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VISTA of the Month

The FIRST VISTA program is proud to sponsor “VISTA of the Month”, a program through which VISTA members, Site Supervisors, or other key adult volunteers in the field that work with VISTA members are able to nominate them as recognition for outstanding service. A winner is chosen every month. VISTA members are rewarded for outstanding service and receive a certificate and other recognition items.

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Congratulations to the October VISTA of the Month!


Sirisha Dodda

Sirisha Dodda - Fairmont, WV

Sirisha (Siri) Dodda has been serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Fairmont, West Virginia since November of 2017. She became a VISTA after attending a FIRST LEGO® League Jr. coach training and she has since gone on to lead the rapid expansion of the program throughout West Virginia. Siri has worked hard to raise funds and sponsor teams in need. She has traveled across the state providing training for coaches and supporting Expo hosts. As her year of service comes to an end, Siri is implementing an Expo improvement plan to better the experience of FIRST LEGO League Jr events teams based off coach surveys and her experiences at Detroit World Championship. She is extending her service an additional month to allow for her to oversee the new Expo model being implemented at the West Virginia FIRST LEGO League State Championship in December. Siri hopes that the enhanced FIRST LEGO League Jr Expos will be more engaging for teams and increase student retention in the years to come.

Press Releases

October 26, 2017 - FIRST Sparks Passion for Volunteerism

March 10, 2017 - From Rural Towns to Robotics: Coming Full Circle with AmeriCorps VISTA

March 2017 FIRST Newsletter - FIRST Alumni Take On a New Challenge: FIRST VISTAs

Winter 2016 FIRST Newsletter - FIRST VISTA Program Has Much to Crow About

December 6, 2016 - FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA Program Inspires Underserved Youth


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