City Welcomes Three VISTA Members

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News Date: 
August 22, 2018
New VISTA Members

The City of Salinas is excited to welcome three new VISTA members for a year of service! Kaylie will be supporting housing initiatives in the Community Development Department, while Madison and Christina will work with our Libraries and their volunteer programs.

Kaylie is a recent graduate from CSUMB and has her bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. She is interested in pursuing a career in Social and Community Planning after her year of Americorps Vista service is over. She decided to join the Community and Economic Development team to gain the experience of working for a city planning department while also serving the community. On her free time she likes to go to the beach with her dog and try new food places!

Madison was born and raised in South Louisiana. She moved here from Rhode Island where she served with AmeriCorps State/National. Madison will be based at the John Steinbeck Library working on building capacity for the Salinas Public Library volunteer program. She has volunteered for quite a few non-profit organizations, and is working in this position to help teach the Salinas community about the value in service work and how impactful volunteering can be for the volunteer and the people they are serving.  

Christina is a native of Salinas, CA and she comes from a family history of migrant farmworkers. She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Women's Studies. She has worked at Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary in East Salinas for two years as a literacy tutor serving Kindergarten-4th grade students for the Monterey County United for Literacy Program. She is looking forward to working alongside the Alisal Vibrancy Program team helping to oversee the Homework Centers at the Cesar Chavez Library and Sherwood, Los Padres and Roosevelt Elementary schools. Christina is very passionate about education and believes that it is a vital tool for children, young adults and adults alike to build a foundation for a better future. She is excited to start a new year with AmeriCorps and continuing to serve her community in a meaningful way.