2017-2018 Vista Leaders

Raquel Brown

E-mail: racquel.brown1920 {at} gmail(.)com 

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will seek to address needs in Orangeburg, South Carolina aligned with: promoting literacy among students (K-3) in Title I and low-performing area schools, mentoring students with the goal to provide encouragement and exposure outside the scope of environmental factors, and providing support to local workforce development programs to impact those living in poverty. TheVISTA will work to recruit, manage, and train volunteers to meet these needs and build capacity for service delivery. The VISTA will also seek to establish partnerships with agencies that serve veterans and military families.

Taylor Brown

E-mail: khtaylor803 {at} gmail(.)com 

Through VISTA activities community partnerships will be enhanced or established to address the identified need of economically disadvantaged community members. The work of the VISTA will increase the capacity for the Youth LeadershipInstitute to impact the readiness of economically disadvantaged students for success in post-secondary institutions of higher education. The project will also seek to increase the engagement of veterans in service projects related to anti-poverty.

Ashley Burton

E-mail: burtonab {at} g.cofc(.)edu  

The AmeriCorps VISTA member, through partnerships with community stakeholders, will seek to improve the academic success of K-12 students living in poverty, many of who attend Title I and Low-income schools, as well as addressing issues of summer learning loss. In the context of sustainable community partnerships, the VISTA will engage volunteers in tutoring, mentoring and enrichment activities to enhance potential for academic success of disadvantaged youth in areas such as academic engagement, literacy, and science. The project will also seek to engage volunteers in service activities to enhance economic opportunity in Charleston and the surrounding area.

DeVonte Davis

E-mail: Devontedavis11 {at} gmail(.)com 

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work to build the capacity of programs that engage volunteers in anti-poverty service opportunities, through partnership building, program and event development and facilitation, and the recruiting, training, and management of volunteers. Through partnerships with community and campus stakeholders, the financial literacy of economically disadvantaged community members will improve. The VISTA member will strengthen relationships with community partners to enhance the capacity and sustainability of programs in the area of education, particularly K-12 and post-secondary success.

Shayna Foxworth

E-Mail: Foxworths2 {at} winthrop(.)edu 

Through partnerships with community and campus stakeholders, the educational outcomes of the children residing in the Boyd Hill community of Rock Hill, SC will be improved in the areas of School Readiness and PK-12 Success. Project activities will concentrate on the recruitment and development of Winthrop University volunteers as tutors, reading buddies and mentors for the Boyd Hill community.

Cassie Jacobs

E-Mail: jacobcas {at} mailbox.sc(.)edu 

The VISTA member will work to build the capacity of programs that engage volunteers in anti-poverty service opportunities through partnership building, program development and facilitation, and the recruiting, training, and management of volunteers. The project will seek to promote healthy futures and economic opportunity through the creation and implementation of community partner engagement and programming with the Student Leadership and Service Center to impact those living in poverty who may be facing food insecurity and those who can benefit from financial literacy education in conjunction with tax preparation assistance. The VISTA will also involve the local community and campus in National Days of Service.

Amanda Martell

E-Mail: amandalee620 {at} aol(.)com 

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work to build the capacity of programs that engage volunteers in anti-poverty service opportunities, through
partnership building, program and event development and facilitation, and the recruiting, training, and management of volunteers. These efforts will be specifically directed toward health and social service organizations enhancing the service they provide to Latino families in South Carolina by supporting PASOs’ Community Health Worker Program.

Ashley Matheson

E-Mail: mathesoa {at} email.uscupstate(.)edu 

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work to reduce food insecurity and increase awareness of access to nutritious food. Project activities will concentrate on the development and implementation of strategies that increase awareness of healthy food access and knowledge among economically disadvantaged students. Through partnerships with community and campus stakeholders the VISTA member will work to improve educational and healthy future outcomes for economically disadvantaged K-5 students. Project activities will concentrate on exploring the development of an educational mentoring program at a school with economically disadvantaged K-5 students.

Richie Parra

E-Mail: parra.richie {at} gmail(.)com 

The AmeriCorps VISTA member, through partnerships with community stakeholders, will seek to improve the academic success of K-12 students living in poverty, many of who attend Title I and Low-income schools, as well as addressing issues of summer learning loss. In the context of sustainable community partnerships, the VISTA will engage volunteers in tutoring, mentoring and enrichment activities to enhance potential for academic success of disadvantaged youth in areas such as academic engagement, literacy, and science. The project will also seek to engage volunteers in service activities to enhance economic opportunity in Charleston and the surrounding area.

Corey Pearson

E-Mail: copearson {at} claflin(.)edu 

The VISTA will work to build the capacity of programs that engage
volunteers in anti-poverty related initiatives within the Charleston community that specifically align with the Healthy Futures focus area. The VISTA will focus efforts on building relationships with community partners specifically dedicated to supporting access to care and access to food within impoverished communities in Charleston through recurring service opportunities engaging volunteers affiliated with the Center for Civic Engagement. The VISTA will focus efforts on recruiting, guiding, and educating volunteers in activities that support the initiatives of community partners to alleviate poverty and to improve the overall health and well-being of the community.

Karina Sumano

E-Mail: karinasumano6 {at} gmail(.)com 

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Toria Teamer

E-Mail: toria1127 {at} gmail(.)com 

The VISTA member will work to build the capacity and sustainability of the programs that engage volunteers in anti-poverty service
opportunities, through partnership building, program and event development and facilitation, and the recruiting, training, and management of volunteers. Through partnerships with community and campus stakeholders, the educational outcomes of children (pre-K-college preparatory) will be improved, and access to nutritious food and healthcare (preventative and primary) to economically disadvantaged people will be improved.

Destini Wainer

E-Mail: destini.wainer {at} gmail(.)com 

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will, through partnerships with a local neighborhood, the Aiken community, and campus stakeholders, will work to
improve the opportunities of economically disadvantaged children, teens, and young adults in the areas of financial literacy, food insecurity, education, and employability. In addition, the VISTA member will develop partnerships with USC Aiken faculty and staff to develop civic engagement programs. The VISTA will continue to develop or enhance existing activities to recognize days of service, increase awareness of community needs and engage volunteers. The VISTA member will work to build the capacity of programs that engage volunteers in anti-poverty service opportunities.

Shianna Whitner

E-Mail: shianna.whitner {at} converse(.)edu  

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work to build the capacity of programs that engage volunteers in anti-poverty service opportunities, through partnership building, program and event development and facilitation, and the recruiting, training, and management of volunteers. These programs will specifically seek to improve the lives of students actively breaking the cycle of poverty through education. The VISTA will do this by strengthening community partnerships and the level of communication between Furman and such partners; researching, designing and delivering the first year of a sustainable support program for first-generation college students and students coming from traditionally under-resourced high schools in South Carolina.

Kyra Youngblood

E-Mail: youngbloodkc {at} vcu(.)edu 

Through the activities of the VISTA member in partnership
with community stakeholders the academic success of economically disadvantaged K-12 students will be improved. The project will also seek to explore the development of a program in conjunction with a local high school to improve college access for at-risk high school students. Activities to bring about awareness of poverty issues, especially those related to education will be developed and implemented. The VISTA will also involve the local community and campus in National Days of Service.