2021-2022 Civic Scholars: Isabella Anderson

My name is Isabella Anderson, and my major is Democracy and Justice Studies with an emphasis in legal studies. I also have two minors which are criminal justice and political science. The internship that I am involved in this semester is with the House of Hope in Green Bay and my supervisor is Beth Hudak. My role in this internship was to do research and create a one-pager with Bresa and then present it to Representative Shelton. Our goal is to get the 2019 Wisconsin Act 22 amended so that unaccompanied youth can receive primary health care in the state of Wisconsin.

The thing I found most rewarding in this experience was learning about the struggles of unaccompanied youth. Being able to see how many youths are affected by not being able to receive health care was truly eye-opening and I am glad I got to learn about it on a whole other level. Another thing that was extremely rewarding was getting to present our one-pager to Representative Shelton because it makes me feel like all our hard work will go somewhere, even after the internship is over.

Isabella Anderson
Isabella Anderson
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AmeriCorps VISTA 2021-2022

We said our goodbyes to Brad R., our first AmeriCorps VISTA at the Center. Brad is off to Texas to pursue a graduate degree. He helped with our Civic Scholars 2020-2021 cohort and also established a program evaluation. We are so thankful for all his work! You can read more about Brad’s work with the Center here. With that said, we welcomed Lilly Vang as our AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2021-2022 service year this past July.

Words from Lilly:

I hope to continue the program evaluation as well as develop resources to promote and create knowledge of the Center. I have a passion for education and I hope that I can bring my skills and knowledge to this role. I am an alumna of UWGB and I am excited to be back!

AmeriCorps VISTA:

The mission of AmeriCorps VISTA is to fight against poverty across the U.S. VISTAs serve through capacity building such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment. The AmeriCorps VISTA program utilizes different organizations to serve the community. The four focus areas are:

  • Education (school readiness, K-12 success, post-secondary support, STEM)
  • Economic Opportunity (financial literacy, housing, workforce development)
  • Healthy futures (food security, opioid prevention/recovery, wellness)
  • Veterans and Military Families (education, economic opportunity, healthy futures for Veterans and military families)

Here at UW – Green Bay, our VISTA works with Campus Compact in the education aspect.

For more information regarding AmeriCorps VISTA, visit: https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-vista.

Campus Compact:

Campus Compact is a national organization focused on creating relationships between the college and community, fostering the relationship of the two, and preparing students to become civically engaged. Their three impact areas are:

  • Institutional Action and Partnerships
  • Teaching and Research
  • Higher Education for Democracy

Through participation of Campus Compact, institutions receive support for the activities that reinforce these practices.

Campus Compact also hosts the Newman Civic Fellowship. Read more about it here: https://compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship/#1540587500936-0a596b01-9605

For more information regarding Campus Compact, visit: https://compact.org/