Monday, October 12, 2009

Americorps Vista Grant Awarded to Gordon in Lynn

Two weeks before graduation and on his birthday, Jon Nystedt ’09 received a gift many graduates hope for: a job. But Nystedt’s career began three years before, first as a volunteer with Gordon in Lynn, then as an intern with the program. During his senior year, he completed his academic requirements as a public relations intern with Girls Inc., a Gordon in Lynn partner organization.
Now, thanks to a grant through the Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) as an AmeriCorps VISTA worker, Nystedt is serving full-time with Gordon in Lynn, working closely with the Lynn Housing Authority and further developing its youth programs including the College Bound program coordinated by Gordon in Lynn. For six years Gordon has been present in Lynn through a unique campus/community partnership that brings energy and resources of Gordon’s community to organizations in Lynn. In turn, students learn from the diverse population and engage their studies in local issues. Through the MACC AmeriCorps VISTA, Gordon in Lynn hopes to improve its capacity to link campus resources with more community organizations.

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