RICC Staff and AmeriCorps*VISTA’s participated in the Winnepaug Pond Clean-Up on Saturday, March 16th. Volunteers removed debris and trash that had settled in the salt marsh following Hurricane Sandy. Local volunteers will continue cleaning up the area throughout the Spring. Please contact Cyndi Myers, Disaster Response Coordinator at Serve Rhode Island for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
In collaboration with the RI State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Rhode Island Campus Compact is proud to partner with the following organizations and projects for the 2012 – 2013 RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA program:
College Unbound, Big Picture Learning
RI Urban Debate League, Brown University
Connect to College, Community College of Rhode Island
Smith Hill CDC, Providence College
Partnerships for Success, RI Campus Compact & AICU RI
After-School & Teaching Studio, The Learning Community
First Star Academy, University of Rhode Island
Frankie Merwin offers a charming story of how learning a choreographed dance with a group of kids mirrors the ambitions of many VISTA members. The kids and Frankie kept putting in effort towards the goal of learning the dance, and the Americorps*VISTA program continues to work towards the goals of collaboration between campus and community and of student success.
Samantha Bergbauer writes about the “Providence College/Smith Hill Annex”, which is a community space that anyone can use for the purpose of conversation. This room was not like a large lecture hall one would find on a campus or a fully equipped conference room, but this space gave anyone in the community an opportunity to talk with others and share their opinions. Bringing together campuses and communities in a collaborative and safe space allows for creative freedom and progress.
Ryan Dwyer is a VISTA and member of the Rhode Island Urban Debate League, and he works with students on improving their debating skills. Dwyer even got to experience being a judge for his debate students, which was a new role for him to play. He writes, “Working as an AmeriCorps*VISTA is truly an exciting and enlightening experience. Although it is commonly referred to as “indirect service”, I am so often directly seeing the impact of my work, and bearing witness to many new progressive and exciting ideas in education.”
Rachael Simms works in the after-school program at the Learning Community, a K-8 public charter school located in Central Falls, RI. She believes the after-school program is beneficial to each student and allows them to flourish in the school system and community. Simms stresses the program as a “reliable sanctuary” where students can develop academic and social skills outside of the regular school day, and this provides them with confidence in their work and in social situations.
Most people I meet have a hard time understanding why I would leave my teaching job and move all the way across the country to become a VISTA. And while I have just as hard a time explaining it, it’s definitely not because I disliked my job or career choice. After four years of teaching, […]