Baltimore City Community College is proud to welcome its newest Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic (CCMA) AmeriCorps VISTA members into the third year of their capacity building projects with the Refugee Youth Project. Formerly known as the Maryland-DC Campus Compact (MDCCC), CCMA is a non-profit membership association of public, private, 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. CCMA provides leadership to colleges and universities in Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. by advocating, supporting, and encouraging institutional participation in academic and co-curricular based public service and civic engagement programs. CCMA strengthens the capacity of member institutions to enhance student learning and to meaningfully engage with communities. CCMA is supported through a combination of institutional dues, federal and private grants, and in-kind contributions. The CCMA office is located at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

To learn more about CCMA, visit: http://www.mdccc.org

To learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA, visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista

Alexis Logan Brown

Alexis Logan Brown

College JUMP (Journey Upward Mentoring Program) Coordinator

Alexis was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina where she majored in International Studies with minors in Political Science and Psychology. Through various organizations, Alexis has striven to increase the number of ethnic minorities on college campus’ and increase the information and networks available to minority students looking into higher education.

Project: The UMBC/Refugee Youth Project VISTA will create and implement a near-peer college access mentoring program between high school refugee students and UMBC volunteers. By engaging students and parents in college readiness workshops and activities, the project will increase the number of refugee youth that successfully enroll in four-year institutions.

You can reach her at alexislb@umbc.edu. Read about College JUMP’s accomplishments in years 1 & 2 here!

Cora Stern

Cora Stern

ArtWorks Coordinator

Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Cora is a recent graduate from the College of William and Mary, where she earned her BA in international relations with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. As a student, she participated in undergraduate research into international aid flows and youth radicalization, as well as interned for The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Karamah-Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. She also spent a semester abroad in Morocco studying Arabic and North African politics. In her free time, she likes to play the fiddle, play ultimate frisbee with her friends, and explore Baltimore! Cora is excited to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Refugee Youth Project’s ArtWorks initiative in order to learn about refugees experiences as well as gain experience working in a social enterprise.

Project: The BCCC/Refugee Youth Project VISTA member promotes economic growth and post-secondary education for refugee teens through the ArtWorks program, an arts-based social enterprise. The project focuses on increasing employment opportunities, increasing understanding of financial literacy, and providing a safe and structured environment for youth to reconnect to cultural traditions.

Get in touch with Cora by emailing rypartworks2@gmail.com.