Interested in seeing how your tribal community can become more climate resilient through hosting an Americorps VISTA Volunteer? This new opportunity is available at little to no cost to tribes. Please join us to learn more about how to apply!
WHEN: 2:00pm Eastern, Thursday, November 10, 2016
Call-in: 1-877-951-3850 Passcode: 11032016
What can Resilience VISTAS do for you?: The BIA Climate Office and AIHEC are partnering to identify Tribes and Tribal organizations wishing to host a VISTA volunteer to work on community climate resilience projects.  VISTA volunteers can be recruited to:
  • Assist with climate change strategic planning and vulnerability assessments
  • Provide opportunities for concerned community members to become meaningfully engaged in outreach, education, research, and planning activities
  • Facilitate sustained interaction among Tribal communities facing similar issues and with the larger climate change response community, in particular U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Hubs and U.S. Dept. of Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers. 
VISTAs can serve as a resource to help provide capacity for community-driven projects that address pressing local climate change concerns.  Following VISTA guidelines, your project can focus on one or more of these programming priorities: economic development, healthy futures, or environmental stewardship (with an economic development or healthy futures component). In addition, projects are required to incorporate all four core VISTA principles: Capacity Building, Community Empowerment, Anti-Poverty Focus, and Sustainable Solutions (all of which should be relatively easy to include in a climate resilience project).
Background: AmeriCorps VISTA is willing to provide VISTAs to Tribal organizations through the Tribal Resiliency initiative, covering the cost of the VISTA stipend and other benefits VISTAs receive.  AIHEC and the BIA Climate Office have identified several cost-share options that minimize cost to the host Tribal organization, particularly for those that are in a position to collaborate with a Tribal College.  See an example of a current announcement for a Resilient VISTA volunteer to help the Fon du Lac Tribal and Community College in collaboration the the Fon du Lac Band from a previous opportunity announcement.
Please join us on November 10th to learn how to apply or contact Al Kuslikis:


Event date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 11:00am