Hello all. Looking back a year ago, I wouldn’t have thought that right now I would be wrapping up my VISTA service in Jackson. It’s been quite a year. I made a difference being part of a program that helps set K-2 elementary school students up for success in school by improving their literacy skills. I have watched countless Family Involvement Nights at schools bring large crowds and lots of fun as families are provided with information. This year I wrote two grants, one being successful and helpful toward these Family Involvement Nights while the notification of the other will be in the Fall. I was a part of MNA’s Signature Service Project: Global Youth Service Day with the other Jackson VISTAs; Chelsea Martin, MNA Civic Engagement Manager and VISTA Leaders, June LaVernway and Lee Xiong. It was incredible to see all the hard work students put into it.
Summer is here and school is out so a lot has slowed down. My main focus now has been compiling data from all the schools we’re work with and putting together reports. Students have achieved so much and I’m really eager to see the numbers. The 2nd grader and mentioned in my last blog ended up reading above grade level. I think I have gained a lot from this past year as an AmeriCorps VISTA. I find myself being much more involved in the community in which I grew up. I find I know a lot more about my community from working with my host site, United Way for the past year. The work that I have done and the work that is still left to do has me wanting to be involved and seeing other young people my age be active in their communities. I’m looking forward to taking everything I’ve learned and using it in whatever comes next for me!
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!