Hello! I'm Jonathan Rosewood, the VISTA at Capital Area College Access Network! The close of the 2016 and beginning of the 2017 year were very life changing and hurtful for me, but through it all I have made it out. Losing my mother and father five months apart from each other hurt me dearly but the service I have completed over the months have helped me continue the legacy that they instilled in me. Losing my parents helped me realize that life is short and that people have a calling and a reason for being on this Earth. I re-focused my vision on serving my community by helping people realize how great life is and how important education is.
I have helped people understand life and how education leads to opportunities. I spent this term assisting in getting my students resources that could help them for life as well as open up doors that they or their families may not have ever imagined. I have assisted in coordinating financial aid workshops for students at the Capital Area Career Center and Woodcreek Achievement Center. Students were able to ask questions to financial aid officers from Oakland University and Lansing Community College, work on their FAFSAs, and find out how to search and apply for scholarships. I also helped coordinate two college fairs/conferences. The Launch Your Dream Conference at the Capital Area Career Center was held in March. At this conference we there were over 200 people in attendance and over 30 vendors from different colleges, the military, trade schools, and AmeriCorps and summer youth programs. The conference was to promote different career tech programs from different colleges and allow parents and students the opportunity to start their college search. In May I assisted in the planning of a College and Health Fair at Woodcreek Achievement Center where students in the 9th-12th grade had the opportunity to get insight about colleges, careers, and health resources.
Gathering resources was very important to me for my students. Growing up, my parents gave me resources and opportunities to succeed in life and I did not want any student closing doors before they had the opportunity to see what was out there for them. I planned college visits to Lansing Community College (Main campus and West campus) and to Central Michigan University for my students know what a college campus looked like. Students were able to take tours, attend admissions presentations and talk with current students about college life. Understanding college culture is very difficult if you have to do it alone, but I am very happy and thankful that I am in this VISTA position to help students find their path that they want for their lives.
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!