Welcome our newest Maker VISTA cohort – Jessica Baggs, Lex Kennedy, Kelsey Leach, David Perlis and Chloe Umble, and learn a little more about them here.
Our third cohort of AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) members recently began their second month of service. New Members joined at The Exploratory: Maker Guilds (Los Angeles, CA), Lighthouse Community Charter School (Oakland, CA) and Maker Education Initiative (Oakland, CA). They will spend 365 days in maker-centered, capacity-building initiatives which address poverty through maker education with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, math, and arts. Maker VISTA Program Manager, Tiffany Thompson emphasizes that “Making infused into a community has the potential to impact multiple facets ranging from academic to youth development or even economic. Ultimately, youth are our priority beneficiaries for Maker VISTA impact.”
VISTA Leader Kelsey Leach, a member of Cohort III, highlights that “VISTA members strive to help under-resourced communities through making.” The Maker VISTA program began in November 2013 with five California subsites, and then expanded to four national subsites in 2014. Members develop the capacity of subsites by building infrastructure, expanding partnerships, securing resources, organizing maker education training, and linking communities to the maker movement. Maker VISTA is dedicated to eradicating poverty and supports Maker Ed’s mission for all youth to have access to making and meaningful learning experiences.
Click here to learn more about our Maker VISTA program.