AmeriCorps at The Learning Community
Our AmeriCorps Members dedicate a year to supporting the students, families and team at The Learning Community by providing direct service through tutoring and mentorship to students and by supporting various departments to build capacity to support our school as a whole.
As an AmeriCorps member, you can choose the service opportunity that aligns with your passions. As a Learning Community AmeriCorps Ed Fellow, you could be the one who greets students each day, mentor them to higher academic achievement, inspire creativity through STEAM, or design cost-effective solutions that support teachers and tutors. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, you can fight poverty by expanding our capacity to make change. Through fundraising, grant writing, volunteer recruitment, and so much more, gain experience and leadership skills that will set you up for a life of service in the public, private or nonprofit sector.Apply Now
Our 2019-2020 AmeriCorps Team Members
Hello Hello! I'm Jamie Aguilar, a recent graduate from The University of Rhode Island with a major in Psychology. I am from Pawtucket, Rhode Island and look forward to my role as the Community Partnership VISTA. I plan to gain great connections and experiences working with everyone in the Learning Community. I have participated as a volunteer Spanish interpreter and other volunteer jobs in the RIFC and PCHC, which have given me great joy in helping out the community. Some fun past times I enjoy include painting, salsa dancing, and teaching my pet parakeet new tricks.
Fio will be a member of the 2019 year's group of Education Fellows. He spends his nights with the Rhode Island Urban Debate League, creating curriculum and planning tournaments for high school youth. He also enjoys planning events for LGBTQ youth, youth of color, and chronically ill youth. Outside of volunteerism he loves playing music, learning languages, and reading.
Travis Clements is a person who enjoys being a mentor to the youth. He has dedicated a lot of time to helping people of all ages and backgrounds strive to be the best version of themselves. He enjoys volunteering typically for causes involving animals, homeless shelters, and with students. Working hard to create avenues of success can be seen in the way he lives his life. He genuinely just wants everyone to be great and have a chance at the life we all deserve. His passion for helping others is a driving force in his own life and it shows in all the different talents he displays.
Joseph Coste will joining the AmeriCorps VISTA program as a Communications and Development VISTA for the 2019-2020 school year. Joseph just graduated Rhode Island College with a B.A in Mass Media Communications. On the side Joseph does freelance videography work an has work on a wide range of projects from short films, music videos, and digital advertisements.Joseph has a passion for storytelling through all types of media, and Joseph is excited to start working at the Learning Community.
Giselle DaSilva is a member of the Learning Community Education Fellows team. She is currently attending Community College of RI as part of the Joint Admission Program for Elementary Education. She is excited to transfer to Rhode Island College and receive a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. She has been working with children since 2017, and teaching is her passion as well as dream career. She is also a piano teacher and accompanist located in Cumberland RI. She has been independently teaching piano and directing her own community choir in Cumberland since 2015. This is her first year with the Americorps Education Fellow team and her first year with The Learning Community. She is ecstatic to be a part of this team!
Jenifer is currently attending CCRI studying Education/Special Education. She has been a Teacher Assistant for the past ten years working in public schools. Jen enjoys working and helping children. They help her to be motivated and keeps her on her toes! Jen enjoys spending time with friends/ family, and taking pictures. She also enjoys nature by hiking and exercising. She has been very excited to start her new journey and continue to keep learning new things!
Izzy Okunlola, is a Nigerian native who migrated to Rhode Island in 2001. He attended Bishop McVinney Catholic School from 4th to 8th grade, where he was a member of a championship basketball team, and graduated top of his class. As a personal challenge, Izzy attended The Met High School (Shepard and Liberty Building) for his secondary education. While attending The Met, Izzy interned with neurologists, neurosurgeons, his previous basketball coach, a local musician, pediatricians, etc. at various places that included Rhode Island & Hasbro Children's Hospital, Butler Hospital, John Hope Settlement House, Beatbox Studios, and many more. He was chosen to be the valedictorian speaker at his graduation in 2011 at PPAC before he went off to attend college at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. As a college student, he was active in groups like the Neuroscience Education and Research at DePauw (NERD), the TALKS Mentoring Program, and was chosen to be a student representative on the Community Standards Hearing Board. He graduated from DePauw in 2015 and has dedicated his following years toward giving back to his community and guiding students of color. Since graduating college, Izzy has be a youth organizer in Manchester, New Hampshire and a freelance writer for the Manchester InkLink on millennial concerns. Izzy returned to Rhode Island in 2017, and has worked at various youth organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Warwick, Federal Hill House, The Mount Hope Learning Center, and has just completed a summer at BreakThrough Providence as the 9th Grade Fellows Mentor. When he is not busy, Izzy is an amateur photographer, and enjoys traveling and trying out new food.
Carmen Ribaudo is excited to join The Learning Community as the School Culture VISTA. She is a recent transplant to Providence from St. Louis, MO, where she worked on an archive project focused on social movements. The archive drove her to delve into learning about the social and political lansdcapes of St. Louis and the United States. Carmen has long been drawn to becoming an educator -- she worked as support staff at The College School in St. Louis, and as Community Education Apprentice and teacher at Perennial, also in St. Louis. She earned her BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Knox College in 2016. A dedicated creative, she keeps up regular art and writing practices. In her free time, she loves to cook, read, and hike.
Aishly volunteered a lot during High school, it helped her extend her knowledge on whats going on in her own community and the community where she went to school. Aishly likes helping others and being a part of their growth. She have 7 siblings in total and two dogs and a parakeet.
Sophia Wright is a native Rhode Islander interested in social justice, education, history and story telling. In 2013 Sophia graduated with a Bachelors degree in American Studies, Comparitive Race and Ethnicities. Since then she has volunteered in the Providence area teaching English to adult learners, organizing around immigrants rights, and working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated folks to organize policy change and educational events for the community. Sophia is looking forward to a year of service where she will nurture her passion for education and witness the transformative power of knowledge. Sophia uses she or they gender pronouns.
Heejae is joining the Learning Community this year as an AmeriCorps Education Fellow. Born in Korea, she moved to Los Angeles, California at age 6 and grew up in Los Angeles. She moved to Providence to attend Brown University. She studied Biology and then attended medical school at Brown University, before deciding to transition to pursue another career. While in medical school, she discovered her passion for education through her roles as a leader of the student group that regularly volunteered at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, as a volunteer teacher of nutrition to 4th graders, and as a volunteer classroom assistant for ESL at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island. In her free time, she likes to volunteer with her Christian church and catch up with friends. She is very excited to join the team at the Learning Community!
I couldn’t be more grateful for the teachers that I worked with. Working with my student’s regular classroom teachers has helped me become more collaborative and creative when it comes to adjusting my teaching practice to better fit my student’s needs and strengths. I have found so much support from the teachers at my school which has not only helped me, but has helped my students as well. Without that support I wouldn’t have been able to complete this year of service successfully."
The moments that made it most memorable for me this year has been the trust the students put in me. I have had students confide in me when they are feeling upset and needed an adult to talk to. I have also, experience the joy that the students bring out of me and vise verse. In the morning I am able to greet the students when they first walk in. During lunch time the students share knock knock jokes and show me hands games they play with one another.”
As an Education Fellow, not only have I gained experience with reading instruction and behavior management, but I have also enjoyed helping students, like those in my third grade group, to find their own creativity and use their own voices. Working with kids in small groups allows each child’s voice to be heard, and enables them to join in a group conversation. I hope that I have inspired my students to continue reading and writing, and to be authors writing their own stories.“
My year of service has been one of the most eye opening experiences. A year or two ago I would’ve never imagined myself having the slightest effect on a child’s life. I never once looked at myself as a role model, educator, or even a mentor. Each student I had the pleasure of working with guided me into finding that within myself. I began to realize that teachers were much more than just educators. We are role models. These students gained a lot of trust and comfort in me. They began to seek guidance and advice. This however, completely shifted my experience. I realized that I want to be more than just a teacher. I want to help children through emotional, and physical factors that affect their everyday life – especially in school.”