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Although my educational background with the criminal justice systems is not extensive, in the mid-2000s, I was an employee for the county in public service as an Administrative Assistant for the Department of Community Corrections. Before too long, I realized there was a greater need in terms of service to others. And while a full-time employee in the daytime, after work, I immersed myself in core learning; however, when I took the introductory course to Sociology, it was social problems that profoundly impacted my decision to major in Sociology. My goal from then on was to learn more about our social systems, including institutions, organizations, groups, attitudes, beliefs, and all sorts of topics relative to socioeconomic advantages and disadvantages.
I learned about AmeriCorps during a hiatus from school and applied to become a VISTA. From that point, I accepted a role as a Reentry Specialist, and I am engaging in a capacity-building project for ex-offender programming. Although the reentry project is a work in progress, and we are working on widening our lenses to learn more about effective delivery of services, I firstly wish to express my gratitude for AmeriCorps mostly, for providing a structured foundation for volunteering. And secondly, for the AmeriCorps VISTA Campus, where I have the opportunity to access and gain knowledge about measuring the project's outcome. With the AmeriCorps VISTA Campus' 24-hour/365-day accessibility capable of helping evaluate the project's success. The AmeriCorps VISTA Campus is overflowing with information relevant to all elements of the VAD management. VISTA's, rest assured that your 12 months of service will be positively impacted, with ongoing support from the AmeriCorps VISTA Campus.
Before closing this story of service, I wholeheartedly encourage organizations partnering with AmeriCorps to use a widened lensed approach to using the AmeriCorps VISTA Campus and most certainly hope everyone uses it to increase the chances of success before, during and, after the conclusion of their project(s). I sustained myself by frequenting the AmeriCorps VISTA Campus and sincerely thank AmeriCorps enough for the brilliance that went into creating and providing the structure for gaining insights on effective project management. For this reason and more, I wish my alumni story to include highlighting the AmeriCorps Vista Campus content, material, and resources.
Thank you, AmeriCorps and AmeriCorpsVISTA Campus facilitators. I couldn't do this without YOU!
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