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Better Futures for Idaho Youth

The Better Futures for Idaho Youth AmeriCorps project involves multiple organizations in several communities across the state of Idaho. As a collaborative effort of several United Ways and other agencies, the project encompasses roles alleviating poverty through literacy programs, community awareness, and resources for nonprofits. United Way of North Idaho's mission is to improve lives in our community. This is done with a focus on mobilizing resources to advance education, financial stability, and health of individuals in need.

Currently there are several sites recruiting for positions. Click on links to view full listings! Create a profile on then submit an application to the position(s) of your choice.

AmeriCorps VISTA project sites:

  • United Way of North Idaho - VISTA Leader. Fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every North Idaho community.
  • United Way of North Idaho - Resource Development VISTA. Develop a sustainable fundraising plan to increase support for early childhood education and the low-income population in the five northern counties.
  • United Way of North Idaho - H.O.P.E. Conquers A.C.E.s VISTA. Increase community awareness and knowledge of the long-term impacts of childhood trauma, and facilitate training individuals in the techniques to build resilience.
  • Coeur d'Alene School District - School District 271 Capacity Builder VISTA. Reach out to the at-risk students and families within the CDA School District through a network of individuals, organizations, and partnerships.
  • Gizmo - Gizmo Volunteer and Work Study Coordinator VISTA. Expand capacity so that under-served children and their parents receive exposure to and support of project-driven STEM education to alleviate poverty.
  • Gizmo - Gizmo STEM Lending Library Facilitator. Extend the reach of STEM learning activities further into the community.
  • Human Rights Education Institute - HREI Higher Education Opportunities VISTA. Raise awareness and break barriers to educational opportunities for undeserved groups especially lower income and young women, ages 16-25, struggling with career choices.
  • Human Rights Education Institute - HREI Volunteer coordinator VISTA.
  • Children's Village - Family Services VISTA. Assist with the development of therapeutic programming for children birth-18 at the Children's Village residential home.
  • Family Promise of the Palouse (Moscow) - Recruitment and Education VISTA. Help end homelessness on the Palouse.
  • North Idaho College - NIC Community Engagement Specialist VISTA. Develop a program to connect students to volunteer opportunities in the local community. 
  • United Way of Southeastern Idaho (Pocatello) - Education Resource VISTA. Develop a blueprint for increasing college enrollment as part of the cradle-to-career initiative.
  • United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County (Idaho Falls) - Data and Resource Coordinator VISTA. 


Fiscal Year 2018 Better Futures Statistics:

162 volunteers recruited by Better Futures members

554 hours of service performed by recruited volunteers

$65,188 in grants and cash resources leveraged 

$96,726 value of in-kind resources leveraged