PHENND seeks 18 AmeriCorps VISTAs for nonprofit agencies

Join a cohort that works to strengthen communities and alleviate poverty by building capacity at local Philadelphia nonprofits.  Be one of 18 full-time AmeriCorps VISTAs serving in various nonprofits across the region as “PHENND Fellows.”

About this project

Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) Fellows places passionate and talented college graduates with local Philadelphia nonprofits as AmeriCorps VISTA members. The program has a three-fold mission (1) Support local nonprofits fighting poverty across a wide range of issues (2) Train and retain local talent to stay and work in Philadelphia and (3) Develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

PHENND Fellows will have up to 18 specific sites for the 2024-2025 program year. Each of those positions will be listed separately on MyAmeriCorps and if you have a specific interest in one or more of them, please apply for them directly. You will find all of them once you search the listings using “PHENND” as the program name.

Benefits & Compensation

AmeriCorps VISTAs commit to a full-time year of service for a minimal living stipend of approximately $22,882 per year. VISTA members are provided health coverage and loan forbearance for any current federal student loans. Upon completion of the full year, they also receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of $7,395 that can be used to pay for future educational expenses and/or pay off federal student loans. SEPTA Transpass provided. Note, we expect most sites to be in-person, though there may be some that are virtual and/or hybrid.

All PHENND Fellows will also receive extensive professional development as a cohort, in addition to any site specific training. PHENND Fellows participate in monthly diversity/equity training, “Visits with Civic Leaders,” and other training/professional development. PHENND Fellows are also allowed to take up to two courses at the La Salle Nonprofit Center (or other similar conferences/training) paid for by the program.  PHENND Fellows will also be provided with a monthly trailpass or have local travel (non-commuting) reimbursed. Members also have access to member emergency fund through the City of Philadelphia.

Post-service benefits include: (1) Schools of National Service tuition discounts at select colleges (2) Employers of National Service and (3) AmeriCorps Alumni Network


    February 28-May 31 — Application open.  Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. Expect a phone interview if your application passes an initial review.
    March 31-June 3 — Top candidates interviewed by one or more host site organization.  Offers made.
    June 15 — Deadline to accept PHENND Fellow offer
    August 12, 2024 — Program start date
    August 11, 2025 – Program end date

To learn more, please contact Roslynn Blount or Joy Johnson.