As a key initiative of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the North Mississippi VISTA Project fights poverty through education. AmeriCorps*VISTA core principles are poverty alleviation, capacity building, sustainable solutions, and community empowerment.

Where We Serve

VISTA members dedicate one year of full-time national service to build sustainable systems that connect the University of Mississippi to underserved communities throughout a 28-county area. VISTA members serve in schools, community colleges, non-profit organizations, and centers at the University of Mississippi. VISTA members extend and deepen community engagement efforts at UM, and serve as a conduit to connect community partner organizations to the university. The NMVP network brings together campus and community-based organizations working to promote educational success, financial literacy, housing stability, and food security.

Placements for the 2020-2021 program year include:

Boys and Girls Club of Lexington – Lexington, MS

But God Ministries – Jonestown, MS

Doors of Hope Transition Ministries–Oxford, MS

Griot Arts – Clarksdale, MS

Higher Purpose Co. – Clarksdale, MS

LOU Reads – Oxford, MS

Minority PUL Alliance – Tupelo, MS

Operation Fit Nation – Oxford, MS

Oxford Community Market – Oxford, MS

Pontotoc County School District – Pontotoc, MS

Rust College Community Development Corporation–Holly Springs, MS

Union County Heritage Museum – New Albany, MS

University of Mississippi Center for Mathematics and Science Education–University, MS

University of Mississippi Luckyday Program–University, MS

University of Mississippi School of Education—University, MS

Yoknapatawpha Arts Council—Oxford, MS