VISIONS Blog

March 27, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome Katie Mayernik back to VISIONS, where she will direct the British Virgin Islands program!

March 11, 2017

Jewish Youth Group on Community Service Trip in the Dominican Republic

For anyone who knows VISIONS, they will tell you that relationships have always been central to what we do and who we are. In most of our host communities we have spent close to two decades (and in some cases almost 30 years) building relationships that have stood the test of time....

March 11, 2017

VISIONS Executive Diretor Katherine Dayton

What the VISIONS values say about us and about your summer, and why they’re important right now.

by: Katherine Dayton, Executive Director

In preparation for a staff retreat this past fall, I reached out to some veteran leaders to ask, “What is...

March 8, 2017

VISIONS Ambassador and super-alum Sarah Yamashita wrote about her experiences and was featured in Teen Ink, a monthly magazine showcasing artwork and writing generated entirely by teenagers. It can be found in the February issue of the magazine as well as online. We're thrilled to see Sarah's article in print, especially in a...

March 3, 2017

Teen community service organization chooses green and socially responsible investing (SRI).

VISIONS Service Adventures has made the decision to leave its banking relationships with Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo. In part as a response to Native American tribes that are calling for divestitures of banks that are funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, VISIONS will be moving its accounts to a Bozeman, Montana-based fiduciary that specializes in environmentally and socially responsible...

February 22, 2017

We were deeply saddened to learn that a shining star of VISIONS veteran leaders passed away last week. John “Jack” Fields was a leader on our Alaska program the summer of 2013. Jack was a natural educator, a superb carpenter, and beloved by his students, fellow leaders, community members, and everyone at VISIONS who had the opportunity to know him...

February 15, 2017

Anna Apilado grew up in the Philippines before moving to the US when she was 11. In this alumni spotlight, she reflects on her experience in Alaska last summer—experiencing a new part of America, the value of comfortable silences, and plans for the future.

February 7, 2017

It’s a good and fair question, and we do our best to answer it with you. Everyone benefits if your summer program is the right fit for you. If you’re in the right place, happy and fulfilled, that energy will seep into everything you do and everyone you’re with: other kids on the program, your leaders, and community members.

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October 31, 2016

During the summer of 2016, VISIONS Northern Passage students worked in partnership with the Northern Cheyenne Fire Department in Montana. The teens completed a 32’ x 40’ garage that will house the Green Buffalo Fire Truck, serving Muddy Creek District and residents between the towns of Lame Deer and Busby.

October 31, 2016

VISIONS Montana Blackfeet 2016 students used their new construction skills to improve access for elders in our host community of Browning. On one of the projects the teen volunteers demolished a run-down ramp and constructed a new 32’ long wheelchair ramp in its place.

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