ERIC Number: ED365803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation Report on the Volunteers in Service to America Summer Associates Program.
ACTION, Washington, DC.
The Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Summer Associates program enabled 708 people to work full time in low-income areas with 33 existing VISTA sponsors throughout the country for 8-10 weeks in direct service roles performing counseling, tutoring, community outreach, office work, surveys, and home construction. Associates served an average of 9 weeks and received subsistence allowances averaging $620 per month; 97% completed their tour of service. The program was evaluated by analyzing data collected from 1- to 3-day site visits at 14 projects and data from questionnaires completed by 719 associates upon entering and 513 who completed the program (a 75% return rate), 94 questionnaires completed by VISTA volunteers working with the associates (a 47% return rate), and 120 questionnaires completed by project and site supervisors (a 78% return rate). According to the evaluation, the summer associates completed an average of 89% of their objectives and tasks. Sponsors, site supervisors, and summer associates were all positive about the program and felt it should be continued next year. The associates benefited from their service and simultaneously expanded the capacity of nonprofit and public sponsors to provide service to low-income communities. (28 tables/figures) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACTION, Washington, DC.