AmeriCorps VISTAs serve nationally to strengthen local organizations that serve low income communities. At both Turning the Page sites in DC and Chicago, they’re fundamental to bolstering partnerships with parents and school staff and forging long-lasting relationships with local nonprofits, museums, and universities. In fact, VISTAs are a part of almost all aspects of TTP programs, and are the faces behind outreach strategy, child mentoring activities, field trips, social media, program evaluation, and research.
Here on the TTP blog, VISTAs share a little bit about themselves and their work in their own words!
Name: Rosondunnii “Rose” Marshall
Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Hats I wear at TTP: Legacy Charter Child Mentor Captain, Social Media and Graphic Design Coordinator, Data Management Coordinator, and All-Things-Technology.
Why I chose to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA: I decided to serve to assist in ending the generational cycle of poverty within the Chicago communities by helping youth and parents gain the confidence needed to achieve their academic goals and to assist them in developing their own passion, goals, and dreams. I believe that with the work that we do at TTP, we can build and strengthen the family dynamic through literacy and education.
Most interesting aspect of my service with TTP: The most interesting aspect of my service is working with our families. The families that we work with are completely AWESOME! To be accepted and given the privilege to build relationships with them and to assist them in advocating for their child(ren)’s education is just completely rewarding. It’s also fulfilling when you get on the bus in the morning and you see students from your school waving and yelling “Good Morning Miss Rose!”