Lead and learn
Have you considered using your professional development funds to attend a training, panel, or workshop related to your service project? Check out this highlight of events to see what's happening around the state!
I love AmeriCorps!
A few ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day on a VISTA budget.
Eight MN VISTA Leaders spent the last few months developing an impact report for all VISTA programs in Minnesota during the 2011-2012 programming year. Learn more about VISTA projects and programs in education, economic opportunity, healthy futures, and environmental stewardship...and the incredible impact that VISTAs made last year in MN!
A quick guide to budget-friendly events and activities going on this weekend around the state!
Nonprofit books
Family or friends asking for gift suggestions? Thinking of ways to use your professional development funds? Want to make a strategic investment in your project, service work, or personal and professional development? Check out these reading recommendations and maybe you'll find some inspiration!
VISTA members are eager to learn more about a variety of topics, including local nonprofits, available resources, best practices in the field, possible career paths and more. One great way to get the specific answers and connections that you need is to conduct an informational interview!
As AmeriCorps VISTA members become more engaged with their projects and communities, opportunities are opening up for advanced learning and professional development. Check out these upcoming conferences, workshops and dialogues!
Finding a balance between service and a social life is an ongoing challenge in the life of a VISTA. Fortunately, autumn in Minnesota brings a variety of fun and affordable entertainment options. We've highlighted a few opportunities to enjoy the fall colors (of course, without spending much green)!
The first month of service has come and gone, all 54 VISTAs had the chance to connect at Early Service Training, and momentum continues to build at individual host sites. As Minnesota Literacy Council VISTAs settle into their roles and learn more about the projects they will tackle this upcoming year, VISTA Leaders Anna and Laura, VISTA Coordinator Meghan, and VISTA Manager Ellen continue to seek out ways to support, challenge and engage members of the two cohorts. Part of that effort involves publishing this weekly VISTA-centered blog.
Here are links to films, web sites, and other resources on Karen and Liberian Culture that will be useful for teachers and tutors.



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