Four New VISTAs Help Build Mentoring Capacity Nationwide  

Brendan Anderson, Marketing & Communications VISTA, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
August 25th, 2016
Posted In: Awareness, Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is proud to welcome the next National MENTOR Corps! Comprised of four recent college graduates giving a year of national service through AmeriCorps VISTA, the corps will serve in MENTOR’s Boston offices to progress the mentoring movement around the country. As a team, the corps will support MENTOR’s affiliate network of Mentoring Partnerships with professional development and organizational capacity while working within specialized roles that draw upon the strengths and expertise of each individual.

BrendanBrendan Anderson: Marketing and Communications VISTA

Brendan has seven years of experience encouraging youth to explore their creativity through discussions around love of learning and literature. Last year, after graduating from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in English, he served as a tutor and mentor to a classroom of elementary students with City Year Boston where he inspired students to believe in their imaginations and find joy in reading.

Brendan is a passionate writer and looks forward to contributing to MENTOR’s national campaign, In Real Life, while also supporting MENTOR’s affiliate network of Mentoring Partnerships with marketing and branding needs.

Jodie Martin: Affiliate Network VISTAJodie1

Jodie is a recent graduate from Clark University where she received her Bachelor’s in psychology. Recently, she was a Residential Summer Counselor for the program “Upward Bound,” where she helped mentor a group of low income and first-generation adolescents in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Eager to start her year of service with her VISTA team, Jodie will enhance the learning community and build the staff and organizational capacity within MENTOR’s affiliate network of Mentoring Partnerships.

KatelynKatelyn McSweeney: Program Quality and Training VISTA

Katelyn has a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Social Welfare from Bridgewater State University. She has been involved with various community programs that work predominantly with at-risk youth, homeless/transient students and teenage mothers to provide mentoring, tutoring and resources to aid in the success of high school graduation and college acceptance. She loves being around people, being outdoors, and traveling to new places.

In her service, Katelyn will build the capacity of MENTOR’s affiliate network of Mentoring Partnerships by supporting the implementation of the Quality Mentoring System.

Madison Snelling: Development and Corporate Engagement VISTAMadison

Madison recently graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in International Affairs and Religion (Identity Formation) and will serve on the Development team. She has been involved with mentoring for the past seven years in various capacities and locations, from Lexington, Kentucky to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Excited to build on the knowledge she gained from these experiences, Madison will support MENTOR’s affiliate network of Mentoring Partnerships seeking to enhance their organizational capacity by providing strategies for leveraging national corporate engagement.

Brendan Anderson, Jodie Martin, Katelyn McSweeney, and Madison Snelling are all proud to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA and MENTOR to support the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. They look forward to hearing stories from around the country and watching the mentoring movement grow, as much as MENTOR is excited to leverage the skills and energy of the four new members and see them grow through service.

VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) was originally founded in 1965 to fight poverty in the United States. In the fifty years since then, over 192,000 people have served and supported community efforts to overcome poverty through capacity building.

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