UMES And AmeriCorps VISTA Partner To Help Youth Center
Posted: Mar 14, 2018 2:19 AM
By Timothy Parker
(PRINCESS ANNE, Md.) - Today, people were working together and planting the seeds of the future in Princess Anne, including Diamond Nwaeze who is an Americorp VISTA staff volunteer who works with children at the Haywood Youth Center.
The VISTA program is federally funded. It's the nation investing in the nation.
"That makes better sense than trying to create our own programs and projects and do it ourselves," said Eileen Conoby, national Americorp VISTA director.
Today, with the help of UMES students and local kids, Diamond is working on starting a brand new garden at the center. It's special to her because of what gardening meant to her mother who died of cancer.
"Even in her spare time she was gardening, she was always outside and just to see her doing what she did, seeing that joy. I think that passed on to me," said Nwaeze.
Now she's passing on her joy and her experience with the next generation at the youth center.
"There are a number of questions you don't necessarily know as a kid and just being able to see someone like you, someone you want to be and ask them a question. I think it makes a world difference," Nwaeze added.
She is in her first of two year's of service after graduating from UMES last spring. she's just the latest UMES graduate to participate with VISTA, something the university is proud of.
"This project helps engage our students with the community and with the children of this community," UMES President Juliette Bell said.
Diamond says when the weather gets warm what now is empty will be filled with flowers, vegetables, and more.