Fighting Poverty with Passion
The day has finally arrived when I will be serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in New Orleans, a city that helped me grow so much in my four years as an undergraduate. Going from being a Tulane student to being a part of the work force is going to be a transition.
I have been thinking about how this year of service will help me grow personally and professionally. I will gain a lot from working with the Center for Restorative Approaches. Being a part of the CRA, I am excited to learn not only how to work professionally in a non-profit, but also learn about New Orleans from a different perspective.
A few weeks ago, I participated in the CRA’s summer institute where the facilitator trained local teachers and administrators about the purpose of restorative approaches and how to facilitate their own restorative circles. This furthered my excitement for the year that lies ahead. Witnessing community stockholders ignited my enthusiasm and helped me see that I am serving in a community that strives to improve the quality of life surrounding them.
This past week, August 3rd to August 6th, I attended my Pre-Service Orientation in Atlanta, Georgia. I met AmeriCorps VISTA members that will be serving all over the United States. From PSO, I learned VISTAs share one purpose to reduce and eventually eliminate poverty. This week has given me a new perspective on the year that lies ahead of me.
I hope to use what I learn from the CRA staff and the community to improve my communication skills and my comprehension of restorative approaches. Also, I am hoping to learn the benefits restorative approaches can create. I am beyond excited for this year! Following is a photo demonstrating the commitment staff have to introducing restorative circles to their schools by participating in trainings.