As AmeriCorps Vista for Delta College my year in service to America was definitely a learning experience that I will never forget. Without having any experience I was able to do several different things in the course of one year, that if you asked me before I started whether I could do it I would have to say no. Now, reflecting on everything I have accomplished and my year of service I know I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
During my term I managed and coordinated an after school program called Public Achievement. This program was designed to empower youth in the community and show them that they can make a difference. We thought them community organizing skill such as power mapping, action planning and community outreach skills. As a result students created murals in order to make their school a nicer and more welcoming place to be, developed a plan to prevent bullying in the school and hosted a dance to help raise money for breast cancer. With the help of nearly 50 volunteer college coaches we reached 60 students in our after school program, planting the seed for their future success.
On top of the normal coordinator duties I also helped develop training for our college coaches, including attendance to a conference specifically for Public Achievement coaches in Minnesota. I, along with my fellow AmeriCorps Vista member Michel Januzzi, leveraged funds and connected with program coordinators in Minnesota to ensure the conference success. Working within the Saginaw Public schools there were several things that I helped out with at the school including scheduling class field trips, SIG funding and making a more enjoyable school library by hosting book drives and donating a couch. For Delta College I helped obtain the MiCC Venture Grant and AmeriCorps grants, totaling 31,000 for those two grants. Our last project that we will be implementing at Delta will be the Citizens Boot Camp, which will be a one day crash course in Public achievement for students who participate in the Possible Dream program. We will incorporate “military” lingo and host speakers, including Congressmen Kildee.
This year in service was definitely inspiring!
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!