VISTA News & Tools

Welcome to News & Resources for VISTA Members.

Here you will find current press releases, newsletters and other helpful information.

The FIRST VISTA program is proud to sponsor  “VISTA of the Month”, a program through which other VISTAs, Site Supervisors, or other key adult volunteers in the field that work with VISTAs are able to nominate them as recognition for outstanding service. A winner is chosen every month. Members are rewarded for outstanding service and receive a certificate and other recognition items. Scroll down below to see the most recent additions to the new "VISTA of the Month" program.

VISTA Newsletter

FIRST VISTA Newsletter - July, 2013

FIRST VISTA Newsletter - October, 2013

FIRST VISTA Newsletter - January, 2014

FIRST VISTA Newsletter - April, 2014

FIRST VISTA Newsletter - August, 2014

VISTA of the Month

November 2013 VISTA of the Month: Joel Croteau, Tampa, FL

Congratulations to the November winner, Joel Croteau!

Croteau: “Being named VISTA of the month is a really great thing for me to hear, it just tells me that I am in fact doing a good job and helping FIRST in any way I can. My hope is that by winning this I set the bar and now my fellow VISTA'S will then shatter that bar and go above and beyond what I've done. I'd love for this to become a sort of competition where we all test each other to do our very best each month!”

December 2013 VISTA of the Month: Loridee Wetzel, Moscow, ID

Congratulations to the December winner, Loridee Wetzel!

"Because of Loridee’s initiative and extraordinary efforts, several very rural and poor communities are currently experiencing FLL and FTC. She went more than the extra mile to reach them, she has visited with them learn about FIRST, the challenges, and how to use the robotics systems.”

January 2014 VISTA of the Month: Paul Membere, Providence, RI

Congratulations to the January winner, Paul Membere!

"Paul has worked very effectively helping a inner city school manage their FTC and FRC programs despite the conflicts that have arisen between the various mentors and administrators. His ability to observe, suggest ideas and communicate to others the issues has allowed this situation to be handled as well as hopefully effectively solved. He did this without being drawn personally into the conflict and remained neutral in its resolution helping others to solve their issues."

February 2014 VISTA of the Month: Malcom Strickland, Kansas City, MO

Congratulations to the February winner, Malcom Strickland!

"Malcom has gone out of his way over the last several months to work with teams and get them up to speed. He works himself to the point of exhaustion to make sure teams get what they need, when they need it."

March 2014 VISTA of the Month: Renee Becker, Indianapolis, IN

Congratulations to the March winner, Renee Becker!

"Renee has made contact with every FRC team (52) in Indiana for updates and concerns.  She has been able to help these teams with finding support to fit their need. She is also working with several underserved youth FRC teams to find resources and support for their build and keep them on track."

April 2014 VISTA of the Month: Jason Barnes, Boston, MA

Congratulations to the April winner, Jason Barnes!

"He creates partners, not just workers. I am greatly impressed with his willingness to take on such an effort and pursue it to completion. He works with style! A personal style that is earning him, as well as FIRST, many compliments."

To nominate a VISTA, use the nomination form here:

Press Releases

July 15, 2013 - President Obama Expands National Service Opportunities for Americans
April 22, 2013 - President Obama Announces STEM AmeriCorps to Inspire Young People's Interest in Science and Technology


FIRST is building a campaign led by ServiceNation and 18 of the nation’s leading service organizations in an effort to make national service part of the American way of life. The campaign will connect the stories and impact of AmeriCorps members on the ground to writers and producers in Hollywood, media and digital partners, politicians of both parties, social-minded brands, and everyday citizens so that one day it will be common for young Americans to turn to each other and ask, “Where will your year of national service be?” Learn more at