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By Max Finberg, Director of AmeriCorps VISTA

 

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The Kehtekaewak Farmer’s Market, part of an AmeriCorps VISTA project in partnership with the College of the Menominee Nation, Keshena, WI

As part of the White House Tribal Nations Conference, I am thrilled to announce the expansion of Resilience AmeriCorps opportunities in tribal communities. With the assistance of AmeriCorps VISTA members, Tribal Nations will further develop and implement plans to survive, adapt, and prepare for the ever increasing risks of climate change, food insecurity, and financial uncertainty.

A few weeks ago, I was able to travel back to North Dakota to meet with Tribal Leaders as part of the United Tribes Tribal Leaders Summit.  I was also able to meet Anna Silk (Jemez Pueblo) and Iris Francisco (Tohono O’odham), two of our new Community Stewards’ Tribal Resilience AmeriCorps VISTAs serving at Sitting Bull Community College on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and United Tribes Technical College, respectively. They are already serving their vulnerable communities by building the capacity to prepare for and respond to climate change.

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AmeriCorps VISTA member, Valerie Fernando (Laguna Pueblo) works to educate the next generation of Laguna Keres speakers and leads efforts to preserve the traditional language of her Pueblo in Laguna, NM

By Max Finberg, Director of AmeriCorps VISTA

 

The Kehtekaewak Farmer’s Market, part of an AmeriCorps VISTA project in partnership with the College of the Menominee Nation,...

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For more than 20 years, Methodist Healthcare Ministries has been dedicated to creating access to health care for low-income families and the uninsured in South Texas, including the predominantly rural Hispanic communities in its service area. Through its public-private partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund, Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas project is touching the lives of many Hispanics by stimulating local solutions that improve both physical and behavioral health together, such as diabetes and depression.

In 2014 the Social Innovation Fund awarded a grant to Methodist Healthcare Ministries to make region-wide improvements in the identification and treatment of co-occurring behavioral health problems and chronic disease in South Texas. The Sí Texas Project focuses on addressing primary care and behavioral health needs, by integrating behavioral health care services into primary care settings. Models have emerged that include the use of care managers, behavioral health consultants, behavioralists, or consultation models.  Referred to as Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) models, these innovative approaches inspire improvements in behavioral health and chronic disease in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy, Kenedy, Brooks, Jim Hogg, Zapata, Duval, Jim Wells, Kleberg and Webb counties – making up the state’s Coastal Bend, Laredo and Rio Grande Valley regions.  Eight participating organizations (subgrantees) are putting these models into practice to improve health outcomes in communities with high rates of poverty, depression, diabetes, obesity and associated risk factors. In turn, this project will effectively build a portfolio of IBH solutions that can be scaled and replicated nationwide.

Joey Breems, CNCS, Office of Research and Evaluation

Several recent reports show how national service can be a useful resource in times of great need, whether directly responding to a disaster or supporting recovery efforts in the weeks, months, and years that follow.

A study published in the Public Policy & Aging Report documents how Senior Corps volunteers were effectively used to support community resilience in the wake of the 2012 Colorado wildfires. The study focused specifically on Senior Corps RSVP volunteers serving through the Volunteers of America in Jefferson, El Paso, and Larimer Counties.

Findings from the study show that these volunteers were able to effectively support community resilience efforts while also continuing to support their previous duties; RSVP volunteers with disaster-specific skills were able to be used more heavily; and RSVP grantees were capable of effectively recruiting, training, and deploying volunteers to support these efforts.

By Julie Jimenez, CNCS, Office of Government Relations

Jose Valencia, who currently works with financial coaches towards his goal of owning a home, has benefited greatly from programs at Instituto.  “I came to Instituto and they have supported me through everything. Instituto first helped me to become a citizen and then taught me how to work with a computer and internet. They helped me to find training and get a job with the City of Chicago. And now they’re helping me to improve my credit. This organization is preparing people to excel”.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th through October 15th, CNCS will highlight and recognize the contributions that our private-sector partners that work with Latino communities across the country have made in improving the lives of Latinos.

This week, we highlight Instituto Del Progreso Latino, a LISC subgrantee funded by CNCS’s Social Innovation Fund. Instituto has served Latino families in Chicago for almost 40 years. Their mission is to contribute to the fullest development of Latino immigrants and their families through education, training, and employment that fosters full participation in the changing US society while preserving cultural identity and dignity.

In 2010 the Social Innovation Fund partnered with LISC to increase the number of individuals and families served by an innovative workforce development and asset building model called Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs). FOCs bundle three key services: employment counseling and training, financial education and coaching and access to income supports. Instituto serves as an FOC in Chicago serving clients from the Little Village, Pilsen and Back of the Yards neighborhoods. In the last year, this site helped 727 clients in gaining employment, financial and income supports coaching.

By Ally Snell, AmeriCorps VISTA

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Today, two AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with the Google Code Corps program attended the White House Summit on Computer Science (CS) for All.  The White House’s CS for All Summit celebrated progress and announced new commitments towards President Obama’s bold initiative to empower a generation of American students with the computer science skills they need to thrive in a digital economy. CS for All builds on efforts already being led by parents, teachers, school districts, states, and private sector leaders from across the country.

Google, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Google Code Corps program will connect with more than 5,500 Boys & Girls Club kids and teens over the next year as part of the organization’s partnership. In support of the President’s CS for All initiative, the Google Code Corps program aims to inspire and train the next generation of computer scientists with the help and support of AmeriCorps VISTA members. 

Robert Petrowsky, and Morgan Staton attended the CS for All Summit to represent the incredible impact they have made at the Dorchester, Mass. and Wake County, N.C. Boys and Girls Clubs, respectively. 

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