Maker Ed Expands Reach of AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership

New VISTA Members will impact thousands in high poverty communities throughout the United States By Rachel Goldman Alper, Director of Strategic Alliances The Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) will expand its AmeriCorps VISTA project from its California focus to include five underserved communities throughout the United States.  Ten new VISTA members and a VISTA leader […]

See SAM Grow: Saturdays at the Sanger SAM Academy

  by Janet Miller and Victoria Cortez SAM’s doors opened in late September and her VISTAs, Janet and Victoria, arrived on November 25, 2013. While walls were still being painted, the show went on for “OSOT,” one of the thousand or so acronyms the VISTAs are still learning but “out-of-school-time” is what SAM is all […]

Maker AmeriCorps VISTA at the Da Vinci Center in Stockton, CA: Connecting Community Through Making

Abigail Avila & Thomas Hornyak were sworn in to the VISTA program as part of the Maker Ed Initiative on Nov. 22nd in L.A. The next day they moved to their new community, Stockton, during Thanksgiving week and started work at the Da Vinci Center for Innovative Learning. Since the volunteers had no housing, they stayed […]

The Exploratory and Maker Guilds of Los Angeles

Co-authored by Max Nishimura  and Danielle Owens The Exploratory was a project that originated from summer camps. Jean, our founder and ‘chief tinkerer’, wanted to provide her son and his friends activities that would encourage creative and innovative thinking. As the popularity of her program grew, she began doing after-school programs at various schools, working […]