AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight on Noukoushua Yang


Name: Noukoushua Yang 

Hometown: Oroville, California

VISTA Organization: United Way California Capital Region

When did your service start? November 19, 2015

What are you currently working on at your organization? I work in the Community Impact department at the United Way under the Health Impact area. I help the team with capacity building to allow them to more effectively address health concerns in the local communities. 

Why did you decide to be an AmeriCorps VISTA in Sacramento? I decided to be an AmeriCorps VISTA in Sacramento because it is close to where I grew up and it was a good way for me to give back to my local community. It was also a good way for me to reconnect with old friends and family. I think it was a good choice because I have learned much from my time here as a AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. 

What have been some of the greatest triumphs during your year of a VISTA? Projects I have worked on during my term of service includes helping to write grants and creating resources, One of the grants I helped with was funded at $40,000, and a resource toolkit I created for the federal Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals to all youths 18 and below, has been utilized at the local and state level. 

What have been some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome and/or learn from them? The main challenges I have faced during my service is the financial hardships and related situations that comes with being an AmeriCorps volunteer. I have learned from my time as an AmeriCorps VISTA how to better empathize with the communities we work with during our service. 

What is a 5 word statement to sum up your whole VISTA experience thus far? Sacramento is a nice town. 

What is your favorite thing about living in Sacramento? The relatively affordable living costs as compared to other cities in California. 

Next Steps: What are you thinking about doing after your year as a VISTA? I will be entering graduate studies in Health Management and Policy for my MPH and hopefully will eventually obtain my doctorate in Public Health.