It has truly been a remarkable year with the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) Civic Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA Program. To date, I have completed over 40 interviews for the new cohort of VISTA members and I can assure you, finding great VISTA members is harder than you would think. As crazy as our recruitment season has been, it is definitely worth being a part of the process in finding the next group of leaders, innovators, pioneers, and community organizers who will shape civic engagement, student engagement, financial literacy, employment services and college access and success efforts in the communities of Michigan.
Looking back at some of the most memorable moments in the program, one, solely in terms of shock value is that, it is finally sunny in Lansing! In fact, it is sunny to the point where I can actually see blue skies, which was rare in the dark, cold, gloomy year of 2014, and for most of 2015. Two, the unforgettable MNA Signature Service Project - Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) in Jackson, Michigan. Much of the success goes to our amazing VISTAs (Meg, Ebone’ and Leslie) and TA Wilson Academy students who took control of an event that involved over 400 students. I’m truly amazed by how well TA Wilson Academy students handled the whole event and hope that coordinating GYSD will only be their first step towards an already very bright future. Three, having the opportunity to work with energetic and inspiriting VISTA members. They probably know this by now, but I’ve learned more from them then they probably have from me. I have watched many of them transform into professionals in the past year and it has truly been a pleasure just to witness the transformation. Lastly, it has been exhilarating to work with a strong group of women in the civic engagement team at MNA. These women are moms, grandmas, and spouses but they are also mentors, movers and shaker, closeted writers, and most of all, just genuinely authentic individuals whom readily share their passions and skills. I will definitely miss their support.
Even though I only have a couple of days left, I look forward to having an opportunity to work with MNA again in the future. Until then, it’s graduate school for me!
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!