Rebekah Hedgepath is the Student Transitions Coordinator of Americorps-VISTA

Age: 37
Experience:  I am a military wife and mother of 3 children.  Through my children I have experienced several of the school in our school district (East, Freedom, WSGC, WMDS, WHS, and WCC) I have received my associates degree in CMA and my bachelors degree in American History.  I have volunteered for 4 years for the JROTC RAIDERS.  I have volunteered for the school district for several years.
Hometown: St. Robert
Education: B.A., American History, Columbia College, Fort Leonard Wood
Family: Husband, Robert Hedgepath; Daughter Salenna Hedgepath, a Sr. at WHS; Oldest son Hunter Hedgepath, a Sophomore at WHS; Youngest son Archer Hedgepath, a 7th grader at WMDS.
What do you like about volunteering for AmeriCorps VISTA?
I have loved being able to participate in the emergence of the Student Voice through the VISTA programs.  A great example of these took place during the MLK day of Service and also during the Snack In A Pack (SIAP) Dodgebrawl fundraiser.   During both of these events Students at the WMDS, WHS and WCC used their voice to created videos that both expressed their views on service and promoted local awareness and needs.
What do you do for AmeriCorps VISTA?
I am the Student Transitions Coordinator.  
What have you learned about your community through AmeriCorps VISTA?
There are so many people in the community who are eager to help.  Many of them are simply looking for the opportunity to lend a helping hand to the school and to the community.
How is working/volunteering for AmeriCorps VISTA different from other positions you have held in the past?
 Working for AmeriCorps VISTA is about service not “serve us.”  It is about seeing a finding a need and full filling that need.

Why did you decide to work for AmeriCorps VISTA?
 I wanted a chance to serve and I also wanted the work experience.

What are you most proud of from your time spent as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member?
As I mentioned above, it has been a very powerful experience to see our youth develop and find new ways to express themselves. The MLK day of Service the Snack In A Pack (SIAP) Dodgebrawl fundraiser were events that made me very proud to be a Waynesville AmeriCorps VISTA Member.

About AmeriCorps VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years. Waynesville VISTA members serve full-time for one year at the Waynesville R-VI School District or nonprofit community organization.
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