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Member Sites with MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTAs American University Carroll Community College Chesapeake College Greater Baltimore Urban League Hood College Johns Hopkins University Loyola University Maryland Maryland Institute College of Art McDaniel College Morgan State University Notre Dame Maryland University Prince George’s Community College Stevenson University Towson University University of Baltimore University of Maryland, Baltimore University of Maryland Baltimore County University of Maryland, College Park Washington Adventist University Maryland-DC Campus Compact MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA Report 2012-2013

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2012-2013 Member Sites with Maryland-DC | AmeriCorps VISTAs

1. American University

11.Notre Dame of Maryland University

2. Carroll Community College

12.Prince George Community College

3. Chesapeake College

13.Stevenson University

4. Greater Baltimore Urban League

14.Towson University

5. Hood College

15.University of Baltimore

6. Johns Hopkins University

16.University of Maryland, Founding Campus

7. Loyola University Maryland

17.University of Maryland, Baltimore County

8. Maryland Institute College of Art

18.University of Maryland, College Park

9. McDaniel College

19.Washington Adventist University

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Andalisa Lopez American University Why I Serve: Doing a service year with AmeriCorps was a natural extension of the community engagement work I did throughout college. I serve because it energizes me, and I enjoy engaging with the community wherever I am. My year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington DC has given me the opportunity to get to know a new community and explore the world of higher education.

Project Abstract: Throughout my year of service I helped to organize and coordinate monthly meetings among the DC Reads Committee members, an umbrella collaborative of DC Reads programs at area universities. These consistent meetings help us to share best practices and resources among each other to better serve the community.

“All the tutors greatly impacted the kids...we were able to fulfill our mission and bring kids up to grade level.” - Community Partner

I also helped organize and implement Kids on Campus Day, our end of the year celebration. American University hosted about 200 children for an evening of literacy activities and college access programs. Each child walked away from American University with a brand new book to read at home.

Higher Achievement at Kids on Campus Day, 2013

Impact:

Team Leader, Liam tutoring at Life Pieces to Masterpieces

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More than 250 children served

170 student volunteers recruited

9 community partners throughout DC

Value of volunteer hours: $407,959

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Kim McShane Carroll Community College Why I serve: I serve as a MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA as a way to give back to the community that has blessed me with so much opportunity. Also, AmeriCorps VISTA is a great way for me to gain experience for my future career path.

Project Abstract: Throughout my service, I have effectively generated an overwhelming amount of support for the Carroll Food Locker Program which aided in the tremendous success of the program. During my tenure, I coordinated several workshops for our Food Locker participants with topics such as financial literacy, financial aid and access to services. Also, I have organized numerous food drives such as the 4 week long March Madness Food Drive Competition which yielded over 6,000 donated items.

“Although I may not be in this situation myself, I do know what it’s like to need help and it’s comforting to know that there is help out there.” - Donor -4-

“This program is very helpful for my family. I work a second job in order to buy groceries since our retirement income and my salary at the college is not enough to do so. By allowing me to get the basic staples and canned goods I can stretch my grocery budget and get the needed items and meat and not cut or take from other incomes. It’s been stressful, but the Carroll Food Locker has been a blessing.” - CFLP Participant Impact: During the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters:  Supplied 578 bags of groceries ($25 each)  Distributed 407 meal vouchers ($5 each)  Aided in $16,485 in food assistance  Provided food for over 150 individuals  Collected 9,755lbs of food  Coordinated 4 workshops Maryland-DC |


Sara Jones Chesapeake College Why I serve: I chose to serve with AmeriCorps to gain a broader perspective of the world around me and to help my local community. Because of this year: Because of this year I will have a great foundation to start my career on in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. I now have experience with issues I may face in the future in my field of study and with coordinating and establishing programs that give back to the community.

“Taking action in my own community allowed me to have a deeper understanding of what we were reading in class.” - Marco Garcia, Student Volunteer

Project Abstract: Through my service I got students, faculty, staff, and community members involved in the five counties Chesapeake College serves. I recruited many volunteers for the Community Outreach Group, worked closely with the college’s community partners, especially Habitat for Humanity Choptank, and helped faculty members incorporate service-learning projects into their curriculum.

Leadership Academy students working with Habitat for Humanity, Choptank

Impact: 

Total number of Hours of Service: 129.5

Dollar Value of Total Volunteer Hours: $2,870

Volunteers at Giving Grace Food Pantry

Number of Participants: 107

“One hand can be powerful, but many hands can create change.” - Margaret McConnell, Student Volunteer

Number of Classes with Service-Learning Projects: 5

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Ashley Lowe Greater Baltimore Urban League Coppin State University Why I serve: Ashley serves because she understands that everyone needs someone. Ashley is passionate about working with the young people in the community. She also understands that inner city communities lack positive role models for our youth to look up to. This program has allowed her to become a positive role model in the inner-city community and lead young people in the direction of finding their purpose and being successful. Because of this year: I will be equipped with the necessary skills needed to assist me in starting a nonprofit organization working with at-risk youth. This experience has also allowed me to build a network of individuals that are willing to help me accomplish my goals. Project Abstract: Through my service, I have been able to create training manuals, establish relationships with community partners to enhance the experience of our mentors and mentees, facilitate workshops, and evaluate data. The goal is to ensure that all students have access to college and that they successfully complete college within four years.

“The FMI program has impacted my college experience by providing me with mentors to FMI End of Year Celebration look up to and mentees to advocate for. My Impact: freshman year I was a mentee in the program and  Mentors-25, Mentees-49 my mentor helped me get adjusted to college  FMI students GPA in Spring 2.6, CSU Overall by introducing me to faculty, resources on campus, GPA in Spring 1.76  82% of FMI students equaled or surpassed the and helping me when needed.” - Imhotep Simba  

FMI Mentors and Mentees received financial literacy information

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CSU minimum GPA 50 Coppin Academy Students attended FMI Informational Sessions Percent with 3rd quarter math grade of B or 5 point gain  NSBE: 71% (math grade of A or 5 point gain)  EYES OPEN: 80%  Entire Grade 6: 67% Percent with 94% School Attendance or Better  NSBE: 86%  EYES OPEN: 93%  Entire Grade 6: 90% Maryland-DC |


Celeste Knight Greater Baltimore Urban League Why I serve : Anything that’s of service to my community is first.

Project Abstract: My goal as the MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA with the Greater Baltimore Urban League is to develop the capacity of the GBUL Baltimore Partnership for College Access and Success to serve as the “backbone support organization” for the cross-sector broad network of public and private institutions in Baltimore interested in college readiness and completion. As backbone support organization, the GBUL Baltimore Partnership oversees capacity-building efforts of the network to achieve collective impact on reducing educational disparities by facilitating continuous communication between network members to build trust and cohesion.

National Urban League 2013 Annual Conference Philadelphia, PA

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A total of 100 participants (grades 8-11) will be engaged in leadership development seminars hosted monthly at nine Baltimore colleges.

Five organizations including the Baltimore City Public Schools taking the role of a co-leader, have been brought together to create the mission and role of the GBUL Baltimore Partnership for College Access and Success

The GBUL MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA has reorganized the Saturday Leadership Program, an out-of-school leadership development program, made possible by the in-kind contributions of dozens of partners. Nine colleges will rotate the hosting of monthly leadership development seminars and include a campus tour.

Orchard Street Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland Home of the Greater Baltimore Urban League -7-

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Jared Boze Greater Baltimore Urban League Why I serve: Life is about everyone else. Because of this year: I have acquired professional experience doing specialized work that I would not have gotten anywhere else.

Project Abstract: Through my research and writing, GBUL’s funding base has been broadened to include several in-process grants and a growing list of prospective funders for our EYES OPEN and Saturday Leadership programs. In my two months here, I have drafted or edited three grants and numerous other documents including quarterly reports, presentation handouts, recruitment material, and letters of inquiry and support. EYES OPEN embedded mentoring at work

Impact: 

14 low-achieving students participated in EYES OPEN embedded mentoring and 14 in NSBE Jr.

93% of EYES OPEN students met our benchmark of 94% school attendance or higher by the 3rd quarter (entire grade: 90%)

80% of EYES OPEN students attained at least a B or achieved a 5-point gain in their 3rd quarter math grades (entire grade: 67%)

“I like NSBE because I love building. I love being the one that can be me—a creative thinker.” - Lewis L. (His very first 100%) -8-

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Monique Sledd Hood College Why I serve: I choose to serve because I strive to make a difference in the world, even if that means helping one person at a time to achieve that goal. Life after VISTA: Because of my service as a MDCCC-VISTA over the past two years, I was able to get into a Master’s Program in Forensic Psychology at the University of Denver.

Project Abstract: Through my service, I successfully created Hood’s VISTA Program that has allowed students, staff, and faculty members to serve in a number of programs at the Frederick Community Action Agency. I have raised awareness of poverty, homelessness, and hunger issues on campus through programs such as the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week event series, the Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau panel discussion, and AmeriCorps information sessions. Through capacity building, amazing mentorship and networking, I have established a strong bond and partnership between some Frederick community non-profit agencies and Hood College.

“Thank you for all of your support. I enjoyed working with VISTA and greatly appreciate the opportunity you have given me. This experience has helped me take my first steps into the social work field and be able to get a feel for the type of work I will be dealing with.” - Nahshima Edwards ‘16

Hood College students volunteer in FCAA's soup kitchen.

Impact:  160 participants  698.5 volunteer hours served  Dollar value of cash resources developed by MDCCC-VISTA member: $334.45  Dollar value of non-cash resources developed by MDCCC-VISTA member: $24,004.28  Number of low-income youth participating in access-oriented programs: 8  90% of open volunteer opportunities, identified as per the developed job descriptions, have been filled

The Frederick Community Action Agency located in downtown Frederick.

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Leanne Demery Johns Hopkins University Why I serve: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Life after VISTA: I joined the Peace Corps. I will be better prepared to live in Burkina Faso as a community health volunteer.

“I truly appreciate the work you are putting into this program. This is BY FAR the best and most organized program we've had come into the school from Hopkins.” - Waverly 6th grade teacher

Project Abstract: Through my service, I successfully created the Food as Medicine program which educates 6th graders at Waverly Elementary/ Middle school about nutrition and fitness. Undergraduates have the opportunity to create lesson plans in accordance with the Maryland Core Curriculum for weekly in-class and after school workshops. Because of our workshops, students believed they had a better understanding of how to make healthy choices. As a whole the class decreased consumption of chips, candy and soda every day. Plus the class had opportunities to engage in service-learning through peer education at the health fair and by advocating for a salad bar which the school will have next year.

Students teaching students about proper hand washing.

Impact:  89% of students feel that they can make healthier life choices because of our workshops  There was a 12% decrease in students who ate fast food multiple times a week  Students who drank soda every day decreased 8%  Students who ate candy and chips every day decreased 17% Students and volunteers work together to answer questions on carbohydrates. - 10 -

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Marie McSweeney Loyola University Maryland Why I serve: I serve because I think everyone should have equal access to opportunities that help end the cycle of poverty. Life after VISTA: I accepted a position as a Program Coordinator for the York Road Initiative at Loyola University.

Project Abstract: This year I have fulfilled many roles. I was a Volunteer Coordinator for students and community members. I was the Manager for the Govanstowne Farmers’ Market that attracts 350 people weekly. I helped to support business and neighborhood associations through communication and logistical support.

Students Priming the Dewees Rec Center

Loyola Rugby working in the Govans Urban Forest

“As you may already realize the commitment of residents to their neighborhood is directly reflected in the appearance of the neighborhood. Thank you for making our neighborhood a lot more beautiful.“ - 11 -

Impact:  Generated $82,711 in non-cash resources to support the York Road corridor and surrounding communities  Recruited, trained, and coordinated over 300 student and community volunteers who served 3,438 hours  Planned, recruited and coordinated vendors, market, and implement the 2013 season of the weekly Govanstowne Farmers’ Market which brings 350 people on average to the area and generates on average $2,000 per week.

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Jennifer McKenzie Maryland Institute College of Art Why I serve: I believe every student should have the opportunity to make and study art. I have personally experienced the way studying art can improve a student’s critical thinking skills, creativity, self-confidence and self-awareness. I believe art can be a powerful motivator in students’ lives that will push them to visualize their future plans, and engage them, not only in their own education and careers, but also in their connections to the

Because of this year: My experience as a MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA led to my receiving an assistant instructor position and a full scholarship to a PhD program at my top choice school, Indiana University! Project Abstract: Through my service, I have established relationships with Baltimore City high schools to develop educational and service opportunities for their students on the MICA campus. These relationships have taken the form of three after-school college access art clubs, led by MICA students and hosted both on MICA’s campus and on the campus of a city high school partner. These clubs focus on portfolio building, college application, discussion and critique, and creative problem solving, as well as building specific fine arts and design skills. These clubs introduce students to a college campus and the possibility of a collegiate education and integrate community engagement into the arts education experience.

Art Club Inner Harbor Trip 2013

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CAPFest 2012 Arts Band

“My students are motivated and excited about every class they go to… These classes also give the girls who aren’t taking art classes, because of limited resources at our school, the chance to take a pre-college level art course.” - Jennifer Becker, teacher at Western High School - 12 -

The college access art clubs include students from 5 different city high schools An estimated 53% percent of attending students were on free or reduced lunches Attending students were 30% more likely to indicate an interest in continuing their education after attending the college access art club in the Fall 85% of students say they are better prepared to continue their education because of what they have learned in the art clubs Maryland-DC |


Samantha Lopez McDaniel College Why I Serve: I serve because sometimes it feels as if no one else will. If I think programs for low-income youth are important I need to be the one to step up to that challenge and not wait around for change. Because of this year: My time as a MDCCC VISTA helped me realize that I enjoy chances to be creative at work. It has given me a chance to develop my portfolio.

Project Abstract: I created a Semester of Service program for the students involved with Higher Learning, Inc. low-income students engaged in several service projects in the Westminster community and beyond. Accompanied by college mentors from McDaniel College, we were able to expand the program from service learning to a mentoring opportunity. Middle school, High school, and college students worked side by side as we learned first hand of the importance of service learning and civic engagement to a students education. The college students were a great impact and resource for our Higher Learning youth. This was also an eye opening experience for many McDaniel students for whom it was their first interaction with people who live at or below the poverty line. Both groups of students walked away with a better understanding of each other and how education is a life long pursuit that goes beyond the classroom.

Students packing boxes at the fair trade SERRV warehouse.

Impact: 

21 Low Income Youth Served

61 McDaniel Mentors/Volunteers

479 Community Service Hours

Value of Volunteer Hours: $10,437.41

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Carolyn E. Ingram Morgan State University Why I serve: I choose to serve because I was taught the value of civic engagement in fostering both a healthy family and community at an early age. As an adult, I built upon this knowledge as a public servant in both federal and state government as well as in my undergraduate study of political science and public policy. Because of this year: My service has fueled my passion for higher education policy, particularly college access and academic success. It has allowed me the opportunity to give back to my community while also gaining the experience I need to advance my professional career. Project Abstract: Through my service, I successfully built upon the capacity and sustainability of a student retention program aimed at increasing students’ financial literacy. More than 50% of the undergraduate students at Morgan State University come from families with a low socioeconomic background. Absent of intervention, these students typically face lower rates of retention and persistence toward graduation. The goal of the financial literacy program at Morgan State University is to not only reverse the cycle of poverty by enhancing the financial literacy of these students and their families, but also to increase their retention and graduation rates, and prepare students for life after graduation. This year we forged positive relationships with partners in the financial community that allowed us to strengthen and expand our financial education program, which included a Financial Literacy Symposium and workshops on topics ranging from budgeting to using credit responsibly. Impact:      

After attending the 2012 Financial Literacy Symposium, students wrote, “I will think… [smarter about how] I spend my money and set more of a budget for myself;” “I am not going to buy things [based on] how advertisements make me feel, or to impress people;” and “I'm going to save as much money as I can to give back to my community.”

Volunteer hours saved the program an average of $1,114 per month in labor Recruited, hired and trained 16 volunteer peer ambassadors to assist in the workshops series Hosted annual Financial Literacy Symposium, sponsored by PNC Bank, featuring Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Engaged approximately 150 students per month in financial education workshops 98% of the students who attended foundational workshop on saving and general money management reported an favorable rating Featured as a model financial literacy program for HBCUs in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Maryland-DC | - 14 -


Erica Sickelbaugh Notre Dame of Maryland University Why I serve: Since high school, I knew that I wanted to serve in AmeriCorps because of the focus on serving those that need it the most. I have always loved volunteering and giving back to the community because as much as you think you are giving to someone, you are gaining so much more in return. Because of this year: I have gained valuable knowledge and real world experience about conducting public health initiatives that has aided in my job prospects and will enhance my future career as a public health professional.

Project Abstract: Through my service, I have developed and implemented comprehensive plans and strategies to improve the overall health and wellness of university students, middle school girls at Sisters Academy of Baltimore, and students in the Food for Thought After-School Program. Through my position as Community Wellness Liaison, I have conducted several outreach projects and activities including two health fairs, classroom workshops on teen and college student topics, and designed bi-weekly wellness newsletters for parents. I have analyzed and evaluated the effectiveness of these programs through surveys and quantitative tools. I have also had the opportunity to lead NDMU and Sisters Academy student groups to volunteer at various community outreach locations throughout Baltimore.

Eighth grade Sisters Academy of Baltimore students stand proudly next to pea plants they assisted stacking at Samaritan Women house and farm. - 15 -

Dental hygiene students from the University of Maryland instruct Sisters Academy sixth graders on ways to properly floss their teeth.

Impact: 

553 Service Hours performed by student volunteers at 10 community locations

$12,130.61 dollar value of volunteer hours

Over 70 students and families served at Sisters Academy of Baltimore and Food for Thought After School Program through health projects

25 community partnerships formed through health fairs and other health-related outreach projects

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Victoria Saunders Prince George's Community College Why I serve: I choose to serve because I want to make an impact on someone’s life that will help them grow and develop into something great. I believe that service is to selflessly give of yourself without expecting anything in return.

Project Abstract: This year through my service, many projects were accomplished. The most significant of those was the launching of the Prince George’s CASH Campaign. The CASH Campaign is a coalition that aims to assist low to moderate income families in the areas of Banking and Saving, Financial Literacy, and Free Income Tax Assistance (VITA Program). Many different non-profit organizations from the metropolitan area are partners with us. Volunteer Tax Preparers working with local taxpayers

A student came by the PGCC VITA site to have an amended tax return done, and the preparer helped her learn that the tuition credit hadn’t been included. She was surprised and extremely grateful to receive a much needed $2,500. She expressed that her family was having financial problems and that it came at just the right time. Impact:    

Unveiling of the Prince George’s CASH Campaign (Betty Habershon, Director and Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland) - 16 -

Number of Community Volunteers: 185 Number of Hours of Service: 4,370 Number of Taxpayers Assisted: 951 Amount of Federal and State Refunds: $1,320,204

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Hope Marshall Stevenson University Why I serve: I hold a genuine belief that we are stewards of the earth, and therefore, are here to serve. Because of this year: I’ve had hands-on experience in career counseling, event planning and vocational support. It was also instrumental in my being accepted into an adult education graduate program at Coppin State University.

Project Abstract: Through my service, I have successfully established partnerships with 3 community agencies that provide vocational support services to veterans: Project PLASE (People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment), MCVET (Maryland Center for Veteran Education and Training) and GHCC (Greater Homewood Community Corporation). A core of student veterans has been recruited, and a Veterans club will be established by fall 2013.

“Thank you Ms. Hope for your time and effort to help me look at myself differently.” - Female Veteran

Veteran Club Recruitment Flier - November 2012

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Total number of veterans served: 141 Total number of volunteer hours of service: 179 Number of community volunteers serving: 80

Veterans Career Fair and Resource Expo, - May 2013

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Mesha Byrd Towson University Why I serve: During my undergraduate career I found my passion for service by leading and participating in different service opportunities including leading three Alternative break trips. Additionally, I served as a Community Liaison for the Performance learning Program at Statesboro High School where I recruited Georgia Southern students to serve as tutors and mentors for students in the Performance Learning Program. These past experiences made this year of service a natural fit for me. Because of this year: I have been able to use my service and experience to get a full-time position at Towson University in the office I served in.

Project Abstract: In 2012, Towson University’s Office of Civic Engagement hosted its second MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA for Cherry Hill Projects. The VISTA member worked to develop and implement programs that address the education and health needs of youth in Cherry Hill. In addition, the VISTA member helped recruit TU students to serve as volunteers for these and other programs.

Higher Achievement Baltimore’s annual Spirit Day

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 Cherry Hill Garden Group

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The VISTA partnered with Higher Achievement, a nonprofit after-school program, to develop the Young Gardeners Program. The YGP provided weekly workshops on gardening and nutrition for 15 middle schools students. The VISTA won a $1,000 grant to support this project. The VISTA organized a winter clothing and toy drive for children and families in Cherry Hill. The VISTA collected clothing and toys worth over $1,200. The VISTA organized a trip to Towson for 44 middle school students and teachers. Participants spent the day learning about college admissions and college life from TU students and athletes. The VISTA recruited 72 Towson University students to volunteer for projects and programs in Cherry Hill. Maryland-DC |


Erica Symonds University of Baltimore Why I serve: I serve because I want to make a difference in the lives of people who are working to come out of poverty by giving them the tools they need to be successful. Service is important to me because I believe that giving back to the community is a key part of civic engagement. Because of this year: My service as a MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA has provided me with an in-depth view of the needs of Baltimore City residents who are living in poverty. As a result, I have a broader world view and am pursuing a career that will support those in need by addressing basic human rights issues. Project Abstract: As the third of three MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTAs working on the Money Matters financial literacy program through the University of Baltimore, it has been very exciting to see the progress achieved through the course of the project. The program focuses on providing relevant information about personal finance, savings plans, and credit to individuals working to transition out of homelessness. This year, I focused on expanding the reach of the Money Matters program and determining the best way to make the program sustainable. I increased the number of workshops per semester by partnering with two new organizations in addition to continuing with community partners from the previous year. I am ensuring that Money Matters will become a sustainable program through Project PLASE (People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment), a community partner that offers temporary housing and other important services to help people transition out of poverty. The financial education workshop complements the existing services available to their clients.

“The Money Matters workshop run through the University of Baltimore is one of the most successful workshops offered at Project PLASE.” - Olivia Straub, Volunteer Coordinator at Project PLASE Impact:     

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10 Money Matters workshops 200 participants impacted 12 volunteers 42 hours of service $929.88 value of total volunteer hours

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Alexis McClellan University of Maryland, Baltimore Why I serve: I’ve always agreed with the statement that “if you aren’t apart of the solution, you’re a part of the problem.” I serve because I don’t want to look at all the problems in the world and say there is no easy solution; I rather say we’ll find one.

Project Abstract: This year I was able to create or assist in the implementation of three health promotion events at Lexington Market. These events allowed patrons of the market to have a variety of health promotion experiences. Services that were provided were: free health screenings for Amerigroup clients, Zumba classes, a healthy eating cooking demonstration, a healthy food choice class for students at a local elementary school and an educational session on the Affordable Care Act. Within the University of Maryland of Baltimore I’ve assisted in the implementation of World AIDS Day awareness events and facilitated two poverty awareness events for students, faculty and staff. I have also assisted with the implementation of the CASE Supplemental Sex Education class at The Seed School of Maryland.

Volunteer Tony Green assist in measuring a client’s height during a service event with Amerigroup at Lexington Market. - 20 -

Volunteers at Lexington’s Market’s Affordable Care Act Education initiative talk with patrons about how the Affordable Care Act will affect them

Impact: 

Recruited 136 volunteers throughout the 2012-2013 year

Volunteers completed over 305 hours of voluntary service

Volunteers produced over $6,600 in value of volunteer hours

Services provided have estimated 243 participants

Out of the 243 participants, 136 of the participants received services through the Lexington Market: A Holistic Approach project

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Faiza Haq University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Why I serve: I serve because I care for the community around me and want to see it grow. Every community has its own unique traits and has the potential to be better in some capacity. Serving gives me the opportunity to connect with what is around me, assess the needs of the area, and obtain resources to improve it.

Project Abstract: Through my service as the MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA at UMBC, I successfully coordinated and implemented an after-school tutoring program at a local middle school, Arbutus Middle School (AMS). This program was designed to target students who had been identified by teachers as “at-risk” and in need of extra one-on-one tutoring. The program was held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4pm and impacted about 50 AMS students in total.

MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA and AMS student discussing math problems

“As a result of their work, our students have developed deeper connections to school and have improved their comprehension of concepts covered with their tutors.”

I also organized several service projects at a variety of local non-profit organizations, which exposed a myriad of UMBC students to each other, and to service.

- Johnna Alexander, Assistant Principal, AMS Impact:    

50 AMS students impacted 117 UMBC volunteers 915 total hours served Dollar value of volunteer hours: $20,258.10

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Shane Bryan University of Maryland, College Park Why I serve: While working with at-risk youth at a local community center, I realized that my passion was to provide outlets for youth to be able to succeed. As an undergraduate, I became involved with Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning (AWOL), holding various roles within the organization, from participant to Board President, and realized the importance of handson service-learning and local community engagement. Ultimately, I decided to serve as a MDCCC AmeriCrops VISTA because I wanted to join the National Service movement and engage young people to become active citizens in their own communities.

Project Abstract: As the MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA at the University of Maryland, College Park, I continued to build the Northwestern Connections network, and create a manual to be used by others to lead this group. I also continued to connect resources from UMD with needs identified by Northwestern High School. I built a website about the partnership between NHS and the University that is hosted on both the UMD and NHS web pages, so it can be accessed by both communities. Day of Service

Northwestern High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Kassie Edwards Washington Adventist University Why I serve: I serve because I cannot sit by and do nothing while I am able and qualified to help. I also would like to be a positive role model for young black women and show that the face volunteers are also people of color. Because of this year: I was able to continue my education and enroll into Graduate School to earn my Masters of Public Policy & Administration while simultaneously serving for a second term as a VISTA. I hope to work for a Non-Profit like the Smithsonian.

Project Abstract: Through my service, I successfully developed and sustained the First Generation Ambassadors program. This program helps First Generation students succeed in college through mentoring, service-learning and college success workshops. During the year I produced an after school Tutoring and mentoring Program at Takoma Academy that served over 30 high school students. Once a month I facilitated college success workshops on topics such as Financial Aid, Study Skills and graduate school options that benefited both WAU and TA Students. Each month I recruited students to serve their community by volunteering in service projects such as beautifying the MLK Monument, animal shelter clean up and distributing Thanksgiving baskets to over 1000 families in need.

During the MLK Community Service Day Jan. 2013 - WAU Students, Vinessa Gordon and Selica Gordon help VISTA, Kassie Edwards spread mulch around the MLK Monument.

“Thomas has gone from ‘thinking about college’ to making definitive plans about college.” - C. Bailey, Mother of TA Student Impact:        

Michelle Etienne tutors HS student while WAU Tutors, Rebecca Raposo and Vinessa Gordon look on. - 23 -

Students served over 500 hours Coordinated 6 Workshops Created after school tutoring program Dollar value of total volunteer hours $9575 60 Participants 77% of students found workshops helpful 92% of students said workshops were effective 82% of students reported the program as being helpful Maryland-DC |


Nick Mueldener Maryland-DC Campus Compact VISTA Leader Why I serve: Audre Lorde once said, "we are always standing at the edge of each other's battles." I serve because just as I am a part of this country, a part of the community I live in, I stand at the edge of the struggles those around me are facing. Even if I am not directly affected, through my service as an AmeriCorps VISTA I fight to bring an end to the struggles of poverty and inequality this country faces.

Project Abstract: As the MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA Leader I support the 21 MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA members as they strive to increase the capacity of communities and community members to address both current economic, social, emotional, and holistic needs of people living in poverty and simultaneously address the root causes that limit people's and communities well-being and mobility. I accomplish this by acting as a liaison between each individual MDCCC-VISTA member and our umbrella organization, Maryland-DC Campus Compact. I provide the support, tools, education, and other resources that enabled our 21 MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA members to serve their communities at the highest possible level.

10th Annual Friends of National Service Awards Reception

Impact: 

Assist in the management and support of the 22 MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTAs serving at colleges and universities across Maryland and DC Complete creation of Maryland-DC Campus Compact website (mdccc.org), office email system, cloud-based file access and storage, multi-machine hardware purchase and set up, and obtained over $3000 worth of donated software Collaborated in the creation of Day at CNCS event for East Coast AmeriCorps VISTAs to convene at the CNCS Headquarters Served as a representative of Maryland-DC Campus Compact at the White House, State Office, and National Volunteer Awards

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2012-2013 Maryland-DC AmeriCorps VISTA Report

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MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA Highlights

Stories 

Johns Hopkins University: from a 6th grade teacher: “...the kids LOVED last Friday they couldn't wait to tell their parents about the ending activity which showed digestion and waste :) I truly appreciate the work you are putting into this program. This is BY FAR the best and most organized program we've had come into the school from Hopkins. So thank you!

University of Maryland, College Park: the Northwestern High School Partnership celebrated the newly created collaborative through a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Carroll Community College: held a food drive competition among departments for most pounds of food. A total of over 2,000 lbs. of food was donated.

Maryland Institute College of Art: two new after school art

American University DC Reads: “asked [students] questions such as: ‘How would you describe your tutor in one word?’ Many of the kids thought the tutors did help them a lot in school, and they were all looking forward to [continue] working with their tutor.” University of Baltimore: “The Money Matters Workshop is one of the most successful workshops offered at Project

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2012-2013 MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA Impact  

An overview of the 2012-2013 MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA projects, the VISTAs that served with those projects, and the impact that was made as a...

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