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Field Report: Tulane Center for Public Service

Last month offered a roller coaster of events here at Tulane CPS.  We welcomed new VISTAs – Shout outs to Chao Li, Wendy Lui, Erin Ricketts, Amy Biedermann and Sara Green – hosted a reunion for VISTA Alums and had several of our community partners close their summer camps that were hosting our summer WaveCorps VISTAs.

Tulane VISTA alums are very much still a part of the city. Most of the one’s who remained in New Orleans after their service years are still involved with non-profit organizations in one way or another. It was very exciting to meet members of a community i’ll be joining in the next couple of weeks.  I was also happy to see that life after  VISTA does go on.

The reunion was blessed with appearances from the Tulane University Provost Michael A. Bernstein. He addressed the gathering and expressed his admiration for the work we do and have done in the community,  including acknowledging the fact that Tulane VISTA’s have accounted for more than 250,000 hours of service since the programs’ inception in 2006. Thats over 35K hours a year, almost 3000 hours a month and 744 hours a week. At least I know why grey hairs have been popping up in my head this year.

Our community partners A’s and Aces, FirstLine Schools, SOFAB and ReThink New Orleans, all had their summer camps close last month. I was blessed to attend some of them. The A’s and Aces Kids were adorable – their program focused around creating healthy students involved tennis and classroom time.

From Court to classroom

From Court to classroom

Rackets and books

Rackets and books

A's and Aces got the soul

A’s and Aces got the soul



SOFAB had a similar camp where they incorparated health and biology lessons with cooking and eating healthy.  Nothing quite like watching kids make traditional Jambolaya.
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All in all, my last full month as a Tulane VISTA was exciting and engaging.  Although I am ready to move on, this experience has been a challenging blessing. I look forward to my next adventure in New Orleans.

Signing off,

Noel Chacha


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


This entry was posted on August 7, 2013 by in CPS - Social Media, New Orleans Outreach, VISTA Field Reports, VISTA Leader.



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