Finally, here in Alaska, 2021 service participants earned in excess of $1 million in Segal education awards. Putting aside the community-building and other soft skill aspects of service toward which so many volunteers gravitate, this is one of the biggest tangible benefits of national service. I would be equally interested to see data on those members who took advantage of the federal competitive hiring exemption upon service completion, as it is yet another measure of service commitment.
As we come out of this year's early recruitment for full-year positions (we will commence another one in late spring in anticipation of a mid-August start date), it is clear that no matter how sluggish national service recruitment may be across the country, Alaska, and specifically Fairbanks, remains a strong place to flex community service muscle and learn about a corner of the country where the food scene is great, and weather conditions (it currently is 5 degrees Farenheit!) serve as their own extreme sport.
Speakers' Series Takes Shape
As part of the VISTA cohort's greater professional development, we have started scheduling a Speakers' Series touching on topics in which the cohort member themselves have indicated an interest. All guest speaker events are open to the community, either in person at Fairbanks City Hall or via Zoom. The VISTA office looks forward to hosting this series, which will continue beyond Quarter 1 of 2022.
Denise Lavoie, VISTA Team Leader
Thank You 2020-2022 VISTAs!
Video By: Kenzley Defler, VISTA Leader 2020-2021