West Virginia’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth, AmeriCorps VISTA Project places AmeriCorps Summer Associate VISTA members at non-profit organizations/schools/state agencies to provide the Five Promises to children and youth. These Associates will facilitate Education Programming to prevent summer learning loss for students; STEM, Reading, Arts, Healthy Futures, Gardening, etc. and/or Summer Feeding Sites- programming to add or support meal sites that serve both youth and elders (intergenerational congregate meal sites), including USDA Summer Food Service Programs and senior meal programs. Summer Associates participate in summer feeding programs by distributing meals to community members or bringing the meals to a point of access for community members. They do not act as cooks.
The Summer Associate program allows for organizations to supplement their anti-poverty activities with an infusion of "hands-on volunteers" during the summer months. Unlike year-round VISTAs, Summer Associates can perform direct service activities,
serving as mentors and coordinators. The summer program is a prime opportunity to introduce individuals, particularly college-age students, to national service with the hope it will lead to their participation in full-time programs later on.
The Summer Associate program offers individuals the opportunity to participate for either 8, 9 or 10 weeks. Summer Associate members serve a minimum of 35 hours per week. Since 2011 WV's Promise has provided Summer Associate resources through out WV.
2023 Summer Associate Reports