Way to go, Lisa Vogl! Serving a second year at CommonBond Communities, Lisa has done an awesome job building up on-site programming for adult residents working on their English skills. It's great to see such well-deserved recognition for one of our hardworking Literacy VISTAs!
We know that all 52 of our VISTA members are doing important work in their host organizations and in their communities. We believe that the full impact of their capacity-building service is probably not yet apparent and is often difficult to quantify. That said, midway through the year there are already some impressive statistics and stories that we can share and celebrate!
Read about the progress of the 2012-13 VISTA projects from the beginning of the VISTA program year in August through the end of March.
Thanks to all of the current VISTA members and site supervisors who did a great job with the first round of progress reports! We have been very impressed with the stories and the numbers reported for just the first two months of service.
Need some inspiration for those quarterly progress reports that are due next week? Here are some great examples of success stories from 2011-12.
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.

Program Year 2011-12 finished up on August 3rd, 2012. In 2011-12, forty-one VISTA members (including two VISTA Leaders) served through the Minnesota Literacy Council at thirty-six different sites in the Twin Cities metro area, Austin, Elbow Lake, Faribault, Northfield and Worthington. Each of the VISTA projects was intended to fight the problem of poverty by addressing the literacy needs of low-income communities. VISTA projects tackled a wide variety of literacy needs for diverse groups of people.

VISTA Leaders Anna and Laura

All fifty-two of our 2012-13 VISTA members attended two days of intensive Early Service Training, covering topics ranging from progress reporting to intercultural communication. The training agenda, materials and presentations can be found here.




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