Hello my fellow VISTAS! I am Kyra Smith, I am serving in Battle Creek, Michigan at the Battle Creek College Access Network(BCCAN). My role as a VISTA has been an amazing learning experience thus far. I’ve learned a great deal about myself personally and professionally. I was able to attend NCAN (National College Access Network) Conference thanks to my host site. I’ve also gotten involved in community events such as the annual community meeting. Through this experience I am learning to love the city of Battle Creek.
During the last couple of months, I’ve coordinated a peer mentor program for the Legacy Scholars Program which is a promise zone scholarship for students at Battle Creek Central High School, Lakeview High School, and Calhoun Community Schools. The program is set to kick off next week, during the last couple of weeks, I have recruited both mentors and mentees at all of the partnering schools as well as hosted various mentor training sessions. I have done a great deal of work at the Battle Creek Community Foundation (BCCF) which BCCAN is a subgroup of this organization. While at BCCF we not only work in the area of college access but we also work on other initiatives including Regional Health Alliance along and Operation FIT who will be hosting a seminar for the mentees in the Legacy Scholars Program in the coming year.
This week, we will be hosting our annual holiday event for the community, which allows people to participate in holiday pictures in activities for free. Although it feels like this is just the beginning, I am excited to see what else this year has in store for me as a VISTA.
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