An AmeriCorps VISTA year is full of challenges, but it’s also full of learning. Here are 5 lessons from a year spent developing a mentoring program.
My decision to serve a second year with my VMP AmeriCorps VISTA project.
In the first few weeks of the new year, our cohort was able to be part of a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Uniting Townies, Transplants, and Transients: What My Americorps VISTA Position Has Taught Me About My Community
Community – This is the reason why I joined AmeriCorps VISTA. Going to grad school in Washington, DC for two years kept me isolated in my group of fellow young academics.
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.
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.
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.
Somewhere tucked away in Richmond’s historical East End is a covered treasure.
I am a firm believer in fate. Everything in life happens for a reason. Everyone has their own path.
In Alexandria, VA, National Mentoring Month gains more attention every year.
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.
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.