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Jeannette Viens: Smith College in Partnership with Kensington International Elementary School

As a MACC VISTA, I have spent the past 10 months working with the Smith College Jandon Center for Community Engagement in partnership with Kensington International Elementary School in Springfield. The experience has proven to be a unique opportunity for personal and professional development as well as a chance to give back to my wider [...]

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Jose Gonzalez: Westfield State University in partnership with Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative

A few days before I graduated from Westfield State University (WSU), I was offered the opportunity to become an AmeriCorps*VISTA at WSU. My soon to be supervisor briefly explained to me that I’d be working with the WSU education department in conjunction with the Holyoke Public School Department (HPS). Once I heard I was going [...]

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Cathy Teague: Mount Wachusett Community College in partnership with Boys and Girls Club

As my year as a MACC VISTA is coming to a close, I realize that I have grown both professionally and personally. I stepped out of my comfort zone on numerous occasions, this is where I learned that sometimes we just have to push through the uncomfortable moments to experience the greatest growth. This year [...]

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Sara Sargent: Wellesley College in Partnership with St. Stephen’s Youth Programs

During our close of service MACC retreat on Cape Cod several weeks ago, we were asked to map our personal and professional journey over the past year. It was definitely a challenge to fit everything on one piece of paper and I found that words and pictures were not enough to capture my incredible and [...]

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Kamilah Reed: Simmons College in Partnership with Boston Teacher’s Union

The Simmons and Boston Teachers Union School partnership is an interesting partnership, but one that I have enjoyed working with. Beginning my VISTA year, I spent time getting to know learn more about  my role as a VISTA, figure out what was done last year and make a rough draft of a plan for the [...]

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Scott Keosung: Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Partnership with Boston Public Schools

My year as a MACC VISTA is definitely a year I will never forget. I have been able to not only be part of this amazing Corps, but also have been able to make a significant change in my program, Artward Bound, and the students I serve. Artward Bound has helped me to do both [...]

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Taelyr Roberts: Babson College in Partnership with the Framingham Housing Authority

My VISTA year has had some pretty crazy twists and turns. That has included some downs but also major success. I have two successes that I think make for pretty cool stories. The first is that this year I assisted in expanding our Entrepreneurial Leadership Youth program offerings to include another location with the Framingham [...]

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Michelle McGonagle: Framingham State University in partnership with Framingham Housing Authority

I feel like I have blinked and my first year of service with MACC VISTA has gone by. In this first year I have done many exciting, impactful things to build the capacity of various campus-community partnerships as the MACC VISTA at Framingham State University. My main focus when creating campus-community partnerships is to support [...]

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Beth King: Merrimack College in partnership with Lawrence High School

After graduating from Quinnipiac University in 2011, I had a few choices that I needed to make: 1. Try to find a job as a social services major with only a Bachelor’s Degree (good luck), 2. Apply to AmeriCorps, or 3. Apply to graduate school for social work. As a human being who describes applications [...]

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Cassie Peltola: Wheaton College in Partnership with Head Start and Norton Public Schools

When I first signed up to serve as a MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA in 2014 at my alma mater, Wheaton College, I initially only intended to stay on for a full year in the hopes of learning more about k-12 public education and higher education. I served as the liaison between Wheaton College, the Norton Public Schools, [...]

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Gabby Peruccio: Stonehill College in Partnership with Brockton’s Promise

I cannot believe how fast time flies!  We are only four months away to our end of service and it’s been a whirlwind of an adventure these past two years. Serving in my second year as a Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA, I’ve had the opportunity to develop my partnership on a much deeper level. I’ve [...]

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Patty Dawson: Middlesex Community College in Partnership with Lowell Public School and Sarah Costello: University of Massachusetts, Lowell in Partnership with Lowell High School

We are AmeriCorps*VISTAs serving in Lowell. Patty is coordinating project-based and individual service-learning for Middlesex Community College, specifically with the Bartlett Community Partnership School. Sarah is working to build the partnership between University of Massachusetts Lowell and PALS, a mentorship program at Lowell High School that helps juniors and seniors reach graduation and find post-graduate [...]

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Rania Ezzo: Campus Compact

“So what do you do again, exactly?” hears the MACC VISTA over and over. Our work is not exactly a simple thing to explain. Because there are many layers: We alleviate poverty. We focus on student success. We integrate service learning, community leadership and civic engagement into partnership initiatives. We enhance programs, synthesize, track, implement, [...]

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Terrell James: Western New England University in Partnership with John J. Duggan Academy

Justice is how I ended up here. Justice and I have a long history. As far back as I can remember I have always believed in Justice and have dedicated myself to it. However, my thinking about justice has evolved throughout the years. This is of course reflective of what my goals were as I [...]

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Taisha White: Mount Ida College in Partnership with Urban Science Academy

Wow! These past months have been an adventure! From recently, crossing the stage in May to returning to serve as a MACC*VISTA at my alma mater Mount Ida College in August. Making the choice of dedicating my life to a year of service was not an easy choice by far. However, it has been inspirational [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Alumni Spotlight: Karen Lynch

Name: Karen Lynch (a.k.a. Lynchie, Lynchinator, Lynchmeister, Lovin’ Little Lynchbug…) When did you serve as a MACC VISTA? 2000-2003 Where did you serve? I served as a MACC VISTA from 2000-2001 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and as a VISTA Leader from MACC HQ from 2001-2003. What did you do immediately after your VISTA year? After [...]

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Marlene Mendez: Regis College and Bethany Hill School

My name is Marlene Mendez and I have been at Regis College for a total of 6 years and 10 months. I am the third year VISTA this year at the Massachusetts Campus Compact VISTA Program. I have remained with my community partner the Bethany Hill School for my three years as a MACC VISTA, because [...]

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Tsekai English: Wheelock College, Mattahunt Elementary School, & Mattahunt Community Center

I serve as the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA at Wheelock College partnering with the Mattahunt Elementary School and the Mattahunt Community Center which are both housed in the same building. At the school my role is to support and improve the school’s communication with families. At the community center my primary role is to academically support the [...]

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Talia Abner: Brandeis University and the Prospect Hill Community Center

Since this fall, I have worked at Brandeis University to support the new Prospect Hill Community Center, a job that entails a variety of constantly evolving responsibilities. As a MACC VISTA at Brandeis and Prospect Hill I am confronted with daily trials and tribulations including experimenting with methods for volunteer nametag organization, finding the best [...]

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Courtney Campbell: Cape Cod Community College, Centerville Elementary School & West Hyannis Elementary School

Wow! What an adventure this year has been. Picking up everything and moving from Ohio to the east coast in a whirlwind has proven to be the most challenging, and rewarding, experience of my life. As a MACC VISTA at Cape Cod Community College, I have truly learned the importance of communication within a campus and [...]