to pollution complaints. Our organization educates the public about swim safety and fish consumption through active monitoring initiatives. When necessary, we advocate for the river in courtrooms and classrooms.

Regional Workforce and Education Systems Data Designer

To ensure equitable access to education and training opportunities for all residents in the region that lead to local career opportunities. The Building (it)Together Initiative Vista project will collect research and data to create better alignment among education and training providers and build the capacity of educational institutions to graduate students skilled and qualified for the current labor market. The VISTAs will Ensure curriculum, programs, and institutions are aligned with the region’s current and expected growth within the target industries.

Rural Health Liaison

The VISTA will serve as connectors and communicators between UAB Department of pediatrics project personnel and community members to facilitate capacity building for the Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infection in at-risk communities in rural Alabama public health promotion project.

Wilcox County Community Health Liaison

The liaison will support health education, research, and community development in partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and West Central Alabama Community Health Improvement League (WCACHIL). Their efforts will build the capacity of WCAHIL and empower the community to alleviate pressing health concerns.

Assistant Community Engagement Coordinator

To engage the community in Dallas County Alabama to participate in public health screenings. To empower the community to take responsibility for their health outcomes. The VISTA will be instrumental in all aspects of research including, recruitment, retention, and visit coordination. The VISTA will help build capacity related to public health and create a sustainable health improvement plan that can be leveraged to alleviate poverty.

Marketing, Promotions, and Special Events Assistant

YouthServe exists to promote youth volunteerism and leadership while giving youth the tools to make positive impacts in their communities. YouthServe empowers youth leadership through civic engagement, service, and philanthropy.

Entrepreneurship Program Development Coordinator

Urban Impact Inc. (UII) is a 501 (c)(3) local place-based community and economic development agency that advances asset building, economic opportunity, and revitalization of the Historic 4th Avenue Business District and the Civil Rights District through support and services to assist individuals, businesses and developers. We strive to lead, build and grow traditionally underserved and historic African-American commercial districts and communities. We create economic opportunities and impact people, places, and businesses.

Revitalization Program Development Coordinator

Urban Impact Inc. (UII) is a 501 (c)(3) local place-based community and economic development agency that advances asset building, economic opportunity, and revitalization of the Historic 4th Avenue Business District and the Civil Rights District through support and services to assist individuals, businesses and developers. We strive to lead, build and grow traditionally underserved and historic African-American commercial districts and communities. We create economic opportunities and impact people, places, and businesses.

Samford University Outreach and Engagement Fellow

The goal of the project is to increase the organizational capacity of partnering organizations that serve low-income communities and families. The VISTA will develop policies, procedures and programming that result in improved university-community project operations and effectiveness. By building long-term sustainability and enhancing the positive impact of Samford University’s community partnerships, this VISTA member will support the growing number of Mann Center initiatives that engage university students and employees.

Regional Workforce and Education Systems Data Designer

To ensure equitable access to education and training opportunities for all residents in the region that lead to local career opportunities. The Building (it) Together Initiative Vista project will collect research and data to create better alignment among education and training providers and build the capacity of educational institutions to graduate students skilled and qualified for the current labor market. The VISTAs will Ensure curriculum, programs, and institutions are aligned with the region’s current and expected growth within the target industries.

Marketing and Development Coordinator

Alaquest Collaborative For Education (ACE) programs encourage improved mental health, reduced violence, and foster positive environments for both students and adults. Specifically, ACE work in schools is dedicated to improved academic performance, life outcomes, and increased graduation rates of students in underserved communities.

Education, Outreach, and Communications Coordinator for UAB Sustainability

Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Performance toward sustainability can be described using the triple bottom line, which encourages decision-making based on effects among the interrelated dimensions of economy, society, and environment. For example, selecting the type of paper to use in offices may include not just the cost of the paper (economy), but also the way the trees are harvested to make the paper (environment) and how the paper company’s employees are treated (society).

YouthServe Program Assistant

YouthServe exists to promote youth volunteerism and leadership while giving youth the tools to make positive impacts in their communities. YouthServe empowers youth leadership through civic engagement, service, and philanthropy.

Overdose to Action VISTA

The mission of the Jefferson County Department of Health is to prevent disease and assure access to quality health care, promote a healthy lifestyle and a healthy environment and protect against public health threats.

Blazer Kitchen-Food Security VSITA

Blazer Kitchen is UAB's on-campus food pantry open to all UAB students and employees. The pantry provides fresh and non-perishable foods as well as toiletries and household supplies to those who are food insecure.