Introducing MOST's 2015-16 VISTAS!
MOST welcomed a new class of 15 Americorps VISTA volunteers in Fall 2015. These dedicated individuals have each committed to serve for one year with nonprofit organizations across the state of Maryland. Our current VISTA projects are focused on addressing concerns ranging from public health and healthy behaviors, to raising the visibility of STEM opportunities for families in Baltimore City, to building a large-scale public garden in Harford County. Our VISTAs have travelled from as far as California and Puerto Rico to serve the needs of Maryland youth - we are immensely grateful for their dedication and enthusiasm in working to support more and better Out of School Time opportunities in our great state.
Resource Development & Communications, College and Career Readiness, Greater Baltimore Urban League
One of two MOST VISTAs serving with the Greater Baltimore Urban League in year 3 of a long-term project, Andy will continue building the capacity by developing and managing sustainable, scalable, and replicable evidence-based programs to enhance the education and employment prospects of Baltimore residents. Andy will be focused on completing projects already started and on broadening the scope of activities which foster sustainable growth for Baltimore City youth.
Program Development Coordinator, Veterans In Partnership
Veterans in Partnership offers middle-school students hands-on after school STEM activities to engage them in academic enhancement at Westport Elementary School. In her role as Program Development Coordinator, Ashley is working to develop organizational capacity in this new organization, creating infrastructure, and fostering sustainability and growth for years to come.
OST/STEM VISTA, University of Maryland Extension 4H Baltimore County
In her position as the University of Maryland Extension's 4H Baltimore County Out of School Time / STEM VISTA, Bidemi will be working on the Baltimore County 4-H Partnership Enhancement with BCPS Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency. This partnership was forged in 2014 and has focused on launching sustainable 4-H OST programs in schools along the Liberty Road corridor. Bidemi will be working to enhance this partnership, linking 4-H curriculum to the standards within BCPS curricular departments, developing additional trainings for teachers/volunteers, and will be procuring additional grant funding for the project.
Project Coordinator, College and Career Readiness, Greater Baltimore Urban League
In year 3 of a three year project focused on building capacity for the Greater Baltimore Urban League, Candace will be working to develop and manage sustainable, scalable, and replicable evidence-based programs to enhance the education and employment prospects of Baltimore residents. Candace will be building on the past successes of two former VISTA members who were instrumental in creating GBUL's Saturday Leadership Program, a college and career readiness program which fosters community leadership with Baltimore youth.
Outreach Coordinator, KID Museum
In the second year of this VISTA program, Chad will be working to recruit and manage community members to serve on various service projects and committees with the Kids' International Discovery Museum in Bethesda, Maryland. Chad will be responsible for providing training and support to volunteers in their placements, as well as tracking volunteer commitments, contact information, and completed volunteer hours in a database. Chad will also be assisting in the development of the museum’s outreach alongside the Director of Operations.
MOST Baltimore STEM Ecosystem, Maryland Out of School Time Network
The Baltimore STEM Ecosystem VISTA project will create connected pathways for young people in Baltimore City to engage in STEM experiences at the elementary school level, begin applying and practicing STEM knowledge and skills at the Middle School level, and at the high school level to take advantage of opportunities both in-school and outside of the school day that will propel them toward further STEM education or STEM careers.
VISTA Leader, Maryland Out of School Time Network
As the MOST VISTA Leader, Graham will provide strategic support to forward the impact of MOST’s VISTA projects and build systems to track and coordinate VISTA projects across sites and focus areas.
MOST Healthy Behaviors Program Assistant VISTA, Maryland Out of School Time Network
In her role as the Healthy Behaviors Program Assistant VISTA, Hope will expand health and wellness learning opportunities in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s HOST (Healthy Out of School Time) framework. She will be working in collaboration with MOST Healthy Behaviors partners in the out of school hours for youth, their families, and program staff throughout communities statewide while discovering and creating actionable opportunities to bridge the wellness and STEM movements for underprivileged youth and families.
Youth Healthy Habits: A Game Plan for the Mind, Boys and Girls club of Harford County
In her role with the Boys and Girls Club of Harford County, Kaila will expand opportunities for underserved youth who live within a food desert area. These opportunities will include the development of an outdoor learning lab, curriculum development, community organizing, and implementing the second-year build phase of a large-scale community garden project.
Food Access VISTA, Family League of Baltimore
In his role as Food Access VISTA, Phillip will work to increase the reach and effectiveness of the Federal Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer FoodService Program, boosting the number of meals served and programs enrolled by residents of Baltimore City. Phillip will be building on the work of a former MOST VISTA who served two terms with the Family League.
The VISTA Leader will provide strategic support to forward the impact of MOST’s VISTA projects and build systems to track and coordinate VISTA projects across sites and focus areas.