Emma Brandt serves as the College Access Unlimited AmeriCorps*VISTA at Blackstone Academy Charter School, working on developing college access resources and trainings to support staff and students in achieving postsecondary goals! Read below for Emma’s story of service as a Rhode Island Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA.
Name: Kevin Novell Host Site: Community College of Rhode Island Where did you go to school? Brown University What are your personal and professional interests? Mapping, hidden or disused spaces, local history If you could have any super power, what would it be? Apophenia – the ability to make connections where they do not currently […]
Sara Melucci is a RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA serving at the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College. Sara’s work centers on impact assessment in community partnerships. Find out more in Sara’s VISTA Voices story below! Where did you go to school? Providence College ‘14 What are your personal and professional interests? Experiential learning, social work, […]
During my undergraduate career at Salve Regina University, I loved being involved with the Community Service Office. I participated in the Scholarships for Service program, where I completed 300 hours of community service my freshman year… In my Vista position I serve as the liaison between nonprofits and students, while creating service events for students and building capacity for Salve’s Office of Community Service.
Melanie Tomlinson is currently serving at Salve Regina University and building the capacity of non-profit organizations to meet the needs of low-income individuals through campus-community partnership building. Melanie’s work focuses on integrating an established culture of service with academic coursework by supporting faculty in the development and facilitation of service-learning courses. Host Site: Salve Regina […]
Joshua Rodriguez’s VISTA work is with Breakthrough Providence, and he enjoys serving Breakthrough Providence and doing college access work there. The work he has completed there already has taught him much about the non-profit world, professionalism, networking, the educational system, and more.
Dana Brown finds value in working as an AmeriCorps VISTA because it allows him to improve conditions around him instead of just living within them. Originally from Pawtucket, RI, Dana now understands that poverty is a condition to study and ameliorate, not just a part of life that influences your future.
Stuart Haruyama is a VISTA who works at RISD, helping to run community engagement programs while also maintaining and expanding various community partnerships. For Stuart, some of the highlights of working with this organization include assisting in the week-long POSE service program for incoming freshman, celebrating RISD’s new formal non-profit partnerships, and launching RISD’s new Community Liaison and LACE Fellowship programs.
Linsday Paiva works with Breakthrough Providence, a non-profit organization in the city with the dual mission of supporting low-income, first generation, college-bound middle school students and encouraging high school and college students to pursue a career in education. Within Breakthrough Providence is Students Teaching Students Institute (STSI), and Emily focuses on professional development workshops for schools, districts, community-based organizations, and teacher education programs in three main areas: relationship building, developing a culture of spirit and scholarship, and rigoritivity (creating learning environments that are both rigorous and creative).
Emily Gonzalez is a VISTA that works with College Visions, where she is serving year as a College Advisor/Alumni Engagement Coordinator. College Visions aims to not only work with first generation students to matriculate into college, but also to graduate from college.