The Shriver Center and UMBC specifically, was one of the founding partners with what is now known as The Maryland-DC Campus Compact, a non-profit membership association of public, private, 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. MDCCC provides leadership to colleges and universities in Maryland and Washington, D.C. by advocating, supporting, and encouraging institutional participation in academic and co-curricular based public service and civic engagement programs. MDCCC strengthens the capacity of member institutions to enhance student learning and to meaningfully engage with communities. MDCCC is supported through a combination of institutional dues, federal and private grants, and in-kind contributions. The MDCCC office is housed by Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
Maryland-DC Campus Compact VISTA programs join the mission of Campus Compact and AmeriCorps VISTA through projects that build campus-community partnerships to fight poverty. Through the Campus Compact VISTA program, we alleviate poverty by strengthening communities and developing our leaders.
Christie, a native of Towson, MD, has lived in the greater Baltimore area for her entire life. She graduated in 2015 with a BA in Global Studies and minor in Spanish from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. During this time, she was very involved in public service and developed a particular interest in education for immigrants and refugees, serving and working with BCCC Refugee Youth Project, Esperanza Center, International Rescue Committee, and Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, among others. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to spend the next year continuing this work as a VISTA. In the future, Christie hopes to explore ways to enhance educational programming for foreign-born students and speakers of other languages in the United States.
Project: The UMBC/BCCC Refugee Youth Project VISTA partnership has designed and implemented College JUMP (Journey Upward Mentoring Program), a college access initiative for refugees, currently in its pilot year. UMBC undergraduate students volunteer as near-peer mentors to 11th and 12th grade refugee students in Baltimore City and County. Mentors and mentees meet on a weekly basis to go over college exploration, application, and preparation. They also participate in monthly events and/or workshops, aimed to expose students to various aspects of college life. Ultimately, College JUMP strives to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to gain admission and free prepared for success in postsecondary institutions.
To learn more about MDCC, visit: http://www.mdccc.org
To learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA, visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista