Submitted by Kaleema B., outgoing VISTA Team Leader at GHCC
“What do you do all day? What does a VISTA Leader do?” My sister asked me when I began my VISTA Leader year at GHCC. I stumbled through an answer of “well, you know,” and “so many things, it is so complicated,” but truthfully, I was still unsure what to tell her. I am a cog in a machine, I am an advocate, I lead? None of those expressions helped me define my position.
At PSO I was told I should find a role to play in my organization with our VISTA members. I told my moderator I was worried I wouldn’t be the kind of leader my members needed. He told me I would make a perfect coach.
AmeriCorps*VISTA will always be a way for anyone to learn a new skill, trade, and way to look at the world around them. It is not an easy job, but learning something new never should be. I will now go on to a new adventure in which I will once again struggle to tell everyone what it is that I am doing and why, but I will do the best I possibly can.
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who supported me in this new endeavor, who allowed for me to make mistakes and helped me to learn from them. Good luck to the new group of VISTA members who will be taking over our positions next year. I hope you are ready to learn!