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BGCIC VISTA Speaks at Celebration in Washington, D.C.

On February 25, 2015 Stephanie Lefthand, member of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country AmeriCorps*VISTA Project, found herself at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C, where a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the VISTA program was taking place, preparing to give a speech. Stephanie was invited by the Corporation for National & Community Service to speak about her terms of service as a VISTA member, first with the Native Services Unit in Dallas, TX, and then with the Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Ignacio, CO.

What made it worth it for Stephanie to travel all of the way from Colorado to Washington D.C. just to deliver a 10 minute speech? It was an opportunity to share her personal experience about the importance of AmeriCorps in Indian Country and explain how her service as a VISTA member has been part of her journey “to see [her] culture and [her] community as the heroes of [her] story”. Stephanie did an incredible job representing the BGCIC VISTA project and Native communities everywhere. Watch the 10 minute video here. Way to go Stephanie!

Did you know that some of the first VISTA’s ever to serve were placed on Native lands in and around New Mexico? At New Mexico’s VISTA 50th Anniversary event in September there will be an opportunity to shine the light on VISTA service in Indian Country by sharing historic stories of service. If you or someone you know is a VISTA alum who served on Native lands in or around New Mexico please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how you could be involved in this event.

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