AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA joined AmeriCorps in 1993 and is now the national leader in the battle to reduce and eliminate poverty in America.
The VISTA at Westminster College is through Pennsylvania Campus Compact and focuses on developing and supporting community service, service-learning, and civic engagement programs at higher education institutions (http://www.paccompact.org/vista.html). Our PACC-VISTA works in the Drinko Center to bridge campus and community through projects in the areas of tutoring and mentoring, volunteer matching, and supporting our service-learning courses.
Westminster College's Drinko Center for Experiential Learning named recent Westminster graduate Marah Alouise as its newest Pennsylvania Campus Compact-Volunteer in Service to America (PACC-VISTA).
A large part of Marah's role focuses on the implementation of a collaborative effort between Westminster College and community partners (West Middlesex School District, Cray Challenges and Origins) to provide an after-school robotics program, entitled "Transformers," designed to develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. In a dynamic and supportive learning environment, enhanced by the use of robots, students work with Westminster College student mentors to develop skills necessary to be successful in the classroom and in the future.
PACC-VISTAs have included:
- Shane Killian, AY 2007 - 2008
- Bethany South, AY 2008 - 2009, Westminster 2008 graduate
- Jeff Ledebur, AY 2009 - 2010, Westminster 2009 graduate
- Katie Gray, AY 2011-2012, Westminster 2011 graduate
- Katie Gray, AY 2012-2013, Westminster 2011 graduate