Reflections from Enterprise New York's 2019-2020 AmeriCorps VISTA Cohort
For the past four years, Enterprise New York has hosted AmeriCorps VISTA service fellows to support programmatic work.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is one of three national service programs within the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that leads service, volunteering, and grant-making efforts nationwide. VISTAs work full time for one year in capacity-building roles at nonprofit organizations.
As their year at Enterprise comes to a close, read on for snapshot of what the VISTAs have been working on and what they will take away from their time at Enterprise.
Sabrina Howard, Most Vulnerable Populations VISTA
Sabrina supported Enterprise New York’s economic mobility initiatives and senior-focused housing solutions. A highlight from her VISTA experience has been working alongside local partners who aim to make social services more accessible and help residents become more financially empowered throughout their communities. Through her work she gained a deeper understanding of the intersections of housing and economic security, health, and education. Sabrina looks forward to growing in her professional career particularly with organizations that are dedicated to improving community health and prevention. She will be taking the tools and skills she learned at Enterprise with her as she starts her Masters of Public Health program this fall.
Oskar Dye-Furstenberg, Public Housing VISTA
As the VISTA on the Public Housing team, Oskar provided logistical support, research assistance, and thought partnership on program design, evaluation, and management. He participated in the kick-off of the Community Organizer Fellowship and the Housing Choice Mobility programs. Oskar had the chance to learn extensively about the challenges and initiatives that are affecting public housing communities and stakeholders. As he takes his next step, he seeks to refine his abilities to apply research to practice, work collaboratively in community-based settings, and to build greater democratic accountability and economic equity in our institutions and society.
Jackie Bein, Capital Solutions & Communications VISTA
As part of the Capital Solutions and Communications teams, Jackie primarily worked on the New York office’s Faith-Based Development Initiative (FBDI) and supported the creation of internal and external communications. A highlight of working on the faith program was learning alongside the faith-based organizations about the many considerations that go into determining the feasibility of an affordable housing development. Jackie appreciated how her work reporting on programs across the office for blogs, newsletters, and marketing materials connected her to the breadth of Enterprise’s work across capital, programs and policy. Her time at Enterprise has been a valuable introduction to the community development field as she begins a Masters in Urban Planning program.
Sabrina, Oskar and Jackie look forward to staying connected with Enterprise in the future, and they welcome the incoming cohort of VISTAs to Enterprise New York.