Friendship Schools’ Alumni Day: An Exciting P20 CONNECTS Collective Impact Initiative Program

By Taylor Gates, CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Collective Impact Initiative CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Salma Rashid, is building a lasting community of support by coordinating Alumni Affairs at Friendship Public Charter Schools in DC. Each year, Friendship hosts an alumni event for their current and past students to mingle and inspire each other. Just before the holiday break, Salma helped organize Alumni Week, working with partners to make the event Zoom-friendly amid the pandemic. This year Alumni Day consisted of a college panel, a career panel, and advisory chats, all designed for alumni to have opportunities to share the wisdom…

An AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor Talks Career Readiness at USG

by Sara Wells, ACES Career Readiness Manager, Center for Recruitment & Transfer Access, Universities at Shady Grove When I say “I’m a career coach,” I’m not just talking shop or sharing a former job title.  In actuality, I am letting you in on a core part of my identity.  It gives me unrivaled joy to help others discover the intersection of their skills and passion.  It is my goal to help as many as I can locate the sweet spot where talent and mission intersect to form a financially self-sustaining career. As such, I have committed myself to the cause of…

UMBC Retriever Essentials: Partners in Passion

By Fariha Khalid, CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member serving at UMBC Retriever Essentials On the chilly morning of December 11th, only 12 hours after a call for volunteers had gone out, twenty volunteers showed up in front of the UMBC Event Center ready to move about 3,500 food items to the new food pantry in the Sherman Building. Earlier that same morning, several Retriever Essentials team members met to move the shelves from the old pantry (on the fifth floor of the Fine Arts Building) to the new location so that the new space for the incoming bulk food could be…

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