AmeriCorps at Focus: HOPE

Who We Are 

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters and more. 

What We Do 

Currently, Focus: HOPE hosts 9 year-long VISTAs and 8 Summer Associates.

About AmeriCorps


AmeriCorps VISTA members build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time for one-year terms. 


Leaders work to expand and build the capacity of individual AmeriCorps VISTA members and their service sites. AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders have previously served a full term of full-time service with any AmeriCorps program or with Peace Corps and have demonstrated exemplary skills and leadership in community service. 


The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program offers individuals the opportunity to become engaged in a community through an existing AmeriCorps VISTA project for 8, 9, or 10 weeks during the summer. 

Since 1965, over 220,000 VISTA members have served with the mission to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty. VISTA serves in each of the 50 U.S. States and in all U.S. Territories. VISTA members go where they are needed and make a difference through volunteering and the mobilization of resources.

Become a VISTA with Focus: HOPE

VISTA Community Research & Education Coordinator

Identify goals for the Urban Learning & Leadership Collaborative (ULLC) ; Establish program to continue Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline (DSTOPP) ; Support with the annual March for HOPE event ; Support the work of Generation of Promise (GoP) colleagues to get committed speakers and mentors for program days ; Build a “rolodex” of individuals tasked with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) work in the Detroit Metropolitan area. ; Produce the HOPE Speaks podcast ; Identify grants, foundations, requests for proposals and other funding sources for work by the ULLC, DSTOPP and GoP programs.

Events & Training Coordinator VISTA

Engage program alumni and donors in Generation of Promise (GoP); Create networking and mentorship events for GoP alumni and current students; Collect alumni feedback and perspectives to streamline GoP board operations; Plan an alumni-focused fundraising event; Lead AECE hosted events and AECE’s participation in events; Coordinate AECE meetings and obligations for the annual March for HOPE event; Develop an annual Focus: HOPE training schedule with development topics, timelines and standardized approval processes; Develop administrative tools for external diversity trainings; Find clients for external trainings ; Research funding for trainings; Relaunch the HOPE Speaks podcast, engage the community and organize speakers; Take an active role in all aspects of AECE events and trainings.

Operations Development Coordinator

The Operations Development Coordinator will assist with cultivating both Volunteer Department operations and VISTA program development. This VISTA will be responsible for data collection and data entry; support volunteer recruitment and engagement events, and other volunteer engagement activities to assist the Volunteer Department. Other projects will include: developing and maintaining the VISTA website page; organizing professional development activities for VISTAs and developing accessible resources relevant to their service. This role is a hybrid model of onsite and virtual support. Schedule will vary based on COVID protocols until further notice.

HOPE Village Volunteer and Program Coordinator VISTA

The VISTA will build a data base and track outcomes for community members that are engaged by the Community Health Advocate. They will identify a list of supplemental resources available to support community members. The VISTA will also recruit volunteers, and help coordinate and oversee volunteer projects. The goals are to track data that will demonstrate the outcomes for the Community Health Advocate Health Initiative, identify a number resources, such as: roof repair, wheel chair ramps, etc., and recruiting 10-20 volunteers for HOPE Village projects a month.

About Focus: HOPE

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Contact Us!

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Contact the AmeriCorps Team!

Khristi Miller

Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager

Amber Kainz

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Administrator Volunteer & Community Outreach

Britney Underwood

VISTA Leader & Engagement Coordinator Volunteer & Community Outreach