Two more AmeriCorps*VISTAs have each completed a year of service to fight poverty through education at TAM. Catherine Bradshaw Program VISTA and Cristina Tolentino Development VISTA recruited new students, volunteers, and donors to support TAM’s mission.
Together, they worked tirelessly to build TAM’s partnerships with Compton Unified School District, Compton High, Davis Middle School, El Camino College Project Success, Google LAX, US Coast Guard, California Community Foundation Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow, Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds, and families. They helped build and improve our databases for tracking donors, volunteers, and students. Catherine and Cristina made it possible for TAM to serve more students while improving the afterschool program with a new High School Fundamentals of Aviation curriculum. They spent many hours sharing TAM’s mission and their passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to recruit new students and volunteers.
Catherine’s favorite thing about working at TAM was getting to know the students and watching them grow: “Even in one short year, I saw them make huge strides in their ability to communicate with others, seek out help when needed, and be confident when trying new things. It was so rewarding to be a part of that process, and I hope that my work contributes to making a great environment where more students can continue to grow on personal, scholastic, and professional levels.”
Cristina is currently serving a second year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member with Coaching Corps to improve the health, educational and social outcomes for kids living in struggling communities through the power of service and sports.
“We are so thankful for the AmeriCorps*VISTAs, and how much time and talent they have given to support TAM’s mission and the community we serve,” said Founder and Executive Director Robin Petgrave.