Thursday, January 12, 2012

Regional VISTA Meeting, Jan 6, 2012

Last Friday, January 6, 2012, Dan and I went to our first Bay Area Regional VISTA meeting, held in the federal building in Oakland. We got to meet like 50 other VISTAs, some VISTA leaders, 4 VISTA alumni and some representatives from CNCS.

After signing in, and helping ourselves to coffee and pastries (you got to ask Dan about the bagels!), we got to hear about MLK Day of Service and sign up for some events. I will be going to help clean up and restore Crissy Field in San Francisco, and will be getting a few friends to tag along.

Then, we heard from a panel of 4 VISTA alumni, followed by a questions and answers. It is interesting to know that most of the topics were about how and when to start finding employment. One alumni said she started looking 7 months before her program ended. Even the CNCS staff (the "employers") mentioned that VISTAs should not pass out a good opportunity.

After the alumni panel talk, Dan and I got to meet and network with other VISTA members, although most of them left immediately. A group of about 10 of us went to lunch together. Just from the VISTAs at San Francisco Education Fund and Playworks, I feel that there are ways for VISTA members to help each other finish their projects and meet the numbers needed for deliverables.

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