Member Spotlight: Fanta Mitchell, Impact America AmeriCorps Program

Meet Fanta Mitchell, FocusFirst Team Lead, currently serving with Impact America, a partnering agency of the State & National AmeriCorps program.

1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps?

I was motivated to join AmeriCorps because I was unsure of what I wanted to do after graduating college. Due to AmeriCorps, I have been able to provide direct service while gaining professional skills.

2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity?

I want to increase my professional and leadership skills. I will use the skills that I learn in graduate school and my future career endeavors. In addition, I want to gain clarity as to my next steps after this service time.

3. What will your service focus on for the 2021-2022 program year?

During this program year, my service will focus on the health-based initiative, FocusFirst. Through FocusFirst, I will provide preschool-aged children free vision screenings and comprehensive follow-up care. This year I will be responsible for assisting daycare centers and preschools to schedule their annual vision screening and assisting other AmeriCorps members with our vision screening process.

4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps?

Currently, I am unsure of my plans after AmeriCorps. Possibly, I want to serve as an employee in the non-profit sector or education.

Thank you for your service Fanta!

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