Age difference between VISTAs and Leader

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We are working on recruiting my replacement, and one of our applicants is concerned about being significantly older that the typical VISTA age. What barriers or advantages do you think would exist when there is a generational gap between VISTAs and their VISTA Leaders. Have any of you experienced either side of the situation?

I'm 42 & a VISTA Leader.  The majority of my VISTA team is in the 22-25 range, with a couple in their late 20s and one in their 40s.  It is what you make of it, honestly.  I am respectful of their knowledge and experiences, although I do mentor them as needed.  I live in the community that I serve in, and this is my second year as Leader, so that gives me some "connections" that they may not have, but I make introductions, connect people and step out of the way.  

I think ultimately it just boils down to being authentic.  It sounds overly simple - but it really is that.  Treat others the way you would want to be treated, and recognize that they are still learning.  Recognize, too, that as a Leader you can also learn from them.

I hope that helps.   If your potential Leader has other questions, please feel free to share my email with them.  cvargo.albionvista@gmail.com 

Best of luck on your recruiting!

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Good for you!

I'm 58 years old and this is my second term as a VISTA Leader and my third term as a VISTA. I try to reach out to all of my members and "pick their brain" and share that with the rest of the group. One of my barriers I have is distance. I cover the entire state of Oklahoma. I have used phone calls, conference calls, trainings, etc. to make sure everyone is taken care of. Retention is another problem that all VISTA Leaders have. All you can do is see what the variations are going to be in the existing VAD and play up the positive aspects of the upcoming year. Good Luck to all!

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