Experience + Impact

Join The Oaks Academy as an AmeriCorps VISTA to work alongside fundraising and marketing pros, and make a meaningful impact in the lives of Indianapolis students.

Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA


data analyst

Help create systems to effectively communicate about schools that make a difference. Real responsibility; meaningful impact. Join a top-notch team.

Position start in July 2018

brand & Communications Designer

At The Oaks Academy, you’ll use video, photography, social media, graphic design, web design, email, printed materials and more to tell powerful stories of urban education, renewal, and diversity.

Position start in July 2018

what past vistas say

I’ve enjoyed every minute serving as a VISTA at The Oaks Academy. The team provided opportunities for professional development, networking, and personal growth. I came to serve the organization, but they have given me so much in return.

Nicole Livingston

Oaks Academy VISTA, Erin

Serving as an #AmeriCorpsVISTA allowed me the unique opportunity to not only spend a year in service, but also to gain invaluable job training right after graduating college. I'll be forever grateful for my year in service at The Oaks.

Erin Wissler Gerdes


Since 1965, the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program’s mission has been is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. 

About the VISTA Program

  • Requires a full-time commitment (40 hours per week) for 12 months
  • No religious activity required
  • No political activity allowed

Benefits of Participating

  • VISTA Living Allowance:  Approximately $927 per month

  • VISTA Health Benefit Program

  • VISTA Training:  Pre-Service Orientation, On-site Orientation

  • Relocation (~$550) if moving more than 50 miles

  • Life Insurance, if requested

  • Public Assistance, if eligible


End of Service Benefits
Pending successful completion of 12-month service

  • $5,550 Education Award and Federal Student Loan Forbearance
  • OR $1,500 Cash Stipend and Student Loan Deferment
  • AND Non-Competitive Eligibility for Federal Agency Employment