AmeriCorps VISTA: Alexandra Saleh
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) members are placed at the National Network for Arab American Communities' (NNAAC) member organizations to develop new programs, recruit volunteers and seek program funding.
Get to know Alexandra Saleh, one of our 2016-17 AmeriCorps VISTA members, in our interview with her below!
ACCESS of Western New York | Lackawanna, New York
Q: Why did you join the VISTA program?
A: As a graduate of International Relations, my curiosity of the world around me has steered me in the direction of AmeriCorps. Initially, the Peace Corps was my main focus after college, but I realized that if I want to make an impact on an international scale, I should first gain the necessary skills from domestic experience.
Q: What personal or professional goals do you want to achieve during this program?
A: Personally, I would like to appear as more of a leader than I currently am, and the only way I will achieve this is by pushing myself into a more challenging work environment that the VISTA program ensures. Professionally, I would like to unearth an entirely new list of qualifications beyond my current skill set, including grant writing, volunteer recruitment, and program development.
Q: How does this program fit into your future plans?
A: The AmeriCorps VISTA program will allow me to gain experience within the non-profit community. Working for ACCESS of Western New York not only will help me to juggle serious responsibility, but also give me the momentum to pursue a career in foreign diplomacy and promoting cultural inclusion.
Q: Describe yourself in three words.
A: Passionate, altruistic, explorative.
At each host organization, VISTA members will either develop a new program, or build the reach and scope of an already existing program. VISTA members will be involved in grant writing and fundraising for employment programs, and will recruit a corps of volunteers to continue with the program beyond the VISTA cycle. Click here to learn more.