MCN and Host Sites

Through its partnership with CNCS, MCN manages a specific number of positions on an annual basis. MCN distributes the positions to nonprofit organizations whose goals align with the mission of the MCN VISTA program. Organizations must submit an application to MCN detailing what they hope the VISTA will accomplish in order to acquire a VISTA. This is known as a work plan. Every host site’s work plan must adhere to the core goals of the MCN VISTA program and have a capacity-building focus.

 

The mission of the African Development Center is to grow businesses, build wealth, and increase reinvestment in the African communities of Minnesota.

 

All Parks Alliance for Change is the statewide organization for Minnesota’s 180,000 manufactured home park residents. APAC provides a vehicle for manufactured home owners to express their needs and concerns in their parks and in the larger community. Through education, grassroots organizing, and leadership development, APAC works with residents to improve the quality of life in park neighborhoods, protect the rights of park residents, advance public policy change that supports safe, affordable, and stable park communities, and preserve this vital source of affordable housing.

 

The mission of the American Indian Family Center is to provide American Indian families with programs and services enriched by traditional American Indian values and culture. The vision is for American Indian families to thrive!

 
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Bolder Options is focused on healthy youth development. The comprehensive mentoring program, wellness activities, and leadership opportunities coordinate family, community, school, and county resources in a united effort to support youth who are at-risk for dropping out of school or becoming involved in delinquent or unhealthy behaviors.  Bolder Options engages youth and mentors in goal setting, physical activity, tutoring, and community involvement to build confidence, maximize potential, and encourage healthy life skills.

 

CAIR's vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding. CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

 

Casa de Esperanza is a leader in the domestic violence movement and a national resource center for organizations working with Latin@s in the United States. Based in St. Paul, its mission is to mobilize Latina and Latino communities to end domestic violence.

 

The mission of Dream of Wild Health is to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicines, and life ways. We are committed to sharing our knowledge, resources, and skills with others in an effort to reduce poverty, improve health and nutrition, and reconnect people and plants in a reciprocal relationship. 

 
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Exodus Lending is a first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide trapped payday borrowers a just pathway to financial stability. We were founded by members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (HTLC) in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis.  We envision a world where all people are free from the bondage of debt caused by predatory lenders. We seek to accompany people as they move from shame, isolation, and fear, and toward connectedness, courage, and justice!

 
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iNTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINNESOTA

The International Institute of Minnesota empowers New Americans to achieve full membership in American life through refugee resettlement, immigration services, career development and English language instruction.

 
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Isuroon is dedicated to building Somali women and girls’ social connectedness and self-sufficiency so that they can lead healthier, more productive lives in Minnesota and globally. Isuroon envisions a world where Somali women and girls are healthy, connected, and empowered, and their families are thriving in Minnesota and globally.

 
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Ka Joog exists for the sole purpose of our youth. We are committed to motivate our youth to attain a higher education, to realize their potential, and to achieve their dreams. Furthermore we raise multicultural and health awareness and build community ties by providing educational, cultural, and beneficial events through the arts.

 

Since 1983 LACM's mission has been to enhance the quality of life of Minnesota Lao families. Our goals include meeting basic needs, increased self-reliance and youth development, reduced social isolation, and promoting cultural equity. 

 
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Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI) empowers underserved K–12 students to think creatively, write effectively, and succeed academically alongside a community of caring volunteers.

 

MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being, and justice for the American Indian community. MIGIZI works in three intersecting areas to improve the future for the community: The Native Academy working in math, science, technology, and post-secondary education planning; First Person Productions working on new media production and working with tribes to develop their telecom infrastructure; and educational equity work that will help to empower communities as they reclaim a primary role in the education of their children.

 

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits works to inform, promote, connect, and strengthen individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector. The goal of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ AmeriCorps VISTA program is to strengthen organizations serving the diverse communities of Minnesota, amplifying each organization’s voice, and increasing its visibility within the nonprofit sector.

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The mission of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC) is to empower American Indian women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways while advocating for justice and equity.

 

NeDA’s mission is to build affordable housing and empower communities to create sustainability through financial education and guidance.

 

NRRC informs, engages, and facilitates the residents of the Near North and Willard Hay neighborhoods in Minneapolis to be primary agents for improving the social, economic, environmental, and livability conditions in their community.

 
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The Power of People Leadership Institute is committed to engaging youth and adults in research-based interactive learning experiences through mentoring and curriculum that challenges, inspires, and informs them to overcome their obstacles and find success in every area of life through personal power and leadership.

 

Sewa-Aifw

Sewa-Aifw (Asian Indian Family Wellness) is a non-governmental non-profit 501c3 organization committed to bring “Total Family Wellness” to underserved vulnerable populations in a culturally specific way.

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Standpoint, formerly Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP), is a statewide organization whose mission is to promote justice for domestic and sexual violence victims. We provide direct representation, legal information, training, litigation support, and expert support on program and legal issues.  

 

WISE was founded around a kitchen table by a group of multi-cultural, first generation immigrant women in 1995 as a vehicle for education, leadership, and social and economic empowerment of Asian, African, and Latina women, girls, and their families. The mission of WISE is to empower immigrant women and girls to succeed.