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Fighting Poverty with Passion

Lucky (a series of moments)

This month/week I’ve been thinking a lot about luck, privilege, power, wealth, social mobility, and the myth of the American dream for several different reasons. I just finished this mini-podcast … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Field Report: YMCA Educational Services (YES!)–Stephanie W.

One of the many things my parents nag about is my health. Those of us who are fortunate enough have lived relatively healthy lives or at least felt invincible at … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Life After VISTA

December was an interesting month because I was able to go home for an extended period of time to visit family for the holidays. It was rejuvenating to be home … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Not Always A Happy Ending!

For the most part working with the homeless is a very rewarding experience. Its very exciting to see clients come to the warehouse and pick out stuff for their new … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sustainability: Here’s What it Looks Like in Practice for Me.

Simply put, sustainability, a buzzword thrown around regularly in the non-profit industry, means something that lasts. I have heard this word in a variety of settings throughout my VISTA experience. … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Save Our Sponge!

On February 2nd, World Wetlands Day, Woodlands Conservancy hosted it’s first ever Save Our Sponge Benefit Concert. In light of the devastating flooding that plagued the greater Baton Rouge area … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Neoliberal Third Sector

*an extension of thoughts on Philanthrocapitalism and an Affect Economy “New Orleans has the highest number of nonprofits per capita!” the presenter exclaimed. “That means you have to work hard … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Saying Goodbye

“How do I say good bye” I have found it hard to formulate the words to say good bye to President Obama and the first family. I can recall 11/4/2008 … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

A VISTA in December

Technically a VISTA is always giving. As full-time volunteers it is, by definition, our job. But during the holiday season, the season of giving, this brought up a lot of … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Design Thinking? – November 2016

This month, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a fast-paced, weekend-long design thinking workshop at the Tulane Taylor Center. As an aspiring Urban Planner, an opportunity to … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · 1 Comment


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