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August 19, 2017

Providing Training for AmeriCorps Vista's

Ashlee Weaver
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INRC Provides Training for Indy’s New AmeriCorps VISTAs

 

Neighborhood Development Specialists at INRC are committed to serving as the neighborhood resource, and to supporting neighbors and neighborhood-based organizations as we build stronger communities and an even stronger city. One of the many ways they serve the neighborhoods is by providing trainings for the groups that are working in the neighborhoods. One such group, the AmeriCorps VISTAs working here in Indianapolis, received our introductory training on Asset-Based Community Development.

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is the foundation of the work done at INRC. Ashlee Weaver, AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni and INRC's Neighborhood Development Specialist for the East Side of Indianapolis, was honored to have the opportunity to share this concept with the current-year VISTAs in July. She said, “Asset-Based Community Development is the key to reversing the negative perceptions of some of our city’s communities. ABCD challenges community members, supporters, and stakeholders to shift the focus to the positive elements, instead of only concentrating on the negative ones.”

VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America and represents a commitment to building capacity and creating opportunities for underserved and marginalized communities. “An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions…that help eradicate poverty (www.nationalservice.gov, 2017).” The 12-month term of service will bring the participants face-to-face with real-life opportunities to create solutions where many have only seen concerns.

The VISTAs thoroughly enjoyed the training and were excited about receiving tools that they can translate into their work. One VISTA wants to “publicize to the patrons we serve what assets they can utilize in their communities,” and another plans to “think harder about ways I can incorporate ABCD into my VISTA projects.” As people begin to talk about the positive things, to feel encouraged to share what is working, and to learn of all the great resources in the neighborhood, the energy level will exponentially increase and residents will be much more encouraged to lead and participate in the positive developments that are occurring around them.

If you, your company, or organization would be interested in one of our trainings, please contact INRC to learn more!