Donayda Salomon, LISC Boston AmeriCorps alum and Financial Counselor/Program Associate at Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, shares her thoughts on the #LISCLeads National Conference last month:
This was my first time attending the LISC Staff National Leadership Conference in Houston. It was such an amazing experience because I had the opportunity to learn and make connections with community leaders from across the country. It was also great to see other LISC AmeriCorps Alumni members that were hired by their sites also attending the Conference and WOW, they are doing amazing work! I could not feel more proud!
The objective of this Conference was to introduce the new LISC President and CEO Maurice Jones and for LISC staff to gather in one place to share best practices, attend workshops and join a neighborhood local tour. It was interesting to hear some of the challenges that people are confronting throughout the country, which are very similar to those challenges we also face in Boston. It was also very interesting to hear the discussions and concerns about the how the presidential outcome will be affecting all our communities.
During the Conference, I also had the opportunity to learn more about:
· Housing challenges and different strategies to confront the problem
· Living wage jobs
· The power of education
· Racial Justice
Another great experience was the visit to the Food Bank, where we had the chance to prepare boxes of food for those in need. It was good to see a lot of people committed to coming together to mitigate hunger. This reminds me of all my volunteer projects while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member at the Jamaica Plain NDC.
This conference was a good opportunity for me to network and hear firsthand from others throughout the country that are doing an excellent job in their communities. I’m very proud to have been a part of this experience and to be part of the new generation of leaders making a difference in Community Development.