VISIONS Blog

March 11, 2017

High School Students at Native American Pow Wow

For almost 30 years, VISIONS has offered service programs that have had an impact on communities around the world. We are proud of the work that has been done in all of our locations, and each year we are...

April 5, 2016

United States Community Service programs for middle and high schoolersFor almost 30 years, VISIONS has provided exceptional community service programs in locations around the world. Your desire to be part of meaningful projects...

August 29, 2015

The following article featuring VISIONS and Mississippi alum Yongqi Xu is from the Los Angeles Times.

Wanderlust Lands Irvine Teen in Hurricane Katrina-Devastated Areas
August 28, 2015

When Irvine resident Yongqi Xu was in search of a summer adventure, she knew she wanted something that would combine her two passions — traveling and volunteering.

Little did she know that the path she picked would...

August 26, 2015

10 Years Later VISIONS is Still Working with Hurricane Katrina Communities

August 29, 2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of Katrina, the devastating hurricane that forever changed the Gulf Coast of the U.S. resulting in flooding that took many lives and left thousands without homes. Celebrities immediately took the helm of the cause, and service organizations rushed in to help. And like...

April 9, 2015

From Mississippi to Montana, Teen Volunteers Delve into Social Justice Issues

Many teachers are weaving social justice education into the curriculum, and VISIONS Service Adventures offers summer programs that can be a great complement to these important classroom lessons. VISIONS programs are rooted in service work and cultural immersion, and some of the communities we work with...

February 26, 2015

A Look at the Temporary Homes of VISIONS Teen Volunteers

We get asked this question a lot: What are the living conditions like on a VISIONS program?

The answer, simply put, is that it varies from program to program, but there are some common threads among all of the places we live. Careful consideration is put into every aspect of our...

August 31, 2014

Letter from VISIONS participant, Reggie Brown, to the Alexander Foundation. The Foundation provided Reggie with a partial scholarship to attend VISIONS teen travel program in Mississippi.

February 13, 2014

 

This summer will mark seven years that VISIONS has worked in the Coastal Mississippi communities of Moss Point and Turkey Creek. What began as a response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has developed into strong ties and loyal partnerships with neighborhood advocates and local nonprofits. 

These two historically African American communities have been working hard to rebuild and preserve their...

January 7, 2014

By Derrick Christopher Evans, Turkey Creekkeeper

Turkey Creek, Mississippi lies at the very crossroads of America’s most noble and ignoble traditions. Established by emancipated slaves, the settlement began in 1866 as a long awaited promised land for a people denied all manner of dignity, even names, for fourteen generations. Their descendants have lived here, navigating American life and culture as free human beings and citizens for...

November 11, 2013

Film about Civil Rights and Environmental Justice Chronicles VISIONS Partner Community

VISIONS first met Derrick Evans in 2005 following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He was instrumental in creating what immediately became a successful and high-quality VISIONS teen volunteer program in Mississippi. Derrick is...

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