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What is the VISTA legacy?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Friday, May 13, 2011,

To kickoff AmeriCorps Week on the right foot, CNS organized a small event to gather VISTA Alums in the area. At this event, I interacted with VISTA Alums who served from 60s to present. Theme of the night revolved around sharing one’s VISTA experience. Alums who shared their stories came from diverse background and all have accomplished very interesting things. Different decades had different themes related to them. For example – VISTAs who served in 1960s and 1970s were trained to be com...


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Justice Talking - The History Teacher

Posted by NWA VISTA on Friday, January 14, 2011,

Back in October I had an opportunity to attend a Justice Talking training. Justice talking is an exercise designed to invite reflection about civically engaged activity. The rationale behind this exercise is that civically engaged people (can be anyone VISTAs, your co-workers, volunteers, etc.) want to think more deeply and to talk more comfortably with colleagues about the beliefs and opinions that inform their activity. Moreover, this dialogue through reflection will help strengthen the ...


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Community development is challenging, painstaking work.


NWA VISTA The people and organizations who invest in trying to strengthen its practice know better than any stakeholder that the road is rocky. Deepening our understanding of any initiative’s strengths offers us an advantageous perspective to learn from and built upon previous work. Pondering its shortcomings can been sobering and humbling experience as well. It teaches the lesson that criticizing the mistakes of others is vastly easier than figuring out how to do this difficult work better. The purpose of this blog is to learn from innovative ideas, share experiences and move forward building stronger and healthier communities.

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