Thinking about signing up for VISTA or AmeriCorps?     Hear from people who have done it with Step by Step.

Sarah Starks mentored middle-school at-risk students. She tells what it was like and the positive impact on her own life.

Jesse Ramey went to Step by Step afterschool as a teen. Now he enjoys serving with Step by Step as a VISTA member.

Ashley Current aims to be an MD working with low-income families. She feels her time with SBS left her better equipped.


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Every day, at Step by Step, our VISTAs and AmeriCorp members change lives for the better. We see it. We know the power of community service firsthand.

Step by Step started in 1988 with 12 kids. Thirty years later, Step by Step sponsors a wide range of programs designed to help lift West Virginians of all ages out of the poverty that could hold them back. We could not do what we do without VISTA and AmeriCorps members.


Our 14 afterschool sites, our middle-school StrengthsCorps mentoring program, our Grow Appalachia program and others - are all designed to help West Virginians build skills and confidence they need to take the next step.  On a broader level, we help communities grow their capacity to help the people who live there. Read more about Step by Step.

VISTAs commit to a year of service with a nonprofit or government entity. They work full time to help build their program’s capacity to serve and to last. Here's the national website. More about VISTA and AmeriCorps in West Virginia here. 


At Step by Step, our VISTAs help keep our afterschool programs running and provide organizational support that lets us effectively run more than 20 programs in three counties. If you want to learn how organizations work, VISTA is for you. Our AmeriCorps members work directly with the people in those programs. If you're looking for person-to person work, AmeriCorps is for you.

VISTA and AmeriCorps members are paid a living allowance by the AmeriCorps VISTA program. All are eligible to receive an education award or cash stipend after they complete their service.


Step by Step provides VISTA and AmeriCorps positions for not only our programs, but also for partner programs. We are a VISTA/AmeriCorps hub. If you think your organization might like to contract with Step by Step for one or more of those positions, please contact WHO CONTACT?.

Learn more about:

  • VISTA and/or AmeriCorps opportunities with Step by Step.

  • How to apply 

  • Hosting a VISTA or AmeriCorps worker

  • More VISTA resources


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You'll be part of a great group of people! More than 1,100 people served as VISTAs or AmeriCorps members in West Virginia in 2018-2019. .XX of them served with Step by Step.
The AmeriCorps and VISTA/AmeriCorps programs are different. Check out the detailed program descriptions for both:  VISTA and AmeriCorps
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