The Maker AmeriCorps VISTA team, with Mary Strasser, Director of AmeriCorps VISTA, and Maker Ed’s Lisa Regalla and Jeremy Mitchell, at their first get together in November.
We Are now Hiring our second Maker AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for our Oakland, California Office!
Apply now, and help us bring making and creativity enrichment to communities in need across the nation.
Maker Ed is proud to partner with the Corporation for National & Community Service: AmeriCorps VISTA to place VISTA teams and VISTA leaders into our National Maker Network infrastructure. The Maker VISTA Project is developing thriving Maker Hubs within high poverty communities. VISTA members are working to reduce poverty by inspiring low-income students through maker programs that engage them in STEM experiences, as well as the arts and learning as a whole.
The Maker VISTA Project purpose is to create and expand the vision of Maker Ed by working in urban and rural areas that have been deemed high poverty and regions that have little access to the Maker Movement as a STEM initiative. The project will foster maker programming year round in 10 cities across the nation, using community-school outreach strategies to ensure high poverty youth have access to making opportunities.
The first Maker VISTA team were placed in December 2013, in five cities in California . These California partners are serving as Maker Hubs throughout the state:
- Da Vinci Center, Stockton, CA
- Lighthouse Community Charter High School, Oakland, CA
- SAM Academy, Inc. (part of the Community Science Workshop network), Fresno/Sanger, CA
- The Exploratory: Maker Guilds, Los Angeles, CA
- THINK Together, Santa Ana, CA
Maker VISTA members work to develop community-school partnerships within each Maker Hub placement by increasing local awareness and understanding about making, coordinating with local schools, reaching out to afterschool programs and youth-serving organizations, facilitation the start of new maker program opportunities, fundraising, recruiting volunteers and mentors, and documenting their work to share best practices with the greater education field.
VISTA Leaders, working from the Maker Ed offices in Oakland, CA, provide guidance to VISTA members in each community, document best practices and challenges faced in the work happening in the hubs, capture progress made towards engaging high poverty children and youth in maker programming on a national level, and develop and maintain partnerships on a national level to support the work of the Maker VISTA program. We are now hiring our second VISTA Leader.
An example of recent documentation work by Maker VISTAs at the Lighthouse Charter School.
The second Maker VISTA team will be hired and placed in five hubs this Spring. These new Hubs are:
- 5eSonic (Detroit, MI)
- Assemble (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Digital Harbor Foundation (Baltimore, MD)
- MIAMade (Miami, FL)
- SASTEMIC (San Antonio, TX)
For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Lisa Regalla, National Program Director, at Lisa@MakerEd.org .
Maker Ed is now recruiting our second VISTA Leader. To apply (you must have served as a VISTA member before), you can access the position description and application here.