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Ready to lead change? Join MAVA VISTA!

What MAVA Does

The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) connects, educates, strengthens, and advocates for volunteer engagement leaders and their organizations to positively impact communities.

As an intermediary organization for the Americorps VISTA project, MAVA provides professional development, training, and administrative support to a cohort of VISTA members. By joining the MAVA VISTA cohort you have the support of a large volunteer management network along with access to all of MAVA's trainings, including our Volunteer Impact Leadership Series, at little or no cost to you the VISTA member. 

The Cohort Experience
MAVA VISTA members participate in our learning cohort which consists of all VISTA members serving at each of our individual host sites. We meet biweekly to build your skill set, grow your network and launch your career. You will feel the support of a peer learning cohort while you build the capacity of your host organization through activities such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment. AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program serve in an office setting and gain experience and leadership skills. This opportunity prepares members for a life of service in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.

What Members Do
Members serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program serve full time for one-year terms. They build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities. 

Open Positions
The MAVA VISTA Program will start recruitment for the 2021/2022 service year in Spring 2021. Check out our current and future host sites here.


Living Allowance 
Members receive a modest bi-weekly living allowance to cover basic expenses.

Professional Development Training
Members have the opportunity to attend in-person and virtual training to learn how to be a community development change agent.
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE)
AmeriCorps VISTA is the only AmeriCorps program that allows members to earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving members an edge in the federal hiring process.

Segal Education Award
End of Service Award Members can choose between a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,000) to pay for a range of education expenses or a $1,800 cash stipend. 

For more information or to connect with our VISTA Program Supervisor contact Maureen Bourgeois:  or 612-568-3580