April 30, 2018

Community Schools News—April 2018

How AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in the Community Schools program helped students through participating schools and programs.

Desert View High School

  • Painted murals in the hallways

Palo Verde High School

  • Held FAFSA Night (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Met with students to explain how grades are calculated and why they matter; also helped students identify goals for the school year
  • Completed a campus beautification project

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest

  • K-12 Refugee Education Services coordinated a panel discussion on Refugee Youth Well-Being and Trauma Informed Systems

Scholarships A-Z

  • At the 5th Annual Educators Conference, Change Requires Action, more than 70 educators received training on resources available to immigrant students

University of Arizona Early Academic Outreach

  • Arizona MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) held its annual statewide engineering competition for grades 6-12

Note from AmeriCorps NCCC Team Member Clara White, serving at Earth 9

“Earth 9 enjoyed serving with Arizona Serve. Working in eight different schools, two after-school programs, and four different VITA tax locations, the team felt integrated into the community. While working in the schools, Earth 9 completed 10 murals, brightening the schools and creating a lasting impact. The team also valued all the relationships created amongst the students. Additionally, the team enjoyed serving the clients at the VITA sites, talking to each client and learning about them. Doing taxes was instantly rewarding for the team because they were able to see the difference they were making through the conversations had and the amount of money being returned to each client. Working with Arizona Serve in Tucson for three months was an experience that was not only beneficial to the Tucson Community, but also Earth 9 with AmeriCorps NCCC.”