PATHWAYS & AmeriCorps/VISTA Partnership

October 01, 2014

Volunteer Youth Coordinator, Allison Panetta, from AmeriCorps/VISTA at William James College's PATHWAYS this year.

William James College's PATHWAYS Program, directed by Dr. Gemima St. Louis, recently applied for and was awarded a grant through AmeriCorps/VISTA. The grant will enable the PATHWAYS Program to secure two full-time Volunteer Youth Coordinators who will engage in a number of capacity-building activities in support of the growing program. PATHWAYS (a collaboration among William James College, West Roxbury Education Complex, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is a school-based initiative that provides comprehensive, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed mental health services to urban youth and their families. AmeriCorps/VISTA is a national service program whose primary aim is to fight poverty in America. Its volunteers work in a variety of roles in communities throughout the U.S. On August 25th of this year, the PATHWAYS Program welcomed its first Volunteer Youth Coordinator, Allison Panetta.