Glad you asked!

What's a VISTA?

The word might conjure up a sweeping view of a sunset, but VISTA also means Volunteers in Service to America.

President John F. Kennedy successfully pitched the idea for a national service corps to Congress in 1963. Fifty years later, VISTAs continue to “fight poverty with passion” by working for one year or one summer to strengthen organizations that assist low-income communities.

Here at the literacy council, VISTAs are a key part of achieving our mission. Our job is to recruit, train and support them in their work with 65 partner organizations across the state.

This year, 74 VISTAs are leading our 8-week Summer Reads program for K-3 kids. This installment of Glad You Asked introduces you to two of them: Gaby and Zed, who serve together at Centro Guadalupano and Rondo Discovery Club. Listen to hear why they decided to become VISTAs, which one is an early bird and the best moments of their service so far.

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What does gardening have to do with literacy?

 

Welcome to the second installment of "Glad you asked!" This month we wonder: What does gardening have to do with literacy? You'll see our garden project at Open Door Learning Center - Arlington Hills, where students have harvested more than 580 pounds of vegetables this summer!

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What's changed for GED 2014?

 

Welcome to the first installment of "Glad you asked!" We'll be bringing you quarterly videos that answer questions from our supporters and friends. First up: We give you our take on the new GED test, which debuted in January 2014.

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