Introducing our new VISTA
I wanted to introduce everyone to our new VISTA Patty Wray. She comes to us from the Lifebridge/United Way Americorps* Vista program. She will be working with DAWG for the next year on three projects.
1) Hope In Hard Times a collaborative project of the Media Mobilizing Project (Philadelphia), Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary (New York), WV Headstart Association, and DAWG that will produce a documentary and a discussion guide that will focus on the value of Headstart to children and families in poverty in West Virginia.
2)Leadership Development identifies and supports leaders within their communities.DAWG has divided the state into 12 regions and is working to identify volunteer leaders in each region that will receive intensive training that they can in turn share with their communities.Often the language the state uses regarding public assistance benefits is not understandable by people with low reading levels.The
VISTA will develop a curriculum that will utilize adult literacy outreach to understand public assistance policies and application processes.
3)My Life: Literacy through writing your story.The idea behind this project is to hold regular workshops where people in poverty will learn literacy skills by writing their own personal stories that will then be compiled into an annual journal.The workshops will be offered to teens, adults, and entire families as a way to share their experiences while developing their reading and writing skills.
If you are interested in working with Patty on any of these projects you can contact her. Patty Wray