Meet our 2013-2014 AmeriCorps VISTAs – Patrick Duffy

December 29, 2013
by Cristina Tolentino AmeriCorps *VISTA

Meet Patrick Duffy, his focus as a VISTA will be on Programs & Evaluation

 Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
 Education: Ohio University

Five fun facts about you
1. I am a Beatles fanatic.
2. My favorite author is the late David Foster Wallace.
3. I love all animals, specifically dogs and horses.
4. I am of predominantly Irish ancestry, and have many relatives that live in Ireland.
5. I love a good sense of humor, and my favorite comedian is   Larry David, the creator of Seinfeld.

What motivated you to become a VISTA?

I believe that it is our first responsibility as citizens of the world to make sure we take proper care our planet, and all of its inhabitants. I want to dedicate my life to fulfilling this responsibility, and I believe the VISTA program will allow me to begin doing just that.

Quote you live by
“And in the end the love you take, is equal to the love you make.”- Paul McCartney

December 28, 2012  /  No Comments ››

Meet our 2013-2014 AmeriCorps VISTAs – Sarah Kimbrough

December 27, 2013
by Cristina Tolentino AmeriCorps *VISTA

(Our 2nd post in our  incoming VISTA spotlight Series)

Meet Sarah Kimbrough!
Her focus as an AmeriCorps VISTA will be on fund and resource development.

Hometown: San Gabriel, CA
Education: BA in Anthropology, minor in art from CSULA

Five fun facts:

1. I ran hurdles on the track and field team at CSULA.
2. I can speak Māori, the indigenous language of New Zealand.
3. I’ve traveled to 9 different countries, yet only 2 states outside of California.
4. I was voted Class Clown in high school.
5. I can play kulintang, a Filipino gong instrument.

Why did you decide to join AmeriCorps VISTA?

I was motivated to become an AmeriCorps VISTA member because I saw my cousin go through the program and was inspired to do the same.  I believe in working towards ending poverty and education is one of the best ways to do so!

Quote to Live By:

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.”
-Karl Marx


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Meet our 2013-2014 AmeriCorps VISTAs – Justin Tucker

December 20, 2013

by AmeriCorps *VISTA Cristina Tolentino

In February 2013, TAM will be welcoming three new AmeriCorps VISTAs to continue the efforts to restructure and support existing  programs and improve the tools created by past VISTAs to ensure TAM’s sustainability and future. They will be focusing on the areas of fund and resource development, programs & evaluation, and volunteer recruitment/management. TAM is grateful for these three individuals commitment to eliminating poverty through education and serving with AmeriCorps.

*This post is part of a series spotlighting the newest additions to the TAM team.

Justin Tucker – Volunteer Recruitment AmeriCorps *VISTA

 Hometown: I’m from Port St. Lucie, Florida

 Education: I hung out at a Indian River State College for a few years

 Five fun facts:
 1) I’m terrible at answering list-based questions about myself.
2)I’ve lived in 7 cities in 6 states in the past few years
3) I once broke a world record, but it has since been beaten.
4) I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a pear.
5) I think I’m double jointed.

 Why did you decide to join AmeriCorps VISTA?

I was so excited to be a part of VISTA because it was a stellar  way to serve my community full time!


Quote to Live By:

“There are two things that I want you to make up your minds to: first, that you are going to have a good time as long as you live – I have no use for the sour-faced man – and next, that you are going to do something worthwhile, that you are going to work hard and do the things you set out to do.” Teddy Roosevelt

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Long Beach BLAST Partners with TAM for Academic Mentoring Program

December 14, 2012
by Program Director Myra Petgrave


In a partnership started by former AmeriCorps VISTA Wayne Huang, Long Beach BLAST and TAM completed its pilot Academic Mentoring Program with 10 students and three mentors. The mentors helped mentees with homework, additional reading skills, emphasized the importance of academics, and provided encouragement for their mentees’ success.

Mentor Belinda had this to say about working with her mentee Harmonie: “Working with Harmonie has truly been fulfilling. Harmonie is a very hard worker and has a strong desire to learn. Harmonie is always happy and smiling and ready to learn. I have enjoyed working with Harmonie and I hope she always continue to work hard. I am really going to miss Harmonie and Skyla.”

Mentee Harmonie had this to say about having a mentor and positive role model: “Belinda is my favorite tutor and I feel happy with her!”

The mission of Long Beach BLAST (Better Learning for All Students Today) is to improve success for at-risk students through collaboration and innovative approaches to mentoring and learning.

If you and your child(ren) are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact or call 310-618-1155 to enroll. Space is limited and based on mentor availability.


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High School Students Complete Fundamentals Course

December 16, 2012
by AmeriCorps*VISTA Catherine Bradshaw

This weekend, TAM recognized twenty-five students for their participation in the High School Fundamentals of Aviation program, sponsored by California Community Foundation’s Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow grant.  As part of the program, students met with guest speakers, took flight lessons, had ground school classes with SkyWest volunteers, and produces presentations on aviation topics.









During the ceremony, students presented to a panel of judges including SkyWest volunteers, commercials pilots, engineers, and our keynote speaker, Navy Lt. Nathan Brown.  Later in the day, Lt. Brown spoke on the importance of perseverance and discussed with families career paths to becoming a military pilot.  Nathan Jaramillo, Francisco Lomeli, Ariana Thompson, and Martin Vargas also received Superstars awards recognizing their excellent attendance, pursuit of knowledge, and high quality classwork.  Their award included a flight lesson to help them continue their aviation education.

 TAM would like to thank all of our volunteers who made this program possible – Shivaun Jones, Jorge Badel, Tom Witts, and many more!  Their hard work as expert mentors and instructors made it possible to offer this program at no cost to the students.  Students interested in applying for the spring session should contact Catherine at or 310.618.1155 for an application and eligibility requirements.


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