Are you a youth-serving organization looking to build capacity for your mentoring program? Could your mentoring program benefit from having a volunteer who works full-time for 12 months to develop organizational systems and drive improved youth outcomes? Then becoming a VISTA Host Site through MENTOR Virginia may be ideal for you!

VISTA projects focus on the following areas:

  • Program Development and/or Program Start-up
  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Youth Voice and Leadership
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
  • Partnership and Resource Development

MENTOR Virginia is currently accepting applications from Virginia-based organizations looking to host a VISTA Member during the 2021-2022 service year. Applications are due February 26, 2021! For more information, please contact Vanessa Reyes, the VISTA Program Supervisor.

Curious what kind of projects VISTA Members can do?

Here’s what our current cohort of VISTA Members have been working on!


Alexa AugoneAlexa Augone | Communities in Schools of Chesterfield (Chesterfield, VA)

Project Highlights: Alexa has been working on developing a workforce development mentoring program for students in Chesterfield County, as well as centralizing mentor training efforts across the district.


Ayannah Bowman-WilliamsAyannah Bowman-Williams | Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club (Richmond, VA)

Project Highlights: Ayannah has been working on developing and piloting a STEM-focused youth mentoring program for youth and teens who participate in programs at the SABGC.


Yvonnia Bryant | C4K (Charlottesville, VA)

Project Highlights: Yvonnia has been working on developing and implementing a marketing and outreach plan centered around elevating the voices of youth who participate in their programs.


Jessie Fittro | Abundant Life (Charlottesville, VA)

Project Highlights: Jessie has been working on enhancing program data management systems in order to streamline their onboarding and tracking process for the influx of new volunteers.


Antonio Mielak | MENTOR Virginia (Richmond, VA)

Project Highlights: Antonio has been working on developing a youth advisory council for youth leaders involved in mentoring programs across the state.


Briana OylerBriana Oyler | Germanna Community College (Fredericksburg, VA)

Project Highlights: Briana has been working on developing, implementing, and sustaining three mentoring programs–including a campus-wide program–for Germanna students, each at various stages of development.


Ayra Pazhwak | MEGA Mentors (Chesterfield, VA)

Project Highlights: Arya has been working on developing mentor policies and procedures focused on virtual mentoring and revised mentoring program curriculum for grades 6-12.


andrea wiegardAndrea Wiegard | For Kids, Inc. (Norfolk, VA)

Project Highlights: Andrea has been working on developing mentoring policies and procedures, and has created a process for screening/enrolling mentees, matching mentors/mentees, and monitoring matches in alignment with best practices.