OneStar VISTA Intermediary Host Sites

Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas – Austin

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (1)

Location: Austin

Focus Areas: Education

Description: The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life (www.annettestrauss.org) at The University of Texas at Austin envisions a democracy where all citizens are informed, vote, and are actively involved in improving their communities. Through nonpartisan research, education, and outreach, the Institute seeks to understand and overcome obstacles to civic engagement. The Education Outreach VISTA will help build the capacity of the Annette Strauss Institute’s youth action civics initiative, Speak Up! Speak Out! (SUSO).

Program Contact: Korrine Salas Young (Korrine.Young@austin.utexas.edu)

Website: http://moody.utexas.edu/strauss/suso

 

Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (2)

SUMMER ASSOCIATE VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 30 (0)

Location: Austin

Focus Areas: Education

Description: Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps (ASC) works to engage and empower youth through education and outdoor experiences. ASC provides opportunities for youth ages 7-15 in Central Texas through week-long residential summer camps at Zilker Park and Lake Travis and through the Sunshine 4 Afterschool program, serving Austin ISD middle school students during the school year. The Volunteer and Community Outreach VISTA will develop processes and systems for volunteer coordination and community outreach. Additionally, VISTA Summer Associates will serve as Summer Camp counselors to help fight summer learning loss.

Program Contact: Jenny Stucky (jenny@sunshinecamps.org)

Website: http://www.sunshinecamps.org/

 

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 6 (5)

Location: Houston

Focus Areas: Education

Description:  The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (BBHLF) mission is to improve the quality of life of Houstonians across all age groups through the power of literacy. The Volunteer Management VISTAs, the Communication VISTA, the Development VISTA and Technology VISTA collaborate to support and carryout the Blueprint for Action to address the literacy crisis in Houston.

Program Contact: José Calvillo (jose.bushliteracy@gmail.com)

Website: http://www.bushhoustonliteracy.org/

 

Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T)

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 2 (2)

Location: San Marcos

Focus Areas: Disaster Services

Description: The Blanco River Regional Recovery Group seeks to strengthen area-wide disaster coordination in Blanco, Caldwell, Hays and Guadalupe counties by sharing information, simplifying resident access, and jointly resolving cases with unmet needs. The Volunteer Management VISTA and Development & Communication VISTA aid in long term recovery following the devastating Memorial Day & All Saints Day Floods of 2015.

Program Contact: Thomas Monahan (tmonahan@br3t.org)

Website: http://www.br3t.org/

 

Cause Studio

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (0)

Location: Dallas

Focus Areas: Economic Opportunity

Description: Cause Studio aims to reduce the number of failing startup nonprofit organizations by providing resources, training and tools that are designed to scale, encourage collaboration and sustain impactful programs and services. Nonprofit Capacity Building Fellowship (NCBF) VISTA will update and execute the organization’s fund development plan, develop community relationships to help establish a financially sustainable organization, and help launch and coordinate the Fellowship program.

Program Contact: Kimberly O’Neil (kimberly@causestudio.co)

Website: http://www.causestudio.co

 

Combined Arms

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 2 (0)

Location: Houston

Focus Areas: Veterans and Military Families

Description: Combined Arms’ goal is to foster and perpetuate a long-standing culture of collaboration among military service organizations in the Greater Houston Area. By integrating the network, they seek to reduce inefficiencies in the transition process, increasing the impact veterans have in the community. The System Navigator VISTA will be responsible for thinking critically about process improvement and updating the Intake Process Standard Operating Procedure manual with best practices. The Community Liaison VISTA will be responsible for discovering new resources that fill any gaps in needs and with communicating with new and existing partner organizations to ensure that their expectations are met, requests are responded to, and exemplary support is provided for their missions.

Program Contact: Bryan Escobedo (bescobedo@combinedarms.us)

Website: https://www.combinedarms.us/

 

Communities In Schools of North Texas

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (0)

Location: Lewisville

Focus Areas: Education

Description: The goal of Communities In Schools of North Texas is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. In an effort to help at-risk students overcome barriers and achieve their goals, CISNT believes that every child deserves five basic things, which serve as the foundation of all CISNT programs and services: a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation, and a chance to give back to peers and community. The Volunteer Management VISTAs will seek to develop organizational stability through increased community engagement and volunteerism and increased support.

Program Contact: Amber Shattuck (ashattuck@cisnt.org)

Website: http://cisnt.org/

 

Dallas Zoo

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (1)

Location: Dallas

Focus Areas: Environmental Stewardship; Education

Description: The Dallas Zoo's Education Department works to connect children and families to incredible wildlife resources unique to the Zoo. Within the Education Department, the Youth Volunteer Community Outreach VISTA will provide low-income youth with rewarding, affordable, educational, engaging volunteer opportunities to serve the Dallas community in a safe, supervised environment.

Program Contact: Marti Copeland (Marti.Copeland@dallaszoo.com)

Website: http://www.dallaszoo.com/

 

Denton Independent School District Adult Education and Literacy (Texas Workforce Commission)

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (1)

Location: Denton

Focus Areas: Economic Opportunity; Education

Description: In partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, Denton Independent School District’s Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program provides adult learners with quality programs and services to help them acquire and develop literacy skills so that they reach their full potential.  The Adult Education and Literacy Capacity Building VISTA will be responsible for building enrollment in AEL programs through developing strategic partnerships, creating marketing materials, conducting community outreach to build program capacity, and supporting the organization’s student retention, retention research and retention strategies.

Program Contact: David Gerabagi (dgerabagi@dentonisd.org)

Website: http://www.dentonisd.org/adulted

 

Friends of Wednesday’s Child

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (0)

Location: Dallas

Focus Areas: Education

Description: Friends of Wednesday’s Child transforms the lives of children in foster care through education. They accomplish this through improving outcomes for children in foster care, driving student achievement to increase high school completion rates, and closing the educational gap for children in foster care. The Data Visualization and Donor Database VISTA will maximize community awareness by utilizing a data visualization portal to create informative visuals and other communication materials using statistical data, and supporting development staff to steward new and strengthen existing donor relationships by maintaining the organization’s donor database.

Program Contact: Claire Anderson (CAnderson@wedchild.org)

Website: https://wedchild.org/

 

Harris County Department of Education: CASE for Kids

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 4 (4)

Location: Houston

Focus Areas: Education

Description: Harris County Department of Education’s Center for Afterschool, Summer and Expanded Learning (CASE for Kids), is a division dedicated to supporting high quality out of school time (OST) programming to over 7,000 students each year. CASE for Kids’ 4 VISTAs (Community Engagement VISTA, Social Emotional Learning VISTA, School Readiness VISTA, and Sustainability) help communities by building collaborative partnerships to support at-risk students and their families and educate elected officials, foundations and businesses on the importance of sustaining effective programs.

Program Contact: Adrian Fields (afields@hcde-texas.org)

Website: http://www.hcde-texas.org/default.aspx?name=025.CASE

 

HealthStart Foundation

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (1)

Location: Austin

Focus Areas: Healthy Futures

Description: HealthStart designs fun, science-based programs to help children adopt healthy habits younger. The Development-Outreach VISTA helps design and execute development, marketing, and communications plans in coordination with HealthStart's Development Committee.

Program Contact: Robin Herskowitz (robin@healthstartfoundation.org)

Website: http://www.healthstartfoundation.org/

 

Imagine Art

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 2 (0)

Location: Austin

Focus Areas: Economic Opportunity

Description: Imagine Art is a faith-based organization that has established a space where both artists with and without disabilities thrive. Imagine Art offers specialized supports tailored to empower artists with disabilities to create art.  Non-disabled players engage as working artists in our studios to create a diverse, inclusive space. The Long Term Care VISTAs will seek to design and establish innovative programming of long-term care residential services for Imagine Art’s community.

Program Contact: Debbie Kizer (debbie@imagineart.net)

Website: http://www.imagineart.net/

 

Navarro College: Adult Education (Texas Workforce Commission)

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (1)

Location: Corsicana

Focus Areas: Economic Opportunity; Education

Description: In partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, Navarro College’s Adult Education Program inspires and enables all adults, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential. The Adult Education and Literacy Capacity Building VISTA will be responsible for building enrollment in AEL programs through developing strategic partnerships, creating marketing materials, conducting community outreach to build program capacity, and supporting the organization’s student retention, retention research and retention strategies.

Program Contact: Leslie Hayes (leslie.hayes@navarrocollege.edu)

Website: http://www.navarrocollege.edu/basic-education/

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Austin (NAMI)

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed):1 (0)

Location: Austin

Focus Areas: Healthy Futures;

Description: NAMI is the largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI offers no-cost classes and support group programs for people affected by mental illness and their loved ones as well as education and training for schools, workplaces, faith communities and neighborhoods. With more than nine education programs— including support groups, community meetings, and other outreach—NAMI Austin is a vital resource for individuals and families when they need a place to turn. The Donor and Volunteer Relations VISTA will seek to develop a more intentional volunteer program and identify and implement donor and volunteer data management programs.

Program Contact: Karen Ranus (karen.ranus@namiaustin.org)

Website: http://www.namiaustin.org/

 

NextOp

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 2 (1)

Location: Houston

Focus Areas: Veterans and Military Families

Description: NextOp recruits, trains, and places high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders into energy, construction and healthcare careers. NextOp seeks to recruit the next generation of veteran business leaders and help make Houston the best city in the world for veterans. NextOp’s Veterans Employment VISTA will improve partnership processes and boost community outreach efforts to recruit more high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders.

Program Contact: Julio Martinez (Julio@nextopvets.org)

Website: https:/nextopvets.org/

 

OneStar Foundation

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 3 (2)

Location: Austin – Statewide

Focus Areas: Disaster Services; Economic Opportunity

Description: OneStar promotes the nonprofit sector and innovative public-private partnerships to drive community solutions. The Disaster Resiliency VISTA will work closely with long-term recovery (LTR) groups in disaster affected communities to ensure that resources are made available to those with the greatest level of need.  OneStar’s VISTA Intermediary Project will also have two VISTA Leaders to help support OneStar’s VISTAs serving throughout Texas.

Program Contact: Glenn Goodrich (glenn@onestarfoundation.org); Damian Morales (damian@onestarfoundation.org)

Website: http://onestarfoundation.org/

 

Region 9 Education Service Center (Texas Workforce Commission)

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (1)

Location: Wichita Falls

Focus Areas: Economic Opportunity; Education

Description: In partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, Region 9 Education Service Center’s Adult Education and Literacy Program provides adults with education that enables them to effectively acquire the skills necessary for literate functioning; participate in job training and retraining programs; obtain and retain employment; and continue their education. The Adult Education and Literacy Capacity Building VISTA will be responsible for building enrollment in AEL programs through developing strategic partnerships, creating marketing materials, conducting community outreach to build program capacity, and supporting the organization’s student retention, retention research and retention strategies.

Program Contact: Octaviano Garza (octaviano.garza@esc9.net)

Website: http://www.esc9.net/index.php?pageID=112686_2

 

Rowlett Chamber Foundation: Rowlett Long Term Recovery Committee

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (1)

Location: Rowlett

Focus Areas: Disaster Services

Description: The Rowlett Chamber Foundation creates, facilitates, and finalizes projects and programs to assist with job generators, diversifying taxes, and sustainable growth and education in Rowlett. The Foundation partners with the City of Rowlett and the Rowlett Long-Term Recovery Committee to assist individuals and families recover from the tornado that hit Rowlett, Texas on December 26, 2015. The Rowlett Long Term Recovery VISTA will work closely with the Rowlett Long Term Recovery Committee and sub-committees to manage and coordinate disaster relief strategies and programs.

Program Contact: Diane Lemmons (diane@rowlettchamber.com)

Website: http://www.ci.rowlett.tx.us/index.aspx?NID=1427

 

Science Mill

SUMMER ASSOCIATE VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 5 (0)

Location: Johnson City

Focus Areas: Education

Description: Hill Country Science Mill, housed in an historic 1880s gristmill, seeks to excite and engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and inspire them to pursue post-secondary education and career paths in these fields. With interactive and technology based exhibits and programs, all students, including those who have traditionally been under-represented in STEM will see themselves as part of a future STEM workforce. VISTA Summer Associates will serve as Summer Camp Teaching Associates to help fight summer learning loss.

Program Contact: Andrew Ellis (andrew.ellis@sciencemill.org)

Website: http://www.sciencemill.org/

 

Urban Roots

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (1)

Location: Austin

Focus Areas: Economic Opportunity; Healthy Futures

Description: Urban Roots is a youth development organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. The Food and Leadership Program VISTA will help build Urban Roots’ new college-aged Food & Leadership Fellowship program from the ground up. Fellows will lead volunteers on the farm, build life and job skills, explore food justice, and learn to mentor high school aged Urban Roots youth.

Program Contact: Ian Hunter-Crawford (ian@urbanrootsatx.org)

Website: http://urbanrootsatx.org/

 

Webber Family Foundation: Central Texas Education Funders (CTEF)

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (1)

Location: Austin

Focus Areas: Education

Description: Central Texas Education Funders (CTEF) is a learning and networking organization dedicated to informing local funders about current education issues and grant-making trends in Central Texas. The CTEF Education Resource VISTA will strengthen Austin’s non-profit sector and improve opportunities for under-resourced communities through the development of a “Library of Virtual Education Resources”.

Program Contact: Marisol Foster (marisol@webberfoundation.org)

Website: http://www.centraltexasedfunders.org/

 

Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas (Texas Workforce Commission)

VISTAs Awarded (Current VISTAs Placed): 1 (1)

Location: Dallas

Focus Areas: Economic Opportunity; Education

Description: In partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is mandated to implement a system of services that complement economic development – as a resource for employers to access the quality employees they need, and training individuals to be successfully employed. The Adult Education and Literacy Capacity Building VISTA will be responsible for building enrollment in AEL programs through developing strategic partnerships, creating marketing materials, conducting community outreach to build program capacity, and supporting the organization’s student retention, retention research and retention strategies.

Program Contact: Demetria Robinson (drobinson@wfsdallas.com)

Website: http://www.wfsdallas.com/