IMPROVE the quality of teaching and learning throughout New Hampshire institutions of higher education.

PROVIDE leadership throughout the state and nation to reinvigorate the civic and moral leadership of higher education in ways that connect colleges and universities with the communities and constituencies they serve.

PROMOTE citizenship education by expanding higher education's role in educating students not only for careers and jobs but also for their roles as active and engaged community members.

AmeriCorps*VISTA

Our Objectives
The Northern New England AmeriCorps VISTA Collaboration is comprised of the Campus Compact state affiliates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  The collaboration is based on mutual interest in supporting service and service-learning focused on anti-poverty measures across the more than seventy colleges and universities in our collective memberships.  The goal of our VISTA project is focused on the development of programming on campuses across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that will increase access and retention to higher education for low income individuals by providing programming focused on improving college aspirations, promoting the belief that college is an option and increasing access to higher education for low income individuals seeking higher education.

Lincoln Financial Foundation Funds VISTA Program to Help Low-Income Students Succeed in College

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2017-2018 CCNH AmeriCorps VISTA Members:

Beth AndersonSouthern New Hampshire University

Beth Anderson is originally from Massachusettes and attended Southern New Hampshire University where she majored in Developmental Psychology.  While at SNHU, Beth became very involved with the Center for Community Engaged Learning on campus.  Through the center she was able to volunteer with various nonprofits and community centers.  After graduating, Beth worked in the Dominican Republic for Outreach360, whose mission is to enhance the education of underserved children in Latin America through their service learning program.  As a VISTA at SNHU, Beth will develop campus and community partnerships to increase SNHU’s work with Manchester students at risk of not completing high school or not pursuing higher education.

Caitlin CavanaughGEAR UP Southwest Region

Caitlin is a New Hampshire resident who attended Keene State College where she majored in Psychology.  Before starting at Keene, Caitlin participated in Upward Bound at Keene State College which is a year-round college preparatory program that prepares students for success in high school and enrollment in college.  This makes Caitlin the perfect VISTA for GEAR UP in the Southwest/Claremont region, based out of Claremont Middle School.  The mission of GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of low-income middle school and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.  As a GEAR UP VISTA, Caitlin will work with the schools in the Southwest Region of the state to improve high school graduation, college going and first year retention rates.

Ashley DailyDartmouth College

Ashley is from New York and went to SUNY College at Brockport where she majored in Communications and English.  Ashley has a strong desire to serve others and to engage in communities other than her own.  While in college, Ashley was able to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland and intern at a nonprofit which solidified this desire for her.  As a VISTA at Dartmouth College, Ashley will be serving primarily with the SEAD (Summer Enrichment At Dartmouth) Program.  In this capacity, she will be serving as a program coordinator responsible for developing youth programming to be delivered by Dartmouth College interns during their placements at high schools.  Ashley will help train, coach and support interns, develop new structures and programming for long-term mentoring/tutoring, and support program assessment.

Aarron DupuisGEAR UP North Country

Aarron is from Berlin, NH and attended Colby-Sawyer College for his undergrad where he majored in Psychology.  He is currently attending SNHU online working towards his Master’s in Business Administration.  As someone who grew up in the North Country, Aarron is the perfect person to be the GEAR UP VISTA for the North Country, based out of White Mountains Community College.  Aarron wants to help students who may not think that college is an option.  He hopes to encourage them to pursue their dream.  As a GEAR UP VISTA, Aarron will work with the schools in the North Country of the state to improve high school graduation, college going, and first year retention rates of students from one of the three most resource challenged areas of the state.

Krystina GibbonsManchester Community College

Krystina is a New Hampshire native who earned her Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from NHTI, Concord’s Community College and then went on to get her Bachelor’s in Justice Studies from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her goal is to be able to help youth understand their place in the world, let them know that they are not alone, and let them explore their interests in a nurturing environment.  As the VISTA at Manchester Community College, Krystina will promote the success of MCC students of culturally diverse backgrounds who attend the school by further developing the MCC Multicultural Center, developing a Multicultural Students Services Team, and linking students to the co-curricular aspects of college life.

Leighton KeithClaremont School District

Leighton is originally from Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City majoring in General Education before moving to Claremont.  Leighton would like to be in a career field related to childhood education or childhood development and he feels that doing a year of service, specifically in a school district, will help him better understand the challenges facing educators today.  As a VISTA with the Claremont School District, Leighton will provide integral logistical support to carry out the vision and mission of the Claremont Learning Partnership which is to increase educational access, attainment, and opportunity for all.

Mackenzie MurphyNashua Community College

Mackenzie is from New Hampshire and attended Nashua Community College where she received her Associate’s in Teacher Education/Educator Preparation.  While at Nashua Community College Mackenzie was very involved in Student Life including the Student Senate. She served as Student Senate President.  Mackenzie has also won the President’s Leadership Award given out at the annual Presidents’ Awards hosted by Campus Compact.  As a VISTA at Nashua Community College, Mackenzie will facilitate student success by helping to increase student and community engagement with a continued focus on student leadership, service, faculty and staff engagement, and community education.

Larissa StrigaNHTI, Concord’s Community College

Larissa is originally from New York and attended Suffolk County Community College where she got her Associate’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences before moving on to Granite State College where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology.  Before going on to graduate school, Larissa decided to do a year of service promoting higher education and her belief that it can change lives.  She has a goal to make a meaningful contribution at a higher education institution to improve the organization’s capacity to serve underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation students and to improve the success and well-being of the college’s community.  With Larissa’s passion for higher education and her dream of working in higher education with first-generation students, a VISTA position with Campus Compact was the perfect place for her.  As a VISTA at NHTI in the Student Life office, Larissa will work to increase the accessibility and retention to higher education for low-income students in the greater Concord area.