Serve As A VISTA

Current VISTA Positions Available through MENTOR Virginia

Serve as a VISTA Member with MENTOR Virginia, a Richmond-based, statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports mentoring programs around Virginia with a focus on the expansion of research-based, high-quality mentoring in Virginia. 

We are currently accepting applications for the following AmeriCorps positions:

MENTOR Virginia

MENTOR Virginia is an anchor organization that promotes effective youth mentoring by increasing the capacity and sustainability of mentoring programs, and providing resources to support the mentoring field throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. This position is focused on supporting the development and success of VISTA Members serving through MENTOR Virginia.

To learn about this VISTA Leader opportunity or to apply, click here.

Currently Serving VISTA Members

Alexa Augone

Communities in Schools Chesterfield

Alexa is a proud alumna of the University of North Carolina, where she studied psychology and history. While working at UNC’s Child Development Institute as an undergraduate research assistant, Alexa discovered her passion for working with children and families. Upon completing her year of service, Alexa plans to follow her passion by earning a Master of Social Work degree and becoming an elementary school social worker. Working for Communities In Schools of Chesterfield as the VISTA Mentor Coordinator is an exciting opportunity to work within a nonprofit organization, learn from experienced student support staff, and support Chesterfield students and families. During her year of service, Alexa is working to build a workplace mentoring program that will prepare students for post-high school careers by connecting them with supportive industry mentors and skill-building opportunities. She hopes to bring students and local businesses together to develop an impactful and sustainable program!

Ayannah Bowman-Williams

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

My name is Ayannah, I am an alumna of Virginia State University where I studied Health and Physical Education with a focus in Sport Management. I recently received my master’s degree in Sport Management at Virginia State University as well. I am serving as the VISTA STEM Mentoring Coordinator with the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Richmond’s East End. I love, and I am very much inspired by the people of Richmond, VA.  A year with AmeriCorps is an amazing opportunity to work with a nonprofit organization and give back to the RVA area. During my service, I am working with the Boys & Girls Club to build a group mentoring program that brings adults and teens together to learn and connect over exciting activities in the fields of science and technology. I hope to help create a sustainable program that will diversify the young minds of the RVA children.

Yvonnia Bryant

C4K

Yvonnia is a recent graduate of Old Dominion University where she studied Communications and Women’s Studies and developed an interest in Marketing. During her time at Old Dominion University, Yvonnia also spent a great deal of time mentoring for about a year and a half. Combining her interest in marketing and mentoring, Yvonnia decided to become an AmeriCorps VISTA at Computers4Kids. She is very excited to be able to give back to the community by serving as a VISTA in her hometown. During her service, Yvonnia will work with the C4K team to write a communications marketing plan focused on community outreach and youth voice, and to build a mentor retention plan.

Alexandra Clayton

VCU African American Alumni Council

Alexandra is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied International Social Justice and Religious Studies. Alexandra found a passion for volunteering early and has volunteered with multiple organizations that focus on an array of different causes. Now serving the African American Alumni Council’s Mentoring Program at VCU through AmeriCorps VISTA, she’s learning the importance of mentoring in the lives of youth and the mentors who guide them. The AAAC’s Mentoring Circle is proud to offer African American/Black students the opportunity to connect and learn from African American/Black alumni; and Alexandra is proud to have been given the opportunity to strengthen the program for the future generations to come.

Cailey Cummins

Casa Chirilagua

Cailey is a recent graduate of Dickinson College where she studied Political Science, Spanish, and Social Innovation and spent a semester in South America. Service has always been incredibly important to Cailey and throughout her undergraduate years, she worked for Dickinson’s center for community service, creating service opportunities for her peers and building partnerships with the local community. Cailey hopes to use the skills she will develop as a VISTA in a future career in nonprofit work and social change. A deep believer in service that disrupts cyclical inequalities, Cailey is thrilled to work alongside Casa Chirilagua to support social safety nets for the predominantly Central American community Casa serves. As a VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator, Cailey will focus on building capacity in Casa’s mentoring program by implementing sustainable systems and enhancing support for middle and high school aged mentees. In her free time, Cailey enjoys homey things like yoga, crafting, cooking, and taking care of her plants and looks forward to music, art museums, and trying new restaurants when it’s safe to do so again. 

Antonio Mielak

MENTOR Virginia

Antonio Mielak has spent most of his time living and working in Virginia, since moving with his family from California as a boy. He has volunteered extensively throughout the country with different children’s anti-poverty and advocacy programs. He has worked in several aviation management roles as an enlisted air traffic controller for the navy, a teaching assistant at Hampton, and as a lead-agent and supervisor for airline ground operations at the Richmond International Airport. He began a Service Year with AmeriCorps in 2019 as a literacy tutor in Richmond and continues to serve in the 2020-2021 VISTA cohort with MENTOR Virginia. He enjoys playing tennis, reading, writing, and supporting advocacy work. He is an active member of the National PTA, the NAACP, and the Virginia Press Association. Antonio attended Hampton University, where he studied English Arts and Aviation Management.

Briana Oyler

Germanna Community College

Briana serves as the Mentor Program Coordinator VISTA at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, VA. During her service she will be working with three different mentor programs within the college. Each one focuses on a different student demographic group and their needs. The goal of each program is to promote and enhance their academic experience while they are at Germanna. Briana is a 2019 graduate of James Madison University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a focus in Public Relations and Humanitarian Affairs. She is also a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Briana is thankful for the opportunity to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA this year and hopes to leave a lasting and positive impact on the Fredericksburg community.

Arya Pazhwak

MEGA Mentors

Hello! Arya is beyond honored to be a part of AmeriCorps VISTA this year. A native of Northern Virginia and the product of immigrants, the importance of education and public service was engrained in her at a young age. Thus, Arya could not think of anything more worthwhile than AmeriCorps service in her beloved second home of Richmond, Virginia. Her work with MEGA Mentors involves assisting Chesterfield County Public Schools with virtual learning and making sure no child gets left behind. In addition to adjusting to virtual learning, Arya hopes to curate a successful model of virtual mentoring for underrepresented and marginalized youths in the school district. Arya proudly graduated from the University of Richmond in 2020 with a B.A. in Biology, Healthcare Studies, and Anthropology. Her past education includes a semester study abroad at Queen Mary University of London, and Pre-K to 12th grade at Fairfax County Public Schools. After her service with AmeriCorps, Arya looks forward to departing for Peace Corps service as a Secondary Science Teacher in Mozambique.

Andrea Wiegard

ForKids

My name is Andrea Wiegard, and I am currently serving as Mentoring Program Coordinator VISTA at ForKids in Norfolk. I have moved back into the Hampton Roads area this summer, moving from Orlando, FL where I lived for five years. My path to becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA is probably not the typical path. After spending years staying at home to raise my daughters, I wanted to become involved in helping my community as well as sharpening my office skills, utilizing my business/mass communication degree that had been underutilized in the recent past. I am appreciative that VISTA and ForKids has given me that opportunity. My goal for this year is to develop and implement a successful mentoring program for children that we serve at ForKids. Ideally, we will have quality mentors that can enhance and build a relationship of support and friendship, while exploring new opportunities with their mentees. I have a passion for Disney, the beach, Virginia Beach SPCA, and generally being outdoors as much as possible. I have two daughters: one has a political science degree from JMU and is a VISTA alum, the other is in the arts program at VCU and will graduate class ‘23.