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Meet MAVA VISTA Member: Courtney Johnson

Hannah Gerdes
VISTA Member: Courtney Johnson

Site: Community Involvement Programs (CIP)

Project Focus: Economic Opportunity

Why did you make the choice to serve a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member?
I am taking a gap year between my undergrad and grad schooling and I wanted to make the most out of my year through experience. I decided that serving a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member would be the best way to have a successful gap year and still push me to go back to school once my year is over.

What are you working on this year?
This year I am working on growing our volunteer program to help my organization. I am also helping the Volunteer Coordinator to devise a plan about nutrition and health to support our participants to live their greatest (and healthiest) lives.

What do you hope to do in the future and how is VISTA supporting that?

My long term goal is to become a doctor in the ER. VISTA is supporting my goal by building my resume, giving me connections and experience networking, and by the Education Award.