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

Giorgia Ellard

Giorgia Ellard

VISTA Leader

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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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VISTA Opportunities

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.