My name is Marcella Fox and my host site is the Metro Detroit Partnership (MNA Detroit Office). Our gifted and innovative team is working on executing strategies that support service delivery in the Workforce Development sector. Our community partners are industry leaders such as: Focus Hope, SER Metro, Southwest Solution and etc… We have created a Workforce Development Newsletter and are hoping to have it approved for distribution. Our resume workshop in collaboration with Focus Hope is an exciting event that we are looking forward to.
From my first day of service (a short 8 weeks ago) I have been entrenched into the activities and goals of my VAD. I am working as part of a team that are meeting the goals of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps VISTA and the Michigan Nonprofit Association. We are building capacity in the Workforce Development sector of Detroit. We are serving the community in its effort to reduce barriers to employment. We have a positive impact on our country by assisting in the processes and programs that reduce poverty. Having created a supportive services asset map we are able to identify the gaps in service.
I am especially enthusiastic about my VISTA Year Initiative project. My goal is to create and present a Project Proposal for an Informational and Referral Network. A one stop center that would provide all direct and referral services for Detroit residents that have barriers to economic mobility. It would relieve the additional burden that the Workforce Development sector is currently carrying. The adoption of my plan would allow Workforce Development organizations to concentrate on their core services and administrative responsibility. It would also eliminate the duplication of services; thereby, increasing efficiency for all.
In past eight weeks; I have been able to expand my professional network, utilize the concepts and practices that I learned in graduate school and make an actual difference in this community. Ecstatically looking forward to the next 10 months of service.
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