Five 55,000 Degrees VISTAs stood on stage as Mayor Fischer spoke about their positive impact on the city’s college-going culture. He also announced our initiative’s expansion to 36 VISTA members as we change from 55,000 Degrees to Cradle to Career. The new model will address further issues along the education and workforce pipeline.
In addition to the 55K VISTAs, Mayor Fischer recognized the Senior Corps and REACH Corps members in attendance. He highlighted the fact that more than 1,000 individuals volunteer in national service programs in Louisville.
Following the press conference, the mayor took pictures with all of the service members. The 55K VISTAs got a selfie with him, of course. After the photo op, he graciously took us on a tour of his office. Paintings from the Speed Art Museum adorn the walls. Memorabilia from famous visitors, including the Dalai Lama, sit next to old bottles of bourbon. I would expect nothing less from a mayor in Bourbon Country.
-Stephanie Enyeart, Cradle to Career AmeriCorps VISTA