Daniel Muhammad
RCSD: Community Schools
St. John's University
B.S. Communication Arts
Daniel is serving in the Rochester City School District Central Office supporting the Community Schools initiative that focuses on addressing the holistic needs of the child in school by helping facilitate equitable and culturally relevant educational experiences. This is done through establishing and coordinating new and existing community partnerships, building RCSD's infrastructure to support the community school models, leveraging community feedback, and more.
Angela Rollins
City of Rochester, Kiva
University of Rochester '17
B.S. Economics
Angela is serving with the City of Rochester's Kiva microloan program which provides 0% interest, crowd-sourced loans to small business owners. As a second year project, she will be refining the programs' outreach strategies, expand on the first year VISTA's efforts, as well as develop key stakeholder surveys and a comprehensive analysis of this city-supported financial program.
Delia Cruz Nochebuena
Boys & Girls Club of Geneva
University of Rochester '17
Delia is serving as a first year VISTA at the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva supporting its development and recruitment of its new J-Crew program. This program, created by he Geneva Community Center, allows older students to learn career skills and work experiences at the Boys & Girls Club as junior staff ("J-Crew"). Delia will help establish partners for the program, create materials to support the program, recruit financial backing, and support the program's online presence.
Graham Hughes
United Way: Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Public Policy
Graham works with the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI), a collective Impact Initiative with the goal of reducing poverty in Rochester and Monroe County by 50% in 15 years. Graham’s work includes supporting the Community Advisory Council and several of the Initiative’s Working Groups, as well as working to help RMAPI spread, implement, and evaluate the initiative’s Guiding Principles; Community Building, Structural Racism, and Trauma.
Ignacio Sanchez
Enrico Fermi School 17
University of Rochester '17
As a third year site, Ignacio will be working to further enhance the sustainability of the previous VISTAs' program efforts at Enrico Fermi School 17 in supporting its community schools model. This project focuses on developing, growing and enhancing a data driven culture of the educational setting through the implementation of a new database and the development of a data analysis model in order to expand and deliver quality support services to students, families and the Josana neighborhood
Jamie Rudd
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
University of Rochester '17
Anthropology & English
Jamie is serving at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, a third-year host site, where she will be supporting its School Climate Transformation program, a restorative justice program implemented in the city and greater area Rochester schools. To support this program and the Institute, she will be leading and assisting with various financial development projects, the integration of a new volunteer management system, and refining social media strategies to build community connections.
Jianna Howard
Jefferson Family Health Fund
SUNY Brockport
Health Science, Kinesiology
Jianna is serving as a first year VISTA at Jefferson Family Medicine where she will be supporting educational outreach efforts in the community, developing connections between other health agencies and services, and improving health parameters for current patients through volunteer exercise and wellness programs,
Keara Knight
East Upper and Lower High Schools
SUNY Brockport
Keara is serving at East Upper and Lower High Schools, a third year VISTA site where she will be supporting East's community schools model through further developing community connections to East, parental and family involvement in students' education, and managing the various volunteer tutors who guide the scholars.
Leah Schwartz
Genesee Land Trust
University of Rochester '17
Anthropology & English
Leah Schwartz is serving as the community engagement coordinator at Genesee Land Trust, a non-profit dedicated to preserving and protecting land and waterways in the Greater Rochester region. During her yearlong service Leah will be working specifically on GLT’s urban projects which aim to improve health through positive assets, engagement, and programming that reduces stress and promotes health by building connections to nature, encouraging an active lifestyle, and empowering the community to resist negative environmental forces.
Liz Van Son
RCSD: Arts Integration
SUNY Geneseo
B.A. Geography
Liz is serving in the Rochester City School District Central Office supporting the Arts Integration program through community outreach, lesson planning, data collection, and creating a guide that will allow for the arts in all of its different capacities to become more wholly integrated in the RCSD school system to enhance students' academics, attendance, and social emotional skills.
Maria Torres
Empire Justice Center: CASH
Nazareth College
M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications B.S. Economics
Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) is a program that seeks to improve the financial well-being of low income working families in Monroe County. Maria is supporting the outreach and expansion of C.A.S.H. by developing and implementing new volunteer recruitment strategies to assist with the program and further develop community contacts through digital and print marketing and promotions.
Matt Trombley
Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Rochester
University of Rochester '17
Matt will be implementing a community-wide youth financial education program that drives broad influence and engagement. Matt and CCCSR are working towards raising the level of community engagement and focus on youth financial education by developing a community assessment with a concentration around youth financial education to leverage stakeholder support and establish long-term efforts for youth-focused financial education.
Megan Freiburger
RCSD: Attendance
University of Rochester '17
Megan is serving at the Rochester City School District in the Attendance department where she is building upon the local attendance research of the first VISTA detailing chronic absenteeism and its systemic causes which can include issues like health disparities, transportation issues, and more. Megan is working on then creating a toolkit to reduce chronic absenteeism that will assist the district, parents, and students alike while also supporting the other initiatives of the Attendance department.
Parakh Patel
Rochester Preparatory School
University of Rochester '17
Public Health
Parakh is the first year VISTA with Rochester Preparatory. To ensure all students are engaged in and committed to their literacy development and growth, she is working to create a comprehensive library system. Along with, executing a plan to improve family and community engagement for events held within the school throughout the year.
Sabata Harley
Connected Communities
Nazareth College '17
International Studies
Sabata is serving at Connected Communities, a nonprofit seeking to break the cycle of poverty and revitalize the Emma and Beechwood neighborhoods by providing resources and expertise ranging from cradle-to-career education, workforce and economic development, affordable housing and more. Sabata will expand and build upon Connected Communities' marketing efforts in order to enhance its visibility.
Sara Peterson
Girl Scouts of Western New York
University of Rochester '17
Sara is the first year VISTA at the Girl Scouts of Western New York where she is working to develop and enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives in the Girl Scouts. Sara will be conducting research focused on improving local girls' interactions and interest in the hard sciences through a guide of community resources, comprehensive research on youth STEM education, and glossaries and lessons of accessible STEM language so all Girl Scout volunteers can incorporate this field even without formal, educational training.