Americorps vistas

Americorps vistas

The Wise Wonders Children's Museum is proud supporter and participant of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers. AmeriCorps is a national volunteer service supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors with a goal of "helping others and meeting critical needs in the community." To learn more about AmeriCorps, click here. To learn more about VISTA, an AmeriCorps program that focuses on building capacity for non-profit organizations that aid people struggling with poverty, click here.

Benjamin Page was a VISTA Summer Associate for 2018. He came all the way from Chicago, Illinois to help improve Wise Wonders, and was a huge fan of science! He always had a serious love for STEM because his dad was a geologist and my mom was a librarian. When he started learning to become a teacher, he made sure to put that love to work! His favorite part of Wise Wonders was the Summer Camp activities and weekly STEAM activities-- it was great having a chance to show something interesting to people, especially if they can take it home with them!"

Jordan was an AmeriCorps VISTA from Vermont where he attended Green Mountain College and worked in tech support. He served as a volunteer for Wise Wonders in summer 2018. He helped set up our Raspberry Pis, our 3D printer, the Time Machine Exhibit, and helped design our new website.

Veronica was an AmeriCorps volunteer from Pennsylvania who graduated with a bachelors in Library and Archival Sciences in 2016. She was excited to be helping a children's museum that is so dedicated to its community.

Raquel Zepeda served her AmeriCorps VISTA term during the summer of 2016. Back home in California, Raquel worked as a teacher. She spent her service building and leading the Wise Wonders summer camps, outreach events and programs.

Thomas Giallella graduated from UCF in Florida. He served his AmeriCorps VISTA term during the summer of 2016. Thomas spent his service building and leading the Wise Wonders summer camps, outreach events and programs. After AmeriCorps, Thomas plans to take a camping tour of national parks.

Morgan Gastineau is oringinally from Florida. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA from July 2016 to July 2017, and during that time she expanded the Museum's outreach, communications, marketing, programming, and more.

Apryl moved all the way from Grand Rapids, MI to serve at the Wise Wonders because she loves helping kids explore the wide world of science. She loves Wise Wonders because she believes it takes a certain level of order and chaos to appreciate how "stuff" works. Not only is she super passionate about science but she also loves acting, TedTalks and probably every Kevin Costner film ever made.

Anne was an AmeriCorps Vista from North Carolina where she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and recently graduated with degrees in both Exercise and Sport Science as well as Psychology and Neuroscience. While here, she worked on improving the museum and organizing events.

Alison was a Vista Summer Associate for 2019. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors of Science in Physics. While here, she was able to improve our YouTube channel and establish a book of the week collaboration with the Public Library.

Zoey is our current AmeriCorps VISTA from Maryland. She attended St. Mary's College of Maryland where she earned her Bachelors of Science is Psychology. While here, she hopes to increase volunteer participation and continue to build on the work the past VISTAs.

Claire is a 2019-20 JVC Northwest Americorps Member currently serving as our Outreach Educator. After growing up in Olathe, Kansas, Claire attended Creighton University where she gained a Bachelors of Science in biology with a minor in business administration. After her year of service, she hopes to attend dental school. Claire is excited to be spending this year with Wise Wonders and hopes to bolster the outreach program so that the important education Wise Wonders provides is accessible to all.