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Reflections of Service from an AmeriCorps VISTA

My year as an AmeriCorps VISTA for CASE for Kids was wonderful. I truly have felt that in my short time with CASE Debates that I have made a positive difference for the 300 students that we serve. I have learned so much about community engagement, leveraging resources, and more about how school districts within Harris County operate. It was rewarding to organize tournaments and help oversee the administrative aspects of this incredible debate program. As a former high school debater, it made me smile to see students questioning the world around them. I’m happy to have had part in their education and keeping them safe.

CASE Debates provides the skills for students to live more fulfilling lives and the education to rise above poverty. Despite the challenges, COVID-19, the living stipend, and others I would do this year all over again, exactly the same way.