MACC AmeriCorps VISTA

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Alyssa McBride: Bay Path University, The Gray House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and The Walking School Bus

I am very privileged to be a MACC VISTA this year. My role at Bay Path University is to connect campus resources with our community partners. I coordinate student volunteers with different community partners in Springfield. These projects include walking elementary students to school, mentoring middle school students with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and tutoring [...]

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Laura Clampitt: Smith College and the Kensington International Baccalaureate School

This is my first year serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA. I am m working with Smith College and the Kensington International Baccalaureate School in Springfield to develop a program to engage refugee families. Starting this position in November, I was nervous that I was starting separately from my MACC buddies. However, the other VISTAs and VISTA [...]

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Bethany Strohm: Massachusetts College of Art & Design and Boston Public Schools

I am currently serving at my alma mater, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, in partnership with Boston Public schools. At MassArt, I work with an after-school/summer program called Artward Bound. Artward Bound is a four year college access program in the arts that provides art classes and academic support for BPS students. As an [...]

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Morgan Harthorne: Western New England University and Springfield School Volunteers

About five years ago, I was a freshman college student with a full work study award in need of a job. I utilized my resources and found the America Reads program. Since at the time I was an aspiring Elementary School teacher, I figured this would be the perfect jump start to my career. I [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Seeks 2015-2016 Host Site Applicants

​​​​​Download the RFP MACC is pleased to release the RFP for the 2015-2016 MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA program​ ​ The Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA (MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA) program was created in 1997 through a partnership between MACC and the Massachusetts state office of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA members build capacity for campus [...]

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Gretchen Barkhuff: Simmons College and Boston Teachers Union School

I am privileged to be the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA serving at Simmons College in partnership with the Boston Teachers Union School, which is a teacher-led K-8 public school in Jamaica Plain. In my position, I am focused on closing the opportunity-gap for low-income students by increasing access to Out of School Time activities. The reality of [...]

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Gwen Coiley: Mount Holyoke College and Holyoke Public Schools

My role this year as a MACC VISTA at Mount Holyoke College is to connect resources and students from the Spanish Department with the Latino community in the Holyoke Public Schools. I have facilitated students’ involvement in many different projects such as interpreting during IEP meetings, creating bilingual videos to promote awareness around literacy development [...]

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Kia Burton-McLaughlin: Greenfield Community College and Greenfield High School

What an opportunity it has been thus far to work towards the alleviation of poverty by promoting education. I feel like a K-16 pipeline champion, not just reading an article about great initiatives but actually taking part in creating change. This year, I have the pleasure of serving at Greenfield Community College as a MACC [...]

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Julie Cronin: Mt. Ida College and the Urban Science Academy

My name is Julie Cronin and I am the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA serving at Mount Ida College in partnership with Urban Science Academy (USA), a Boston Public High School. I am the first VISTA to serve through this new partnership focused on post-secondary success. USA is a high poverty school, serving many high-needs, first-generation students, many [...]

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Sheldine Jean-Baptiste: UMass Boston and the Walter Denney Center

Sometimes I forget that I have been serving with AmeriCorps for four years; two of which I served as a Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA. My first year with MACC I served at Lasell College in partnership with the South Boston Boys & Girls Club. For my second year, I am serving with University of Massachusetts [...]

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Sarah Jane Huber: Wellesley College and Saint Stephen’s Youth Programs

When people ask me what I do and where I work, I can give several different answers: I’m doing a year of service as a Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) AmeriCorps*VISTA; I am a staff member on the service team at Wellesley College’s Center for Work and Service (CWS); I am a part of the College [...]

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Diana Estime: Lesley University and Tutoring Plus

My name is Diana Estime and I am the MACC VISTA/ Community Engagement Coordinator at Lesley University, partnering with Tutoring Plus in Cambridge, MA. Tutoring Plus is a nonprofit that provides tutoring and enrichment programming to Cambridge youth. Recently, Tutoring Plus has undergone a number of transitions causing my tasks to vary. One consistent task [...]

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Kevin Moloney : Northern Essex Community College and Lawrence High School

Throughout the past four months, I have been fortunate enough to serve in the Lawrence Community as an active civic engagement advocate at Northern Essex Community College, as well as in my role as a coordinator to the Lawrence High School for Health and Human Services partnership. Growing up in Lowell, just two towns over [...]

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Alyssa McEachran: Merrimack College and Lawrence High School

My name is Alyssa McEachran and I am currently working in the Lawrence to College project, a partnership between Lawrence High School and Merrimack College. The partnership is held in the Business, Finance, and Management School and the Human Leadership and Development Academy of Lawrence High School, and in the School of Education at Merrimack [...]

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Molly Crouser: Saying Goodbye and Completing a Term of Service

Nothing has been normal about my MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA position and I would not have it any other way! As I began my journey last November, a few clear questions influenced my start: Are the other kids in the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Program going to like me? Will my partnerships be a good fit? Am I going [...]

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Veronica Quiles: UMASS Amherst and Student Bridges

My name is VQ, and although I am a second year MACC AmeriCorps VISTA, this is my fifth year being a part of Student Bridges, a predominantly undergraduate student run agency at UMASS Amherst. My first year with Student Bridges was being a student in their yearlong service-learning course: Learning Through Community Engagement. This course combines a two-hour [...]

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Richard Rozewski: MassArt and sparc! The ArtMobile

I came to serve as a MACC AmeriCorps VISTA through the process of deciding between pursuing further education or seeking work. I was accepted to the California College of the Arts (CCA) for a Masters of Architecture program and had to choose between that and the VISTA position in Boston- both were wonderful opportunities and [...]

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Gabby Peruccio: Stonehill College and Brockton’s Promise

As a MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA at my alma mater, Stonehill College, it is amazing to be back on the campus that I have grown to know over the past four years. I have been welcomed back into the community with open arms and feel so fortunate to be able to continue working with former professors, mentors [...]

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Kelsey Hopkins: Worcester State University at the Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School

I chose to serve with The John J. Binienda Center for Civic Engagement at my alma mater Worcester State University because I believe in the benefits of the partnership between the University and Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School. I love connecting with the college students, my former classmates, to share in my passion for community engagement [...]

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Elena Bilodeau: STEM Learning with Middlesex Community College and Lowell

In our 21st Century society, it has become increasingly important for our students to possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The partnership between the Service Learning Department at Middlesex Community College (MCC) and the Bartlett Community Partnership School in Lowell, Massachusetts addresses [...]