VISTA Living

VISTA members and sites

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.
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!
Get to know two more of our fabulous VISTA members and their literacy projects in another of our "VISTA Spotlight" posts!
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!
Need some inspiration for those quarterly progress reports that are due next week? Here are some great examples of success stories from 2011-12.
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)!
In this new feature on our blog, we will introduce a couple of our amazing VISTA members each month and highlight their VISTA projects. This month we meet two of our members who have decided to commit to a second year of VISTA.
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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