9 Reasons Why it Rocks to be a VISTA at NCVS

5 Jun

The National Conference on Volunteering and Service starts to tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’re a service nerd like me this conference is like being a kid in a candy store. So many cool things happening, so little time.

And if you’re a VISTA there are TONS of opportunities for you to meet fellow members who are serving all over the country. You won’t want to miss out on all the cool opportunities in store for VISTAs so here’s a handy dandy list of all the reason these next three days are going to be awesome.

1. Free Beignets (and awesome conversation) 

The VISTA Coffeehouse will be the headquarters for everything you need to rock out your time at NCVS. The coffeehouse is located in the convention center in room #226. This is place to meet up with other VISTAs, recharge your batteries both literally (there will be powerstripsthere for all of your devices) and metaphorically (did I mention there will be beignets?), and get all the resources you need to make your year of service rock! Here are the hours for the coffeehouse:

Monday, June 6th: 12noon – 3:30pm

Tuesday, June 7th: 8am– 4pm

Wednesday , June 8th: 8am-12noon

2. Jazz + Beer + Fellow VISTAs = One Amazing Meet Up 

Come to The Maison (508 Frenchmen St.) on Tuesday, June 7 at 6pm to for a casual meet up with live music! Can’t make it that night? Then make sure you attend the second VISTA meetup Wednesday, June 8 from 10:30am-12pm for brilliant discussion and networking.

3. See Your Tweets on the Big Screen

Use the hashtag #VISTANCVS to get your tweets on the big screen in the VISTA Coffeehouse at the  live tweet chats held there each day from 11am-12pm. This is a great chance to connect with tweeps from the conference and around the country.

4. Check in and Win

Got Foursquare? You’re in luck! Be the first Mayor of the VISTA Coffeehouse and you can win awesome VISTA swag, and I mean really awesome.

Got Gowalla? Even better! Be the first person to complete the VISTA NOLA Trip and you can win even more VISTA swag. Yep, being a VISTA has never been so good.

5. Blog with the Cool Kids

Bloggers will fall in love with the Blogger’s Lounge at the VISTA Coffeehouse. Share ideas and tips with other VISTAs who can help you craft your perfect post about NCVS. Just plug in or use one of the laptops there and blog away!

6. Share Your Story with the World! 

Stations will be set up for you to share your VISTA story on Facebook, by videos, with pictures, or just about any way you want to express yourself.

7. Get Free Social Media Advice

How do you use Foursquare? Can LinkedIn help me find a job after service? How can I use a blog to publicize the nonprofit I serve with? Get all your questions answered at the VISTA Coffeehouse!  Social media specialists will be on hand all three days to help you find out how you can use social media for your service.

8. Lead Your Own Workshop or Conversation

Do you want to share ideas about volunteer engagement? Do you want to connect with other VISTAs working in a particular issue area? Create your own workshop and use the VISTA Coffeehouse to bring people together for an impromptu learning session. We’ll even help you promote it!

9. Get a VISTA Tat!

Yep, that’s a VISTA temporary tattoo. And yes, you can have one too.

 

 

Calling all VISTAs! Tell your AmeriCorps Story

1 Apr

Friends, VISTAs, Americans, lend me your voices (tweets, YouTubes, blogs, etc).

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but certain recent events have called into question the future of Americorps. Now, as current federal employees we’re not allowed to formally “lobby” on either side of this issue, so I would never ask you to do that. However, speaking as a VISTA, I think one of the biggest problems of AmeriCorps as a whole is people simply do not know what it is, who we are, or what work we are doing in the community.

Even the AmeriCorps Pledge doesn’t help clarify things- “Getting things done” for Americorps doesn’t exactly spell it out.

So, here’s my simple proposal, fellow VISTAs: let’s write our own history. In the age of social media and such interconnectedness, there’s no reason for us to remain silent. At the very least we can tell OUR OWN stories, and maybe we can inspire others to take the less-trodden path and dedicate themselves to serving others. Maybe we can ensure that public service remains a priority in this country.

How can we do this? Simple: combine the many voices of VISTAs into one,  forming a Captain Planet of service that represents the work we do in our communities and shows how we combat poverty in our country. And just as each of the Planeteers brought their own Elements to the mix, this call  includes VISTAs from across the spectrum of service.

Luckily, this isn’t an effort we have to lead on our own, as AmeriCorps has issued such a call in a new effort they are calling “My AmeriCorps Story,” where they are asking all AmeriCorps members to post short video sin response to a new “chapter,” or question, every month. This effort will be kicking off in earnest during AmeriCorps Week next month, and you can find more details on their Facebook page

    How can you contribute? Simple. Put together a short video in response to their “chapter” of the month, the first of which is “I joined AmeriCorps Because _____________.” Now while this is a pretty broad question it’s a great opportunity to give insight into the different motivations that bring people to a year of service. Anyone interested in submitting a video should record it and post it to their Facebook page.

    I’m also interested in posting some of the best bits here on VISTA Pulse, so if you send in a story, send a link to me on Twitter @miketewing or via email at miketewing [at] gmail . com.  If you need some help, I’ve put together a Wiki as part of my service project that highlights some tips and tricks for producing quality videos. Finally, you can see my own response to this prompt in the video below. Feel free to leave any comments or links to your own works.

    Yours in service,

    -Mike

    How to Think Like a Social Innovator

    1 Feb 502255276_c29cf5aa70

    The latest VISTA Viewfinder is about social innovation. It’s a term you may have heard before but what does that word mean to you and your work?

    Who are Social Innovators?

    David Bornstein defines social innovators in How to Change the World as:

    “People who strive to solve social problems at the root-cause/system level…using innovative, sustainable, scalable, measurable approaches”

    Examples include Florence NightangaleGeoffrey Canada, my personal favorite: Kathryn Hall-Trujillo.

    What do they mean to me?

    When we talk about social innovators we often focus on the product. And while social innovators produce very cool programs they may not be applicable to your VISTA project.

    The real lesson of social innovators is not what they have created (though that’s what made them successful), it is how they think. Social innovation is really not a new way of doing, it’s a new approach to how we respond to the world’s most pressing problems. This new approach to thinking about and responding to community needs is something every VISTA can apply to their project.

    So how do social innovators differ from the rest of us?

    1) Ask Questions

    ‎”When I was young I used to volunteer in a soup kitchen and they thought I was wonderful. When I asked why there were soup kitchens, they thought I was a radical.”

    As Paul Wellstone points out in this quote, asking questions is a radical process. It is often the most difficult part of the job. Having the answers is easy Hans-Georg Gamer points out in Truth and Method. It’s in answering them that we really learn:

    “To someone who engages in dialogue only to prove himself right and not gain insight asking questions will indeed seem easier then answering them… Discourse that is intended to reveal something requires that the thing be broken open by the question”

    Social innovation is always driven by a question not an invention. Florence Nightingale journeyed to to ask why the soldiers there were dying without basic medical attention. Geoffrey Canada asked why students were failing in school. Kathryn Hall-Trujillo asked why the infant mortality rate was so low for African American mothers. None of them had a light bulb go off in their head at first, they just had an unanswered question keeping them up at night.

    VISTAs can shed new light on their project by not asking their service site what they do but asking them why they do it. As Dan Izzo, a Detroit entrepreneur points out:

    “If your business idea is the answer, my question to you is ‘what is the f#@%ing question?'”

    Don’t be content with the answers or the best practices. Start digging further into the issue you work with. Start asking questions.

    2) Don’t Be Afraid to Say It’ s Not Working

    Social innovators are defined by their willingness to say “this isn’t working!” While the nonprofit industry has become better at evaluating their programs, I find organizations rarely use these evaluations to change the way they do things. When I once asked a organization why they were evaluating their summer institute they responded that it was to “prove to their donors the effectiveness of their program.”

    We’ve all heard of Edison’s failures to produce the lightbulb. Invention requires trial and error and it requires you to admit you’ve made an error. As VISTAS, we all have to report on our efforts and show results but never be afraid to say there is room for improvement. Never be afraid to be honest and say “This isn’t working!”

    3) Focus on Impact

    …he asked himself a series of questions, and gradually his thinking took shape.

    Who did he want to help? He wanted to help poor children.

    What was his goal for them? He wanted them to be able to grow into fully functioning participants in mainstream American middle-class life.

    What did they need to accomplish that? They had to survive adolescence, graduate from high school, get into college, and graduate from college.

    And what did he have to provide in order to help them accomplish that?

    Well that is where the questions got interesting and difficult to answer”

    This description of Geoffrey Canada thought process in Paul Tough’s Whatever it Takes shows a key shift in thinking. Most people see a problem and tackle it by creating program but notice these questions are not “What program do I want to create?” or “Where will I get funding?” Each of these questions ask: “What is the impact I want to have?”

    Social innovators are not mission-driven they are impact-driven. Programs can change, priorities can shift, but social innovators need to see results. Before you set off to create a new program or work on an existing one ask yourself what impact you want to have and what you have to do to get that impact.

    Florence Nightengale knew she needed to show her impact so she teamed up with a leading statistician to produce (at her own expense) a statistical analysis of death and sickness in the army to show her techniques were working. Nightingale invented the pie chart to easily show her successes and framed those charts for her office so that the world could see the impact of her work.

    Social innovators create programs that have extraordinary impact because they focus on impact from start to finish. Impact isn’t just something that shows up in an evaluation, it something you plan for, invent for, and live for.

    Why should I think like a social innovator?

    Social innovation might be a popular term but social innovators are usually unpopular people at first. Asking questions, admitting error, relentlessly pursing impact can alienate supporters if not approached in the right way.

    Remember at it’s root social innovation is about solving problems. It isn’t about dismantling systems or telling people their wrong. Every VISTA joined because they saw problems in their country and they wanted to be part of the solution. Thinking like a social innovator can help you find the root causes of those problems and come up with radical and effective solutions.

    50+ Inspiring Service Quotes for VISTAs

    14 Dec

    Quotes can be a great way to motivate you when your VISTA days get rough. We asked VISTAs for their favorite quotes and compiled the list below. Here are 50 quotes to inspire your service:

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

    “The outrage of hunger amidst plenty will never be solved by “experts” somewhere. It will only be solved when people like you and me decide to act.”  ~ Frances Moore Lappe

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind, and those that mind, don’t matter.” ~ Dr. Seuss

    “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ~ William Shakespeare

    “The only place where democracy comes before work is the dictionary.” ~ Donald Kendall

    “One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitze

    “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr

    “It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than oppression
    and discrimination half a block from home.” ~ Carl T. Rowan

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

    ‎”The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others” ~ DeAnn Hollis

    “How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to change the world.” ~ Anne Frank

    “One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people.” ~ Dick Gregory

    “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.” ~ George Eliot

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill

    “Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.” ~ Albert Einstein

    “Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism. It’s my least favorite quality. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
    ~ Conan O’Brien

    “Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” ~ Chinese Proverb

    “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” ~Zora Neale Hurston

    “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to sleep in a room with a mosquito.” ~ Anita Roddick

    “They always say that things change with time. But actually you have to change things yourself.” ~ Andy Warhol

    “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

    “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but the one thing I know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

    “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~ Thomas Edison

    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

    “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” ~ Mark Twain

    “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” ~ Gloria Steinem

    “As you go through life, act in such a way as not to deprive others of happiness. Avoid giving sorrow to your fellow man, but to the contrary, see that you give him joy as often as you can.” ~ Sioux Proverb

    “Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” ~ Pablo Picasso

    “Volunteers aren’t paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” ~ Anonymous

    “Once a person steps into the circle of those who take responsibility for the happy operation of the community…the magic of community begins. ” ~ Dorothy Haddock

    “Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing.” ~ Quincy Jones

    “Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life. ” ~ Albert Einstein

    “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. And we have a choice: What sort of difference do we want to make?” ~ Jane Goodall

    “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” ~ George Shinn

    “What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

    “Talents are best nurtured in solitude; character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.” ~ Goethe

    “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” ~ Harvey Fierstein

    “The future belongs to those who can give the next generation reasons to hope.” ~ Pierre Teilhard DeChardin

    “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves,  some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” ~ Sam Ewig

    “When spider webs are woven together, they can tie up a lion.” ~ Ethiopian Proverb

    “A feeling of inadequacy is therefore nothing to worry about. It is the way you should feel if you are learning.” ~ John T. Gage

    “You should know that the education of the heart is very important. This will distinguish you from others. Educating oneself is easy, but educating ourselves to help other human beings to help the community is much more difficult.” ~ César E. Chávez

    “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s tougher to make a difference.” ~ Tom Brokaw

    “Circumstances determine our lives, but we shape our lives by what we make of our circumstances.” ~ Sir John Wheeler Bennet

    “Give light and people will find the way. ” ~ Ella J. Baker

    “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe

    “To make a difference is not a matter of accident, a matter of  casual occurrence of the tides. People choose to make a difference.” ~ Maya Angelou

    “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~ Anthony Robbins

    “I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.” ~ Voltaire

    ‎”When I was young I used to volunteer in a soup kitchen and they thought I was wonderful. When I asked why there were soup kitchens, they thought I was a radical.” ~ Senator Paul Wellstone

    “Cause and effect assumes history marches forward, but history is not an army. It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip of soft water wearing away stone, an earthquake breaking centuries of tension. Sometimes one person inspires a movement, or her words do decades later; sometimes a few passionate people change the world; sometimes they start a mass movement and millions do; sometimes those millions are stirred by the same outrage or the same ideal and change comes upon us like a change of weather. All that these transformations have in common is that they begin in the imagination, in hope. To hope is to gamble. It’s to bet on the future, on your desires, on the possibilities that an open heart and uncertainty is better than gloom and safety. To hope is dangerous, and yet it’s the opposite of fear, for to live is to risk.” ~ Rebecca Solnit

    What are your favorite quotes? Comment below with the quotes that inspire your year of service.

    Words of Wisdom from Vanessa Schaefer

    9 Dec 5169600458_03720741ac

    I was reading an interview with Vanessa Schaefer, a Greater Homewood Community Cooperation VISTA serving in Baltimore, MD about her year of service and I was struck by this response:

    Every VISTA has a lot of ups and downs during their year. What was the toughest thing you had to deal with, and what/who got you through it?
    The toughest thing I had to deal with was that early in my year, I was assaulted while in Washington, DC. Being in the midst of making new friends after having just moved alone across the country and started a new job, this added a whole other level of stress to the situation. What got me through it was making friends and pressing through the red tape to take advantage of the benefits AmeriCorps offers its members. Building a support system and utilizing the few resources you do have as a VISTA cannot be touted enough.
    I think Vanessa’s resilience is amazing and I agree, a support system is the most important thing we can have as VISTAs. Support systems help you find new resources in the community and across the country whether you need vet bills or simply a free hug when times are tough.
    And this might be one of the best pieces of advice anyone can give to a VISTA:
    If you could say one thing to people just starting their year of service, what would it be?
    Just go with it. It will probably be one of the strangest years of your life, and possibly one of the most difficult, but it’s definitely worth it and you’ll learn a lot. Keep your sense of humor and just go with it.

    21 Great MLK Day Resources

    7 Dec MLKDay-Logo-2011

    January 17, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Across the country thousands of Americans will honor his legacy of service by committing to make MLK Day a “day on not a day off.” To celebrate this day of service many organizations offer resources to help communities moblize and support volunteers. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a great time for VISTAs to engage people in the work and mission of their organization and in the process build a culture of service in your community.

    Here are 21 MLK Day resources to help you plan a amazing project:

    1. Register Your Project

    Make sure to register your MLK Day project. This page gives you information on how to go about doing that

    2.  E-Action Updates

    These updates contain resources on everything from creating a communications plan to fundraising.

    3. American Sunday Super Toolkit

    The Hands On Network is sponsoring a national campaign to host Sunday Supers across the country to talk about key community issues. This PDF gives you everything you need to host your own event.

    4. Become an E-Reporter

    E-Reporting for MLKDay.gov is a great way to get the photos, tweets, and blogs you post about your MLK Day experience out to a wider audience.

    5. MLK Day: Volunteering and Giving Back

    This Huffington Post article from last year’s MLK Day gives five great ideas on how to give back on MLK Day.

    6. Hands On MLK Day of Service Toolkit

    This is a great resource to help you develop and manage your volunteer project for MLK Day. It’s a great overall resource that walks you through MLK Day planning and implementation from start to finish.

    7. MLK Day Promotional Materials

    Order free materials like bookmarks, stickers, posters, and an DVD with inspirational MLK Day of Service videos.

    8. 2011 Semester of Service Toolkit

    The Semester of Service is a service-learning initiative that encourages schools and organizations to create projects that begin on MLK Day and continue until Global Youth Service Day in April. This is a great way to continue learning and serving beyond January 17.

    9. MLK Day Tips and Tools

    This is an extensive list of resources with everything from media interview tips to volunteer management

    10. Community Cinema Toolkit

    The MLK Day Community Cinema project uses documentary films to inspire service in the community and educate people about the critical issues our world faces. It’s a great project to do on MLK Day and this toolkit gives you everything you need to start a Community Cinema event in your community.

    11. Recommended Videos for the MLK Day of Service

    This is a great list of videos about MLK Day and service. The best part is that National Service members can rent any of these videos for no charge from the National Service Resource Center/

    12. MLK Day Service Learning Curriculum

    This is a great resource for teaching about MLK using service-learning. It also has a great collection of MLK quotes.

    13. Mobilization Webshops

    This is a list of upcoming and archived MLK Day webshops on topics ranging from Best Practices to Bringing MLK Day Projects to Scale.

    14. MLK Day Challenge Toolkit

    The MLK Challenge model sorts volunteers into groups, gives them a challenge, a small budget, and empowers them to use creativity solve the challenge and meet a vital community need. While this was intended for college students I think it is a cool model any organization could use.

    15. MLK Day Action Guides

    You can find ways to get involved in specific issues like Veteran’s Issues and Financial Literacy with these action guides.

    16. Create the Good How-To Guides

    These How-To Guides are great for individuals who want to plan their own service project on MLK Day

    17. Hands On Network Service Ideas

    The Hands On Network also provides a list of How-To guides with lots of service project ideas for individuals and organizations.

    18. Service Connection

    The Service Connection is a social network designed to help people collaborate and share resources on MLK Day.

    19. MLK Quotes

    Quotes are a great way to inspire people. Write them on sidewalks, stick them in bathroom stalls, use them in reflection, be creative with these words of wisdom.

    20. Volunteer Match MLK Day Site

    VolunteerMatch.org has a special site to list MLK Day Service opportunities. Opportunities posted there will also appear on AllforGood which is used by Serve.gov and MLK.gov to find and list MLK Day projects.

    21. MLK Day YouTube Videos

    These videos are sure to inspire you and your volunteers.

    This is by no means an extensive list. Comment and share you favorite MLK Day resources!

    Two MLK Day Webinars This Week

    1 Dec twentyfifth

    Let’s face it, January is an awful time to do service projects in most parts of the country. It is cold and bleak. There is nothing sexy about volunteering in January.

    Yet  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of the best days to do service. There are tons of resources, tons of encouragement, and your volunteers get to be part of a national community of service. This week there are two great webinars out there to help you get the most out of your MLK Day project.

    Today (Dec. 1) at 3pm: MLK Day 2011: Create Your Communication Plan.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day is such a great time to grab media attention for your organization and volunteers. Since this is the 25th anniversary of the first observance of this federal holiday a lot of local media will be paying attention to ways their community is celebrating this day of service. This webinar will get you prepared to reap the rewards of that attention and to create a plan to engage media around your MLK Day project.

    Read more in the latest MLK Day e-Action update.

    Friday (Dec. 3) at 3pm: MLK 2011 Signature Civic Dialogue Events – Supper and Cinema

    This year the Hands On Network is supporting the first annual Sunday Supper and Community Cinema. On January 16, 2011 thousands of individuals across the country will come together to share a Sunday Supper and discuss the most pressing issues in their community. Paired with that event is the Community Cinema which is a critical venue for social change that will bring people together to watch a film, reflect, and serve. Find out how you can bring these two great events to your community at the webinar on Friday.

    Read more in the Hands On Network’s MLK Day E-Newsletter

    Even if you can’t make these webinars make sure your organization is thinking of ways they can engage people to better their community on MLK Day. Bring some joy in the bleak, cold month of January.

    VISTA Gives Ladies in Poverty a Lift

    30 Nov Bra

    You may try to convince yourself that secretly telling people the color of your bra on Facebook is helping the world but this is a way better way to get the women in your life involved in making a difference. Sara Stout saw a problem and she thought of an innovative way to engage people to fix it.

    From the Billings Gazette:

    Certainly one of the most uplifting stories of generosity is the bra drive organized by Sara Stout, a Vista-AmeriCorps volunteer at The Hub, 515 N. 27th St. Recognizing that homeless women usually can’t afford proper lingerie, Stout started a campaign last month to collect bras for “ladies in poverty.”

    As of this week, 1,300 bras had been donated, mostly brand-new apparel. Additionally, two national businesses have pledged to donate a large number of new bras to The Hub, according to manager Joe Chalupa.

    The bra project drew great support from Montana State University College of Nursing students who helped publicize the effort and held health classes for homeless and seriously mentally ill women at The Hub. Some of the donated lingerie has already been distributed to women who use The Hub, more is in the Hub clothing closet and hundreds of bras will be donated to Project Homeless Connect, the annual Billings effort to reach homeless individuals throughout the community. Project Homeless Connect is set for Jan. 26 at the Shrine Auditorium.

    Let’s give thanks for all those who give selflessly and generously in our community in so many ways.

    Could ladies in poverty in your community use a lift? I don’t think the women in Billing, MT are the only ones who could use some VISTA power.
    Thanks for the article @Illumin8Poverty!

    Become a Blogger for VISTA Pulse

    30 Nov VISTA Pulse

    VISTA Pulse is a new site to capture all the exciting news and resources out there for VISTAs. Did you know there is a free social media webshop every month just for VISTAs? Did you know VISTAs helped write the 10 year plan  to end homelessness in Billings, MT? VISTA Pulse is a place to share and collect all of those successes.

    But VISTA Pulse can’t exist without your help. You have the pulse on what you and other VISTAs are doing in your community. You know what you need and can contribute. You’re the only one who can give us your unique perspective on what it means to be a VISTA.

    Blogging for VISTA Pulse can be a one time commitment or a year long journey. You choose the subject your passionate about or the story you want to tell. We just provide you with the space to share.

    Becoming a Blogger for VISTA Pulse is easy! Just send an email to Robyn Stegman at stegmanre@gmail.com and let her know your name, email, and short statement on why you want to be a VISTA Pulse Blogger.