Salutations! My Name is Destyn Graves and I am a first year MNA AmeriCorps VISTA serving at Delta College in University Center, MI. I am a recent graduate from Saginaw Valley State University obtaining a B.S. with a Criminal Justice major, Business Management minor. I enjoy eating sushi and binge watching tv series' on Netflix. My favorite color is pink and I often enjoy the scent of warm vanilla or baked goods. I have an obsession with serial killers and their backstories and
Having attended Saginaw Valley, I was very aware of VISTAs and was referred to apply for the program by a VISTA serving at SVSU. This experience has been eye-opening and humbling at the same time. To be able to assist in ending poverty has given me feeling of satisfaction knowing that I am doing my part.
My time here at Delta College is AMAZING! The staff and student body treat me as if I have been here for the past 10 years and I fit right in. The student engagement part has been so fun and very creative. Coming up with different ideas and plans for the students is one of my favorite aspects of my service.
While serving, I have revamped the Volunteer Incentive Program. This allows students at Delta College to be connected with Volunteer opportunities within their community. Since starting, I have implemented an application for the Volunteer Incentive Program as well as a Facebook Page. On campus, I have held a number of fundraisers such as Holiday Grams and Valentine’s Day Grams, which allows the volunteers to raise money for their program. The overall goal is to create a self-sustaining club that the students run in order to bridge the gap between the community and volunteerism; because as we know, volunteering is awesome!
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