Oregon Campus Compact welcomes our new AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager, Kendra Henry. She will manage all elements of the AmeriCorps VISTA program including the planning, implementation and evaluation of the program while collaborating with our member campuses. Kendra brings to ORCC a wealth of experience through years of mentoring, service, and volunteering.
Kendra served as an AmeriCorps member with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (Wisconsin) participating in the SPARK Early Literacy Program. She provided one-on-one instruction and mentoring to struggling readers in grades K-3. The program aimed to eliminate the growing educational gap for students from traditionally underserved populations. She also managed an AmeriCorps program at Northwest Youth Corps in Eugene Oregon, which focused on eradicating educational disparities through service learning, tutoring, leadership development, and outdoor education.
One of Kendra's passions is mentoring. She had been a mentor for over 4 years through the YMCA of Albany, Oregon. When asked what drew her toward mentoring, she responded, "If you have the resources to give, if you have the opportunity to mentor, you should do so." She then added, "I think everyone should mentor."
In her personal life, Kendra enjoys being active. She enjoys playing a variety of sports including football, softball, basketball and volleyball. She also works as a sports official for basketball and volleyball games. In addition to team sports, she likes outdoor activities as well. She enjoys hiking and camping. At least once a year she travels to Mayfield Lake in Washington with her family.
Kendra aspires to bring her experiences and drive to her new position at ORCC. She wants to develop and grow the program while connecting people and building a network of support. She says she is looking forward to this position, and we at ORCC are looking forward to working with her