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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. Support the work and the professional development of each VISTA in the Better Futures for Idaho Youth AmeriCorps project.
  • 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 - Community Resources and Engagement VISTA. Build organizational capacity through community partnerships, structured volunteerism, resource development, and streamlining of administrative processes.
  • Children's Village - Staff Development VISTA. Assist with the development of employee wellness, emergency preparedness, and advanced volunteer programming at the Children's Village residential home.
  • Family Promise of the Palouse (Moscow) - Recruitment and Education VISTA. Help end homelessness on the Palouse by building the capacity of a volunteer recruitment and training program.
  • United Way of Southeastern Idaho (Pocatello) - Education Resource VISTA. Collect and summarize data that reflects K-12 academic success in order to guide best community processes.
  • United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County (Idaho Falls) - Community Solutions Action Plan Coordinator VISTA. Develop early childhood education programs, including a summer literacy/nutrition program, and a kindergarten "boot camp".


Fiscal Year 2019 Better Futures Statistics:

616 volunteers recruited by Better Futures members

1959 hours of service performed by recruited volunteers

$854,924 in grants and cash resources leveraged 

$467,898 value of in-kind resources leveraged