Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Faces of Rural Action

Liz Bonny, AmeriCorps*VISTA with Youth Act
Submitted by Katy Sulfridge, former AmeriCorps*VISTA for Media

Liz Bonny is our current Youth Act VISTA, and she is being spotlighted for this edition of Faces of Rural Action. Liz has been serving with Rural Action since July of 2006, and while her term is scheduled to end in July of this summer, she plans on sticking around for another two months before heading to Kansas to be near family, and begin work on a Master of Social Work at the University of Kansas.

Liz working with her students at a bake sale!

Before coming to Rural Action, Liz, who originally hails from Teaneck, New Jersey, Liz worked with AmeriCorps State to coordinate a literacy program for youth while she was a student at Earlham University in Richmond, Indiana. Liz graduated from Earlham with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology, and says that the degree and her experience has been beneficial in her experience with Rural Action. "It challenged me to think broadly about society and culture, and our place in it. The schools and communities I work with have a different culture than what I grew up with and I have had to keep an open mind in adapting to others' ways of life."

Liz has been working with several area schools to coordinate service learning projects and other educational activities. Projects include a litter pick up, a benefit dance for My Sister's Place, and fundraising for the Youth Act Program.