Latest from VISTA

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

At our annual conference, we all agreed upon a set a values to guide our service. Building bridges resonated with everyone and this month, we reflected on how we have built bridges in service. Below are some of the unique ways we've built bridges together. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Today Amanda, our VISTA member in Santa Barbara, California shares how partnerships changed the life of a client.

For many who have never talked to a person experiencing homelessness, “the homeless” are living a lifestyle choice, content to live in squalor and depend on the kindness of non-profits and strangers, but the reality is far from it.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Joining AmeriCorps means taking on a variety of unforseen challenges during your year of service. You commit a year of your life to serve in underprivileged and marginalized communities, educate yourself on communal issues, and work to provide sustainable solutions. As an AmeriCorps member, you have to learn how to adapt to those challenges and #GetThingsDone for your project. When our D.C.

Monday, January 28, 2019

VISTA members come from all walks of life, and bring with them a variety of experiences that have helped shape their passion for service. Our VISTAs experiences have served to both strengthen their resolve for justice and have proved invaluable to the Defending Communities in Service program. Join us as we explore how our members turned life lessons into action as they dedicate themselves to a year of service.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Thank you all so much for being a part of Defending Communities in Service this year. We've had such an incredible first year and we couldn't have done it with out each of you. Over the course of the last twelve months we've launched our project, doubled in size, served for more than 11,000 hours in communtiies across the country, and learned so much. As we move into 2019 we can't wait to continue this journey and to bring you along with us.

Best wishes for the new year,

Emily, Kameryn, and Anna



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I met my friend Cece at the very beginning of our AmeriCorps journey. We attended pre-service orientation in Philly together, and I was immediately struck by her vibrant style and laid back personality. After some conversation, we realized we had many  hared experiences (and live pretty close to each other in New Jersey!). As she took some time to catch up with me recently, I was deeply impressed with the wealth of knowledge she shared about persistence and being true to one's self.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Carly, our VISTA member in Guam, recently sat down for an interview with Deondra, our VISTA member in Oklahoma. Read on to learn more about serving in Guam.

Deondra: When you are not working what do you do for fun while in Guam?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

This month, we asked all of the VISTA members to interview one another to help us all to get to know one another a little better. Below, Amanda interviewed Tanisha uncovering her ambitious career goals and shedding light on what the future of justice reform might hold. 

What is your field of study for your Masters program?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Check us out! In their October 2018 white paper on Texas Mental Health Defender Programs the Texas Indigent Defense Commission featured one of our pilot year sites and our VISTA, Yamilex Peña, who is serving with them!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

It is Monday morning. I wake up, miss breakfast, wait in traffic, and turn a 25-minute drive into a 40-minute drive. Sitting in the parking for 10 minutes, I enjoy the moments of peace and solitude.  I enter the courthouse and begin my workday. It’s 8:20 am. The first 5 minutes is me finishing the breakfast I missed. Throughout my morning, I check my email for updates from my supervisors. I first edit any materials I created the days before. I will go down my to-do list and check what materials I still need to create, work on, or get approved. My phone will beep.