Kyra Wisneski

Montana Blackfeet Leader

1. What inspired you to join VISIONS?

Traveling not only broadens our horizons but also exposes us to diverse cultures, perspectives, and ways of life. VISIONS offers students an amazing chance to step outside their comfort zones and immerse themselves in a new community, fostering empathy, understanding, and personal growth. I am so excited to work with students as we navigate a new setting together!

2. What experiences have shaped your passion for community service and youth development?

For the last two years, I have worked at Global Links, a nonprofit in Pittsburgh dedicated to providing healthcare for all. Global Links’ dedication to providing healthcare for all has not only exposed me to the critical needs within our community but has also shown me the immense impact that dedicated individuals can have on addressing these needs. Through my time at Global Links, I’ve had the opportunity to engage directly with the community, whether it’s through organizing medical supply drives, participating in health education initiatives, or collaborating with regular volunteers. These experiences have underscored the importance of community involvement and collective action in creating meaningful change.

Some of the most enthusiastic volunteers have been high school students. I am passionate about engaging young people because education and empowerment at a young age can shape our future trajectory and instill a lifelong commitment to service and community involvement.

3. What is your favorite achievement?

Last summer I received a grant through the University of Pittsburgh to conduct research in Valladolid, Mexico. During those six weeks in Mexico, I delved into a research project that not only expanded my academic horizons but also enriched my understanding of the local culture and way of life. Exploring Valladolid, interacting with its residents, and collaborating with local experts provided me with invaluable insights that I could never have gained from a textbook alone. It was also incredibly challenging at times. I am the most proud of the way I tackled the language barrier and embraced change and uncertainty!

4. What is your favorite place you’ve traveled?

Seville, Spain!

5. What is the best advice you’ve received?

My grandpa once told me, “Everything works out in the end, and if it hasn’t worked out, it isn’t the end.” Whenever I am stressed or anxious, I remember this!

6. What do you hope to accomplish this summer?

I’m excited to explore new avenues of learning and self-discovery. Additionally, I’m eager to invest in the growth and development of students. Whether through mentoring, tutoring, or leading programs, I aim to provide students with the support and guidance they need to thrive.

7. What are you most excited about this summer?

It is hard to choose just one thing, but if I had to, I would say I am most excited about meeting new people and being in nature!

8. If you had to give one piece of advice or words of encouragement to someone on their first VISIONS experience, what would it be?

This is also my first VISIONS experience, so we are in this together! General travel advice I live by is to be flexible and adapt. Things might not always go as planned, but this tends to be when the fun begins!

 

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