Made and Trained in Oregon

An AmeriCorps Multi-Team Training Event

Meet, Connect, and Learn Together!

AmeriCorps VISTA Members serving in Oregon are invited to a unique professional development opportunity together with teams from around the state! Experts in the fields of food security, equity and empowerment, community development, and digital communications will be leading fun, interactive workshops that you don't want to miss!

There are 5 spots available, and registration is first come, first served. The cost for this one-day training is $10. Please RSVP no later then Thursday, February 28th to Caryn Nelson; Registration is now closed.

Made and Trained in Oregon

Thursday, March 7th 2013 at 9am-5pm

45 Southwest Ankeny Street

Portland, OR

The event is hosted at the Mercy Corps Headquarters in downtown Portland. MercyCorps is a large red building. Enter via the double doors facing Skidmore Fountain. Once inside, tell the security guards that you are here for the AmeriCorps training and proceed through the double doors. You'll see the Aceh (pronounced: "AH-kah") Conference Room directly in front of you, and that's where we'll meet.

Getting here: The building is located by Red and Blue Max Lines (Skidmore Fountain stop), and within 2 blocks walking distance of bus lines 12, 16, 19, and 20. Hourly parking is located behind the building at the corner of SW 1st and SW Ankeny, and a few blocks north at the corner of NW Davis and NW 1st.

Training Agenda

9:00am-9:45am (please arrive no later then 9:30)
Light breakfast and meet and greet.

Introductions from VISTA Leaders Caryn Nelson (Oregon Campus Compact), Jimmy O'Brien (MercyCorps NW), and Joey Zayas (Oregon Health Authority).

Morning Workshops

Chose one workshop;

Equity & Empowerment: Lasting Partnerships Through Inner Personal Transformation

This two hour interactive training will present participants with a new way of looking at the world, their role in promoting fairness and justice, and begin the lifelong process of transforming ourselves to be more effective advocates for equity. Read more here.

Who Has the Food – and Who’s Going Hungry

What does it mean to be food secure? We do produce enough to feed the world – why are millions of people still hungry? One of MercyCorps most popular workshops; this session will focus on the four pillars of food security in a fun and interactive format.

Open Space

Members assemble their own groups each centered around a different topic such as “Life After AmeriCorps,” “Challenges,” or “Professional Development,” and lead their own sessions on those topics.


Lunch is on your own. Feel free to bring a sack lunch, or visit the many food carts close by. The conference room at MercyCorps is available for use during lunch.

Afternoon Workshops

Choose one workshop:

Put Your Blog to Work

How can blog writing be a tool for social change? This session helps answer that question in an interactive and engaging format.

Community Mobilization

When you know how to get people working together, you can start solving big problems. How do we start to analyze problems and assess our community practices? Find out how to look deeper at problems and recognize where social change can occur.

Break for Snacks

Peace Corps Panel

A Q&A with returned Peace Corps Volunteers about capacity building, community development, and national service abroad.

Closing comments and adjourn.