Currently Serving AmeriCorps*VISTAs

These AmeriCorps*VISTAs are a valued part of our team:

John Austin Tubbs, Data and Tech VISTA, Refugee Empowerment Program

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I chose to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA here in Memphis to give back to the community that raised me. With Literacy Mid-South, I am excited to serve their mission of increasing the literacy rate among children, the future of our society. So many amazing strides have been made to better our Mid-South community, and being a part of this excites me. I look forward to working to better my community.

Lois Charm, Curriculum Coordinator, Refugee Empowerment Program

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I chose to serve as a VISTA in my current position because I have the desire to help children thrive in their academics. Having volunteered as a tutor in the past, I didn’t feel as though my prior contributions were enough to my community and I wanted to make an even bigger impact in the lives of well-deserving kids in my community. I am serving as a Curriculum Coordinator, in partnership with Literacy Mid-South, where I am responsible for building a learning curriculum that will help support the reading accuracy and comprehension skills of the K-5th grade students I work with. I hope that as a result of my service, these students will be more confident in their abilities to thrive in school.

Keondralayer Estell, Reading Program Developer, Second Chance Connections

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I serve with the AmeriCorps program because I am on a mission to reach the youth. I will create a lasting impression on those who have come to know me as a person but most importantly as an educational leader. I want to reach the families and children in the community to show them that I believe in them and their future because they can be anything they dream of in this life as long as they apply themselves. When I look back on my VISTA  journey, I want to say my farewells knowing that I was invested in my craft enough to have done everything I could for the families and children I met along the way. If I were thinking about my future self later on in life, looking back on my life I want the families and children to remember me most as the educational leader that was dedicated, committed, patient, loving, trustworthy, responsible, respectful, fair, and caring.