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The kids attending the program have been my absolute highlight during my year of service. I have learned a lot from the community of youth that I work with. They are inquisitive, generous, and bright young people with so much potential. I wish for them all to follow their passions and live to their potential.

I am currently serving at the University YMCA with the Y Mentors: Literacy Mentors program. This year I have been working a lot of program sustainability and helping the students take ownership of their program sites and curriculum. The second half of the year the students have been running the program on their own as a trial run before they are actually on their own. I am also creating a manual both on google drive and eventually in a binder to pass on to them.

Lianna, tell us one fun activity for a VISTA-friendly budget:

Looking for a great job-readiness resource for youth? Check out this curriculum called "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success"


Spring Issue of the VISTA Voice (pdf)

What's inside:

  • VISTA Spotlight
    Featuring Lianna Sanders
  • Best of the VISTA Campus
    It's not too late to use these tools & resources from VISTA Campus!
  • VISTA Crosstalk
    Melissa Laubach & Adriana Gabres
  • Unofficial Life after VISTA guide
    A completely unofficial 10-step Guide to Life after VISTA

To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country will participate in the third-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 7, 2015. On this day, mayors and county executives will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value and impact of national service to the nation's cities. This year, 2,630 mayors and county leaders representing more than 149 million citizens will participate in this day of recognition.

Serve a Year is "uniting some of the biggest players in entertainment, technology, business, media, and nonprofits to inspire young Americans to spend a year in national service." Chelsea Clinton, who was part of the launch last week, stated:

Alana Peck

I’m Alana and I serve in the Multilingual Department (MLD) in the Minneapolis Public Schools.  One thing I’ve learned this year is that visuals are really important!  The infographic included is a great overview of my project and also is an example of one of the presentation tools I’ve been experimenting with recently.

Alana, What’s your favorite part of being a VISTA?

See attachments for our February and March Issues of the VISTA Voice.

February 2015
March 2015

On Thursday, February 26, three Minnesota VISTA cohorts came together for a Non-profit Professional Discussion Panel, in which six professionals shared their background and experience, and career wisdom. The panelists included:

I am Eliza and serve in Ely, Minnesota at the Ely Community Resource. Our goal is to connect the community through activities and positive youth-adult relationships. I am working on a database organization of the participation in our programs and work closely with the Washington Elementary School.



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