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Fighting Poverty with Passion

Field Report: ARISE Academy

As I near the close of my VISTA term I hope to leave you with a few wish words that I have learned over the course of this year.

This year is all about trial and error.

So if at first you don’t succeed:

Take a step back.

Examine what went wrong.

Engage in dialogue with those affected.


Get to work.

You will get nowhere or nothing done if you do not build relationships!

In order to build capacity you must be willing to smooze and chat it up with the best of them.

If this is out of your comfort zone, GET OVER IT! Find alternatives ways to network.

This year will stress the poo out of YOU!

Take time to relax.

Whether that is sitting in a closet, reading a book or going to the spa, you’re on a VISTA budget but you can make it work.


While there may be days and months that you may not enjoy your site, try to find the glimmer of happiness and hope.

If you do not feel challenged enough, don’t sit around and have a pit party…. Take Initiative.

Think of new task and projects and present them to your supervisor.

It’s about making the most of the year. You’re there for a year, you’ll be fine!


Well folks, it’s been real! I truly enjoyed sharing my year with each and every one of you.

Time to go into the real world! YIPPEEEE!

-Malliron Hodge, Tulane CPS Education VISTA, ARISE Academy


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Notes from the field from the AmeriCorps VISTA team at Tulane University.



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