Hello everyone. My name is Naomi Coleman, a first-year AmeriCorps VISTA as an Outreach Coordinator with Atlantic Impact. My service assignments include providing outreach for program recruitment, volunteer recruitment, host events for student educational enrichment such as mock interviews, skilled trades introductions, assisting in creating a plan for the 2021-2022 school year among other things.
The mission of Atlantic Impact is to provide Detroit high school students future academic and economic opportunities through college prep programs, future employment preparedness sessions, and cultural enrichment through international travel. Through these methods, the organization hopes to use education and cultural enrichment to promote economic growth in the city. Through the term, I hope to gain more experience and knowledge in regard to outreach as well as general professional development.
During my first few weeks at my host site, I was introduced to the beginnings of what I will be doing during this term. I also started learning about different applications for office use and how outreach is done at the host site. Due to the different ways, they do outreach compared to the ways I’ve done it before, it took me a while to get into the groove of things. Some of those things are the language used for emails to represent Atlantic Impact and finding the balance between being formal and informal when emailing those outside the organization. So, my main concern is getting over the hump ‘and going above and beyond with my VAD duties.
What I’m excited about the most for my term is learning more about setting up trips, or at least learning how to coordinate them during the quarantine. Hopefully, we’ll be able to travel soon in 2022.
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