Amalia Centurion

Meet Amalia Centurion

In 2014 Amalia was looking to gain experience working with indirect services. While looking around, she found MCN’s VISTA program. After applying Amalia became MCN’s very first VISTA for the 2014-15 service year.

Amalia said that the most memorable part of being in MCN’s first VISTA cohort was the cohort itself. AmeriCorps VISTA is a unique service experience in that service members don’t work directly with the clients their organization serves or do volunteer projects that have an immediate impact on the community. This kind of service presents certain challenges that can be difficult to navigate. She said it was important “being a part of a group of people going through the same process.”

After serving with MCN, Amalia decided to stay in the nonprofit sector. She worked at a nonprofit in the Twin Cities for three years serving women experiencing domestic violence. During the same time, she attended school full-time to pursue a Master of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.

Amalia has since graduated and became a fully licensed social worker. She now works for the county as a social worker in child protection. When asked about how her VISTA service with MCN has impacted her life now, she said “I learned a lot about the nonprofit system here in Minnesota and was able to use that knowledge and skill set to work on various projects that differ from my primary job tasks.”

Thank you for your service, Amalia. Keep up the wonderful work you’re doing!

Jess Del Fiacco

Meet Jess Del Fiacco.

Jess was the VISTA for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) in the 2017-18 cohort. Like many VISTAs, she decided to stay in the local nonprofit sector after service. Jess now works at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as part of the Community Broadband Network Initiative.

Giselle Efon (2014-15) graduates with Master of Social Work

After only a year, MCN VISTA alumni are already making an impact in the post-service world. 

Inspired by her year at Nexus Community Partners working with local immigrant and refugee communities, VISTA alumna Giselle Efon received her Master of Social Work with an emphasis in clinical mental health from the University of Minnesota this May. In December she will return to her home country of Cameroon for the first time since moving to the United States, where she will spend a month with the goal of better understanding her own roots and identity.