Currently Serving AmeriCorps VISTA Members

These AmeriCorps VISTA Members are a valued part of our team:

Keondralayer Estell-Sasfrass, Reading Program Developer AmeriCorps Member, Red Door Urban Missions


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.

Tia Hyman, Marketing & Social Media AmeriCorps Member, Literacy Mid-South


I serve because I care. As simple and as cliché as that may sound, it’s the truth. I care about my city and more for the people living in it. From as early as I can remember, I have always enjoyed helping others. I’m guessing it’s something that’s simply threaded into my DNA. Whether for school or work, I have always placed myself in positions that allowed me the opportunity to impact the lives of those around me. Children and adults alike. I have seen the difference simple acts can make and I want to spend the rest of my making them. It’s basic math. Each one, teach one. Give to those so they may give to others. Every person has something special they can offer; some skill or experience from which someone else can benefit. I believe that every person’s true mission on this earth is to love and serve others the best way they can, and that’s what I plan to do. I just hope I can encourage and inspire others to do the same.

Papa, you saved me...

You taught me to read

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief