Community Schools News

May 31, 2018

Community Schools News—May 2018

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

C.E. Rose K-8 School

  • Raised over $1,000 in financial and in-kind donations for Teacher Appreciation Week and the Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Desert View High School

  • Hosted a Community Resource Fair for families of graduating students prior to the commencement ceremony

K-12 Refugee Education Services

  • Held an end of the school year celebration for students

Note from AmeriCorps VISTA Member Dulce Arroyo, serving at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

“I would like to share how amazing of a season I had helping families with low and moderate incomes to file their taxes. We have helped 15,808 families this season, and now that the tax season is over our Enrollment Specialist Team has helped students with their applications for FAFSA. The FAFSA can further their education and provide for their families, while helping the students become productive individuals in their communities.

It has been an incredible opportunity to discover what it means to be a part of a volunteer team with AmeriCorps and be part of this great community! The great energy, excitement and hard work that everybody is willing to do to better this community of Tucson is absolutely amazing!

Thank you Arizona Serve for this wonderful opportunity that you gave me to serve with this fabulous team!”

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.”