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Program Updates and Notes from the Field

Dig deeper into stories of friendships, community and projects.

The
VISIONS
Blog

Program Updates and Notes from the Field

Spotlight: Kodee Cloninger

Spotlight: Kodee Cloninger

“VISIONS has taught me more about myself than I ever thought possible. Through its focus on community and communication it has given me the opportunity to accept myself for my greatest strengths and weaknesses…”

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Grow Your Grit with VISIONS

Grow Your Grit with VISIONS

What trait offers the best chance at future happiness and success? Not a high IQ. Not even innate talent. According to the educational research, it’s “grit.” At VISIONS, we’re well acquainted with grit. Over the last 30 years, we’ve watched our participants build it right before our very eyes.

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Spotlight: Amanda Pincock

Spotlight: Amanda Pincock

“The friendships I made with other leaders and staff has changed my life for the better. I’d also say that having the opportunity to be placed in a community and live there for a summer, and being accepted by and working with people who have sometimes spent their lives there, was a blessing I will never take for granted…”

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Spotlight: Eliza Trainer

Spotlight: Eliza Trainer

The entire trip was very challenging and pushed me to step out of my comfort zone, and I learned so much in doing so. I want to continue to challenge myself and put myself in situations that will help me grow because it feels amazing to help others while having fun and learning at the same time.

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Spotlight: Molly Williams

Spotlight: Molly Williams

Something that makes me hopeful for the future is knowing how even though America and Peru were so different, we could still relate to the locals through shared passions and humor. It’s nice to be reminded that we all share the same humanity.

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Spotlight: Jarin Mandros

Spotlight: Jarin Mandros

I want to make people notice. We are all so focused on our own things and we never realize what is happening with the people around us. Giving back to the community is something very important to me and I would like to get as many people involved as I can.

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Spotlight: Andrew Goodrum

Spotlight: Andrew Goodrum

VISIONS taught me to be a lot more appreciative of everything I have in my life and to stop dwelling on the small things in life. Focus on the future because if you keep looking back you’re going to trip going forward.

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Spotlight: Claire Hortens

Spotlight: Claire Hortens

[The experiences] have reminded me how healthy it feels to be uncomfortable, and to start by listening. They have taught me how to invest in every step of a process, how to care about having the hard conversations. VISIONS has been the backbone of my pursuit of social work and social justice for as long as I can remember.

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30 Years Strong

30 Years Strong

This summer, VISIONS turns 30. As one of the longest-running international teen service programs around, we’re proud of our age. Over the years we’ve forged deep friendships, completed successful projects and changed lives.

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VISIONS Alums Returning in 2018

VISIONS Alums Returning in 2018

Double VISIONS: Participants return for another summer with VISIONS Many of our teens love their VISIONS experience so much they sign up for a second summer (and in some cases, a third or fourth!). Meet a few of our recent alums who are already signed up...

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