WACC VISTA Stories: Career Navigator Program

Greg Gormley is the Career Navigator Program Coordinator VISTA at Spokane Falls Community College. In the second year of the project, Greg has focused on expanding the reach of the Career Navigator Program through curriculum development, mentor recruitment and training, and partnering with alternative classrooms. He reflects on the successes and challenges of the program in the following story.

The successful implementation of the Career Navigator Program at SFCC has been the highlight the winter quarter. I partnered with Gateway to College, a program on SFCC’s campus for students between ages 16 and 20. The class and instructor were positive and enthusiastic, and the volunteer mentors also had positive things to say about their experience. One mentor from last year, Kassandra Ortiz, has told us that the program is more structured this year, and the changes made to the content and presentation have made for a more effective program. Another mentor, Iva Laksmana, has seen her self-confidence grown, especially while presenting to a crowd. All four volunteers that have committed the CNP have continued to remain committed, consistently staying in contact, attending training session and meetings, and most crucially, facilitating the workshops held in the Gateway to College class. Based on conversations with the volunteer mentors, a key piece to sustaining their commitment has come from a structured approach to training and frequent communication from my end.

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Mentors Barb Hyer (left) and Kassandra Ortiz (right) lead a workshop session.

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2017 Washington Newman Civic Fellows

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Congratulations 2017 Newman Civic Fellows! <3 WACC

Veronica Ochoa, Gonzaga University (Click here to read more)

Echo Hahn, Grays Harbor College (Click here to read more)

Connor Eck, Washington State University Tri-Cities (Click here to read more)

Alicia Yan, Whitman College (Click here to read more)

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WACC VISTA Spring In-Service Training

2017 WACC VISTA ISTThe 2016-17 WACC VISTA Team enjoyed a gray and drizzly in-service training at Antioch University in downtown Seattle last week.

Session topics included: food insecurity on college campuses, gracious space as a community framework, the important of resilience, educational equity gaps, creating inclusive and respectful service-learning opportunities, and, of course, how to translate their VISTA service onto resumes, cover letters, and grad school applications. Members who began in August 2016 are halfway through their service year and are looking ahead to the post-VISTA transition. The team also welcomed three new members who began serving this past winter and are already immersed at their sites. Meet the current WACC VISTA Team here.

A special thank you to our gracious hosts and facilitators from Antioch University!

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Act now! Take 2 minutes to call your member of Congress!

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Dear friends,

We need your help to protect national service funding. 

Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps may be among federal programs being considered for elimination in the Administration’s budget.

Your voice is needed more than ever.

Act now. Take 2 minutes to call your member of Congress and tell them to protect national service funding.

AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA have overwhelming support among American voters across party lines, and are delivering results for communities across Washington state and the country.

We need to ask Congress to protect the federal investment in these programs that mean so much to our students, our communities, and our country.

Best regards,

Washington Campus Compact

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2017 Student Serving Washington Awards & Civic Engagement Meetings

2017 STUDENTS SERVING WASHINGTON AWARDS & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS

 
 

April 28, 2017 at The Museum of Flight

Seattle, WA

Join Presidents, Students, Faculty, Staff, Legislators, and Community Partners for a full day committed to exploring, sharing, and celebrating student civic engagement work across Washington state.


Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony

Join students, faculty, staff, community partners, and legislators to recognize outstanding student leaders and social entrepreneurs who are creating positive change and strengthening communities throughout Washington.

Time: 2pm-4pm

This event is open to all.


Networking Meeting – Civic Engagement, Democracy, and Renewal

Washington Campus Compact is proud to offer an opportunity for community service directors, faculty, and senior administrators involved in civic engagement to come together for a unique networking opportunity.

Time: 10:30am-1pm

This event includes lunch and is open to members only.


Presidents’ Meeting

Presidents and Chancellors from around the Washington Campus Compact network will come together to dialogue about how colleges and universities address critical issues in Washington through student civic engagement.

Time: 10:30am-1pm

This event includes lunch and is only open to Presidents & Chancellors (member and non-member institutions).


Student Symposium

Washington Campus Compact is proud to offer an opportunity for student leaders and national service members who are engaged in programs or projects that address critical issues through service or social entrepreneurship to come together to network, share best practices, and learn about the work of their peers.

Time: 9am-2pm

This event is open to students & national service members from member institutions only


REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 27, 2017

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Professional Development Opportunities

Don’t miss these upcoming opportunities!

March 9 Webinar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 12 Webinar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 28 Network Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 23 Summer Institute

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#STAND4SERVICE

Join Washington Campus Compact in Support of AmeriCorps and VISTA

Dear friends,

We need your help to protect national service funding. 

Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps may be among federal programs being considered for elimination in the Administration’s budget.

Your voice is needed more than ever.

Act now. Take 2 minutes to call your member of Congress and tell them to protect national service funding.

AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA have overwhelming support among American voters across party lines, and are delivering results for communities across Washington state and the country.

We need to ask Congress to protect the federal investment in these programs that mean so much to our students, our communities, and our country.

Best regards,

Washington Campus Compact

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WACC VISTA Update: Sterling Meadows Teen Homework Club

Brian D’Auteuil is the Education Coordinator VISTA serving at Sterling Meadows, a low-income housing complex for agricultural workers and families in Bellingham. Much of his work involves engaging the youth and teens who live in the housing complex to participate in the after-school homework club held in the community center on site. Brian writes about the positive impact that the program has had on current students and alums who return to their community to give back through service-learning opportunities with WWU’s Woodring College of Education.

Sterling Meadows Teen Homework Club has been a key resource for middle school, high school, and college students this academic year. The growth in popularity of this educational program culminated in a wonderful turnout of students of all ages on the Monday of finals week. While the trend in academic improvement is clear from statistics of high school graduation rate and number of students passing classes, these numbers can’t accurately depict the atmosphere in our recent teen homework clubs. Many regulars of this program were toiling away, whether it was taking copious notes on child psychology, memorizing different parts of the cell, or solving complex trigonometric equations. These students sat side by side with Sterling Meadows college students who continue to show the younger generation that academic success takes hard work and determination. Regardless of whether a student was stuck on a 6th grade algebra problem or college level physics for educators, no one hesitated to call over one of our service learners from Western’s Woodring School of Education. Continue reading

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WACC Newsletter | January

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WACC VISTA Members “Make It a Day On” For MLK Day

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The 2016-17 WACC VISTA Team participated in a National Day of Service in honor of Dr. King by organizing service projects or volunteering for existing events in their communities. VISTA members rolled up their sleeves to make applesauce, shovel mulch, read to kids, collect food donations, and ask neighbors what their dream is for their community. Read all these stories of service below!


Laurne Terasaki – Food Security Coordinator, University of Washington

A group of 40 students from UW built a quarter mile gravel path in Seattle’s Volunteer Park. The gravel was frozen in two solid piles, so half of the team chipped away with shovels and pick-axes, while the other half spread out loosened gravel, pruned vegetation, and prepared the landscape.

Participating in National Days of Service allows VISTAs to build comradery, engage with the community, and reminds us about the impact that direct service can have: a clear, walkable path can encourage people to spend time outdoors, access the tennis courts along the path, and gives volunteers a sense of investment in their own community.

Greg Gormley – Peer Navigator Coordinator, Spokane Falls Community College

SFCC’s AmeriCorps members and the Associated Student Government organized an event sorting and packaging food for distribution around Eastern Washington at Northwest Harvest in Spokane Valley. Fourteen volunteers participated in the event, and 2,750 pounds of food was sorted and/or packaged, all of which will be distributed locally to those in need.

This volunteer opportunity, more than anything else, helped our group learn more about an organization that does a lot of good in our community. The volunteer coordinator, Katie Huckabee, did a great job explaining how Northwest Harvest was different than a food bank, and how their role is vital to food access for those where it may not be readily available.

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