Name: Jocivell Adames
Host site: Rhode Island College
Where did you go to school? Rhode Island College for Social Work
What are your personal and professional interests? Personal: cooking, working out, sightseeing, and listening to music. Professional: meeting new people and learning about local organizations in my community
If you could have any super power, what would it be? Fly so I can travel to any country whenever. I also wouldn’t have to take the bus everywhere.
Tell us your Story of Service – why did you choose to serve? How do you think you are impacting poverty?
My senior year in college I was a navigator at Rhode Island College for a year before I became an AmeriCorps*VISTA. My position was part of the student resource and support services on campus through a program called Learning for Life. My duties included providing peer support for approximately fifty students, advocating for them when needed support with their studies, meeting occasionally, and building rapport. My job was simply to support them emotionally, academically, and financially, and to help remove any obstacles and barriers getting in the way of graduation.
I am also a Young Voices alumna, which helped solidify the skills and knowledge I have now about student youth advocacy skills. This also helped me to get the navigator position at RIC.
I heard of the AmeriCorps*VISTA position a few months before I graduated in 2015 from my current (and wonderful) supervisor. She told me I would continue to be in the RIC community, but become a program coordinator for the Latino Success Pilot Project as opposed to being a Navigator.
I chose to serve because I wanted to stay near my community and make a difference for college students. I think I am impacting poverty in a smaller setting. I act as a bridge for the students I serve to connect to opportunities and advantages that can push them to achieve their highest potential, leading them to get their degrees, thus granting them more opportunities than those who do not receive it and putting them a step further from poverty.
To learn more about Jocivell’s work, visit the Learning for Life (L4L) Office at Rhode Island College or contact Jocivell directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.