9 Feb

 For the next few months, we will be introducing the PCRG community to our latest AmeriCorps VISTAs. Get to know our cohort as each member will be featured on our blog and in our newsletter!

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Outreach VISTA: Rosalie Evans

Rosalie VISTA

 

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Placement

Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group

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Tell us a little about yourself

I grew up east of Pittsburgh with my parents and three older sisters. As a family, we spent a lot of time camping and having really competitive board game tournaments.  These are still two of my favorite hobbies, but I would also add going to concerts/amusement parks and searching for the best loaded nachos in the City of Pittsburgh.  I studied Communication Arts and Community & Justice Studies at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and while this was a great four years, I’m glad to be back in Pittsburgh and surrounded by a more solid base of Pittsburgh sports fans.

 

Why did you decide to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA?

I saw AmeriCorps VISTA as the perfect opportunity to put my theoretical knowledge into practice, as my passions and goals align directly with AmeriCorps mission and vision in a number of ways.  I was also drawn to the VISTA Program because it does not focus on direct services, but on institutional changes that have lasting, permanent effects for partner organizations.

 

What goals do you have for your service term?

My goals for the year are to learn about the community development work that is occurring in Pittsburgh and to gain as much hands on experience as possible. I’m excited for the opportunity to engage directly with PCRG’s members and their communities, and I hope I’m able to have a positive impact and assist in building capacity.

 

What projects are you currently working on with VISTA?

One of my current projects is to reach out to PCRG’s member organizations and offer any support and services that would help them implement a lasting change.  I am currently working with Tube City Renaissance In McKeesport and assisting Fineview and Perry Hilltop conduct research for their community plan.

My other main project is organizing an Alternative Spring Break trip that will be spending a week of service here in Pittsburgh in March.  I am working with a group of ten students from the Indiana University Purdue University of Indiana and four of PCRG’s membership organizations.  The students will spend a day completing direct service in each of these communities while learning about issues of gentrification and the work that is being done to redevelop some of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods.

 

What are your plans after VISTA?

After VISTA, I hope to pursue a fulfilling career with community development non-profit organizations here in Pittsburgh.

 

Caley Yakemowicz

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader at Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Caley Yakemowicz is a Pittsburgh native who has just returned after years of living away in Atlanta, Georgia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She studied Political Science and International Studies at Penn State Behrend and she is currently serving her second term with AmeriCorps as the PCRG VISTA Leader. Caley can usually be found in the Strip District eating Primanti Brothers or running around the city in her Steeler poncho with a Terrible Towel in hand.

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