VISTA BLOG

What Did I Get Myself Into?

For too long I pretended that one person’s actions couldn’t make an impact. Subconsciously I knew that if I believed that, then it removed my responsibility to do anything about what was happening around me.

The Challenges of Mentoring Older Youth

You can feel the weight of the liquid metal in your hand. You know it’s there and it exists even as it lightens its own load bit by bit, slipping between your fingers and off the edge of your palm.

The Seed that Grows

Four years ago, a seed was planted in Richmond, Va. It was a seed that if nurtured properly, would have the potential to grow tall, grow strong, and spread its roots across the city.

As Bipartisan as Apple Pie

At a time when the country seems to be more divided politically than in recent memory, one would think we could at least agree on something as American as apple pie.

What Makes A Mentor

For the past 20 months I have served as AmeriCorps VISTA and Mentor Program Coordinator at St. Joseph’s Villa, a nonprofit in Richmond, VA, that for 179 years has exemplified belief in children.

Mentoring: A Team Approach

Last October, I wrote a blog post about the importance of mentor teams at the University of Richmond and the plan to further develop these programs.