Hello, Everyone! This year at SRI, we have 4 AmeriCorps*VISTAS serving in a variety of capacities. All four of these powerhouse women, who began serving over the summer of 2013, are excited to continue on with their year of service this fall, joining hundreds of other Rhode Island AmeriCorps members to fight poverty and build capacity in the communities we serve and love.
Meet the SRI VISTA Team 2013-2014
Group Service Projects
Serving as the first SRI Service Project Coordinator VISTA is Maya Ambroise, an RI native and recent Wheaton College grad. Maya spends her days visiting non-profits throughout the state looking for potential projects, matching prospective volunteer groups with those organizations, and then overseeing all of these service projects! Since SRI has coordinated 75 service projects this year alone, Maya is a busy and invaluable team member at SRI!
Communications & Marketing
Kayla Farrands, an RI native and recent UConn grad, is serving as SRI’s first Communications & Marketing VISTA, making her a jack of all trades! She manages the HandsOnConnect network, SRI’s website, and all things social media (check out our twitter page here, and our facebook page here!) She also writes weekly columns for the ProJo, and creates promotional videos for SRI and our corporate and community partners. She does it all!
Middle School Volunteer Program
Julissa Polanco and Magali García-Pletsch coordinate Serve RI’s school volunteer programs. Julissa recently started her second term of VISTA service and works at Samuel Slater Middle School in Pawtucket. Magali, a recent Global Studies graduate of Providence College, works at Roger Williams Middle School in Providence. Julissa has been busy organizing several “transformation days” at Slater (involving 100+ volunteers at once), coordinating the “Slater Service Corps”, co-leading the PTO, and recruiting volunteers to help out teachers and students in classrooms and after school. Magali has been learning the lay of the land at Roger Williams, and has busily been recruiting and placing volunteers to provide a variety of resources, including student and teacher support in classrooms, an ESL class for parents, and a Spanish class for teachers. Julissa and Magali are constantly looking for ways to bring much needed resources into these two urban, public, under-served (and awesome!) schools in two of Rhode Island’s biggest cities, making every day an exciting one!