AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) was created by President John F. Kennedy as a domestic counterpart to the Peace Corps. It is a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Every year, 8,000 VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project.
The mission of Lake Effect Leaders (LEL), as a regional partnership of Allegheny College, Gannon University, and Mercyhurst University, is to build the capacity of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and schools to collaboratively address issues related to poverty in Erie and Meadville, PA.
Lake Effect Leaders places 20+ VISTA members regionally to build capacity in the areas of economic development, education, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.