Not only did October's end represent the 3-month mark for our 14-15 VISTA members, but we also visited SEVEN of our VISTA sites and were visited by our CNCS Program Officer Alexandria Cooley.
With all of these exciting happenings, we wanted to pause and share them with you!
On Tuesday, October 7th, we made the long drive to Cullowhee to visit second-year VISTA member Willie Jones. On Monday, October 20th, we met with NC State University and Meredith College. On Tuesday, October 28th, we met with Alexandria here at Elon, then visited our Elon-based VISTAs, as well as Elizabeth McIntosh at PAGE, Jessica Cagle at Student U, and Catherine Okafor at Duke!
|VISTA Willie Jones works to fight |
hunger in western NC.
|VISTA Meghan Engstran|
VISTA Christian Gray has partnered with NC State's TRiO Program through the Raleigh Colleges and Community Collaborative to prepare low-income and first-generation students and their parents for post-secondary education. He creates and facilitates programs like free SAT prep sessions and FAFSA FAQs in community centers throughout Southeast Raleigh, including the Chavis Heights Community Center. Read about our last VISTA in this role and her reflection on her time in Southeast Raleigh.
|VISTAs Immanuel Bryant and |
Jessica Eller layout their early
childhood education research.
|VISTA Jessica Cagle has Student U's |
programs all mapped out.
VISTA Jessica Cagle has been recruiting tutors to expand services at Student U in Durham, and is already gearing up for summer to recruit tutor interns!
|PAGE's Elizabeth McIntosh and Dr. Deborah Hicks-Rogoff |
represent the VISTA V with Program Officer Alexandria
Cooley and coordinator Chad Fogleman.
Second-year VISTA Elizabeth McIntosh showed us two videos made by Madison County teens for PAGE's digital literacy project. Liz also secured a $5000 donation from a private family foundation to support the PAGE project. Read more about Liz and her project in this profile.
Duke Community Service Center VISTA member Catherine Okafor will pilot a parental engagement and literacy support program at two elementary schools within the Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership group.
|VISTA Catherine Okafor, VISTA Leader Carla Davis, and|
State Program Officer Alexandria Cooley are
"Getting Things Done for America!"