Hello, I’m Marcella. I am serving with the Metro Detroit Partnership at MNA’s Detroit location. This program is very different from the other MNA VISTA programs. I engage in activities that support and augment the efforts of organizations that aim to reduce the unemployment rate in Detroit and decrease barriers in Detroit that limit economic growth. In August, two of my fellow VISTA’s ended their year of service. We remain close and continue to support one another. This VISTA program will end with my departure.
Currently, I am wrapping up engagements with three Detroit workforce development organizations. The activities have been very diverse in depth and range, allowing me to learn new skills such as copyediting, survey design and project management. In addition to providing services to workforce development organizations there were community development meetings that informed me of all the innovation taking place in Detroit. Good time management skills were essential to being able to complete service commitments, attend informational meetings and take advantage of professional development opportunities.
Since my last blog my there have been several changes. Last spring, the MNA Detroit office moved to the financial district. This was an exciting time for the VISTA’s; we were now closer to the organizations that we serve and were able to enjoy the various festivities in the area. The creation and distribution of a workforce development newsletter, as well as the publication of five white papers on various workforce development topics was a really great source of pride for us.
In July, round two of the project began in earnest; this was a chance for me to contribute to the redesign and selection process. We were fortunate to have our invitation accepted by three unique organizations; Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) and the Payne- Pulliam School.
To date, I have provided over 137 resources, including 50 funding sources to assist these organizations and their clients. My final service project is the planning and execution of an Open House to be held at the end of February.
My year as an MNA VISTA has been full of friendship, learning and growth. MNA is an exceptional organization with great leadership. I want to thank MNA for hosting and mentoring me this past year. Meeting the goals of my VAD was extremely challenging and I was surprised by my ability to exceed my own expectations. As this journey comes to a close, I would like to provide some unsolicited advice for current VISTA’s; serve with humility, utilize all of the opportunities offered to you and when it is your turn--open your door to a VISTA.
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!