What is VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program which places eligible candidates with host sites across the country working to address poverty. Over 220,000 AmeriCorps members have served in the VISTA program since the 1965 start. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve in capacity-building roles which include fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment, and gain leadership skills and professional development experiences in return.
Welcome to the JAG 2022-2023 VISTA members!
The JAG Central Office is excited to welcome three new VISTA members to the Central Office in February 2022. We look forward to supporting their professional development goals as they work on communication across the JAG Arizona network; coordinating volunteers and Employer Partners; and writing about JAG successes in grants, through reports, and via Insider News stories! Meet our 2022-2023 VISTA Cohort:
Current VISTA Members with the JAG Central Office
Deirdre Conroy (they/them), 2020-2021 Event-Planner VISTA stayed on for a second AmeriCorps service year with the JAG Central Office as VISTA Leader. They are responsible for recruiting and supporting the new VISTA cohort, as well as other capacity-building tasks including social media design, Insider News journal articles, and facilitations (like Queer Chats). Jhonny Alvarez (he/him), who assumed a Marketing Coordinator VISTA role in October of 2021, has contributed to many JAG Communications Team projects including Insider News articles, the JAG newsletter, and social media. Currently, he is preparing a JAG Advantage Series to spotlight key strengths of the JAG Model–be sure to check out our upcoming posts about trauma-informed care! John Paul (he/him) and Xavier Garcia (he/him) assumed News Desk Editor VISTA roles in October of 2021. Xavier and John coordinate the development of the Faces of JAG Impact Stories project as well as News Desk episodes. This includes directing, interviewing, and videography. Check out their fabulous work here!
Thank you for your service!
The JAG Central Office would like to thank two outgoing VISTA members for their service to the organization. Adia Woodridge (she/her) began her short-term service as Volunteer Coordinator VISTA in January of 2022, and has contributed to the Faces of JAG Impact Stories project, as well as revamping the JAG website! Adia will be completing her VISTA service year in mid-February. We are excited to learn about Adia’s future endeavors, and wish her the best of luck!
After completing her 2020-2021 service year as Marketing Coordinator VISTA, Laura Lewis continued to support the JAG Central Office in social media development and coordination. Of her many projects, Laura contributed to expanding JAG’s Giving Tuesday and other fundraising campaigns to collect support for JAG programming. Laura also shared her extensive knowledge of marketing, brand design, and social media engagement to grow JAG’s brand presence and social media following on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn! Please follow to see Laura’s amazing work and receive updates about upcoming JAG events. Laura is scheduled to complete her VISTA service with JAG in late February 2022.
What have JAG VISTA members accomplished?
The JAG Central Office is proud to be a successful multi-year VISTA host site. Over the past three years, JAG has hosted nine VISTA members, including a VISTA Leader, and three Summer Associates. VISTA members have contributed to videography, journalistic writing, graphic design, and student mentorship skills to projects including:
More about JAG
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