Being a Better VISTA
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The Alpena School District in Arkansas trains its teachers using this series of simple walkthroughs on Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Calendar.
The site includes links to Google's official help sites for each of those apps.
Working with Students
- Working with Future First-Generation College Students
PSP VISTA Shayley Warner, along with Cheryl Simons at Box Elder Middle School, developed a manual for working with first-gen college students while they are still in middle or high school. Check it out by clicking here!
- Improving Attendance for Our Most Vulnerable Students
Put on a few times a year by the Attendance Works organization. Click here to view the training slides, and here to view the training discussion guide! Also, take a look at their an executive summary on steps to aligning school and community resources to reduce chronic absenteeism.
Communication and Writing
No time? Long boring webinar make you sad? Just flip through the PowerPoint.
- Communicating Your Value and Successes
Feel proud of all the work you are doing as a VISTA? Not sure how to communicate that to your Site Supervisor or coworkers? Take a look at this simple work sheet, created by PSP VISTA Jason Jensen, for some direction on how to "Toot Your Horn."
- Writing a Federal Resume
Hoping to apply for a federal job and looking for tips on how to prepare your resume? Check out these resources: federal resume writing slideshow and federal resume handout.
Harnessing Social Media
Download the PowerPoint.
GovDelivery, the federal government's main digital communication consultants, offer a series of free guides on how to best reach the population you serve. For a quick primer, check out The Guide to Digital Outreach and Engagement.
Grant Writing & Soliciting Donations
Download the text version of the presentation.
- Donation Letter Templates & Guidance
Download and alter these templates to fit your needs!Look over this doc for help on how to solicit donations in the community!
Living on Your Living Allowance
Scroll to the bottom of the page to find out how to apply.
Cache Community Food Pantry, located at 359 South Main Street in Logan, distributes food every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Located in USU's Taggart Student Center room 333, SNAC is a volunteer-run food pantry available to USU students (and our VISTAs).
SNAC is open Mon.-Thur., 3-5 p.m. However, the center is closed during holidays and summer semester.
The Box Elder Food Pantry is located at 272 N 200 W in Brigham City. To apply, call (435) 723-1449 and make an appointment during the following times:
- Mon.-Thur. 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Budgeting Tips and Local Deals
Looking for tips on budgeting or offers available at restaurant across Cache Valley? Click here!
A cookbook designed to help you cook healthy, delicious food on the typical SNAP budget ($4 per day per person). The author, Leanne Brown, wrote Good and Cheap as her food science Master's thesis to help low-income families improve their nutrition.
Download it for yourself; share it with your clients!
- PSP Storage Shed Inventory
Our storage shed is packed with non-perishable foods, and we even have a freezer filled with meat, frozen veggies, and fruit. Need something? Let us know ANYTIME! Click here to see what we have available.
Utahns Against Hunger provides food assistance and has great resources like a Food Stamp Calculator and a list of farmer's markets in Utah. Plus, all their content is available in Spanish.
Need Other Help?
This list includes a ton of resources in the areas of:
- pregnancy and parenting
- getting food and managing nutrition
- legal aid
- medical aid
- physical abuse, drug abuse, and mental health
- employment and education services