Reflections from ACE

Trick or Treat

As we are in the spookiest of seasons, let’s do some trick or treating! For this blog post please talk about the tricks and treats of your service site. The Treats are the things that you love about your site, and what motivates you to keep showing up. The Tricks are the difficulties at your…
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October 15, 2018 50

Thinking Big Picture

Now that you have begun to settle in at your sites for the year, let’s start thinking big picture. What is your dream project or goal for your site. What do you need to do to get there? Try using a SWOT analysis (see the example below) by listing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats…
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October 2, 2018 49

Bonner Development

Above you will find the Five E’s, which demonstrate the Bonner Developmental model, and a brief explanation of each. Please take some time to look over them and reflect on where you have been and where are you going. Please keep in mind that each E is not necessarily bound to a class year (i.e.…
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September 12, 2018 62

Fighting Poverty with the Albany District Attorney

It has been 2 full years since the start of my service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow. I graduated from Siena College in the Spring of 2016 and was at a place that most 21st century college students can level with; applying to “entry level” jobs that somehow require more experience than the Bachelor’s…
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September 10, 2018 0

Alumni Spotlight: Marie Lovato

I began my experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow as a recent graduate with no real professional experience. My retail background did little to qualify me for the field of work I wanted to pursue and AmeriCorps seemed like the perfect opportunity to gain relevant experience while working around issues of poverty. In 2014 I…
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August 16, 2018 0

Helping Area Nonprofits SHINE

As I approach my last semester with the Center for Academic Community Engagement and more specifically with the NExT program I have grown as a person professionally thanks to this program. The year and a half that I have been working with NExT and the community partners has been something I will be able to…
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July 5, 2018 0

VISTAs “Fighting Crime”

I have the honor of completing a year of of AmeriCorps VISTA service as a Program Coordinator at the Community Justice Outreach Center which is a satellite office of the Albany County District Attorney. Our District Attorney, David Soares’, slogan is “Fighting Crime and Building Hope”. While the main office “Fights Crime”, our office “builds…
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June 28, 2018 0

Summer Service Scholar’s Top 10

What are the top 10 things other should know about your site and the Capital Region?  

June 28, 2018 15

Kicking off a Summer of Service

What has been a challenge you have faced in the Summer Service Scholar program so far? What has been a highlight?

June 7, 2018 15

Learning and Growing with NEXT

In my eyes, NEXT is the greatest program on Siena’s campus. It allows students to engage in real world problem solving for a great cause. NEXT stands for Nonprofit EXcellence and Transformation, which is the fancy form of non-profit consulting. Non-profits from the Capital Region will approach NEXT with a business problem they are having.…
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May 4, 2018 0