FL|CC AmeriCorps VISTA Initiative
The FL|CC AmeriCorps VISTA Initiative contributes to the missions of FL|CC and the Corporation for National and Community
Service by placing VISTA members with colleges, universities and community-based organizations. The FL|CC AmeriCorps VISTA Initiative
provides resources, networking opportunities, and training for VISTA members. FL|CC VISTA members work to combat poverty through
leveraging higher education resources to build the capacity of local non-profit organizations and through recruiting and training college students
to provide college access mentoring for youth. FL|CC VISTA members are successfully building bridges between the classrooms and
communities by connecting educators, students, and community partners to improve education and address societal needs through campus-community
partnerships, applied civic education, and engaged citizenship. Students are learning from being engaged in meaningful service opportunities that
create positive change in communities.
Founded as Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) in 1965 and incorporated into the
AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years. VISTA
members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health
services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. More than 170,000 Americans have served through VISTA. Today, nearly 6,000
VISTA members serve throughout the country.
VISTA Service Stories
Nicholas Manting-Brewer - AmeriCorps VISTA Special Recognition Winner
Nicholas Manting-Brewer (center) working for Habitat for Humanity.
Nicholas Manting Brewer is a FL|CC AmeriCorps VISTA member in the office of Community of Engagement and Service Learning at New College of
Florida, where he serves as a Volunteer Coordinator. Nicholas established key partnerships with Meals on Wheels of Sarasota and Manatee County Habitat
for Humanity. He serves as the Staff Advisor to the New College of Florida Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which he helped charter with student
leaders. Through his digital filmmaking skills, he has given voice to many underrepresented agencies in our community, establishing social media interns
within our community partners and working with faculty to ensure a diverse representation of voices in their programs. He also organized and led fall and
spring break service activities, providing immersion opportunities for our students to further learn about poverty in our community. Nicholas is a 2012
graduate of New College of Florida, where he majored in Cultural Anthropology.
Tom Earl - AmeriCorps VISTA Special Recognition Winner
Tom (3rd from right front) with ANYTOWN™ volunteer staff with whom he conducted workshops, co-facilitated with other
volunteers diversity content and mentored high school youth.
Tom Earl served as a FL|CC AmeriCorps VISTA at Community Tampa Bay from June of 2011 to June 2013. Since that time, he actualizes Community
Tampa Bay's vision of a community free from all forms of discrimination by cultivating leaders to change their communities. Tom Earl received his Bachelors
in Africolgy from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He co-facilitated Be Intentional Institutes and mentors, recruits and engages high school teens
in our ANYTOWN™ program. During his term, the Be Intentional Institute provided 341 diverse youth with dialogue, conflict mediation, diversity
education, and facilitation skills. In addition, Tom is an engaging and captivating spoken word artist with a social conscious agenda.
Tom (2nd from left back) is engaging in dialogue with youth during a session of ANYTOWN™.
Tom (center) pinning a graduate of the ANYTOWN™ program during the closing ceremony.