Congratulations MOST Americorps VISTAs!
Congratulations, MOST VISTAs!
Congratulations to three Maryland Out of School Time Network VISTAs for completing a year of service! Stephanie Alphee, STEM VISTA at University of Maryland Extension 4-H Western Maryland and Carrie Finkelstein, Communications and Engagement Specialist at the Campaign for Grade Level Reading both close their service at the end of February, and Alison Howland is continuing her second year as the Hunger Strategies VISTA at the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger. With the support of the Corporation for National and Community Service, MOST places a cohort of VISTA members throughout the state to create MORE and BETTER afterschool and summer programs for Maryland youth. Check out what our VISTA members have achieved:
Steph coordinated the participation of more than 700 students in STEM education activities across rural western Maryland including the inaugural Camp Algawa STEM engineering boat building challenge. She has accepted a position as the STEM Specialist for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.
Carrie helped to coordinate the first year of Read 15, a Baltimore city-wide initiative to encourage children to read 15 minutes each day during the summer with approximately 17,000 students participating.She also developed a partnership with the MICA Center for Social Design to create entirely community-based strategies around the importance of reading. She will be continuing on in a newly created staff position at the Campaign for Grade Level Reading.
Alison was instrumental in recruiting 65 new sites to serve afterschool meals to at risk youth through the US Department of Agriculture’s Community and Adult Food Care Program. Approximately 3,825 additional meals or snacks are now being served to more than 1,200 young people at risk for hunger. Alison is continuing her second year of service as the Hunger Strategies VISTA at the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger.