This link illustrates an application of VISIONS work to the field of aging and community engagement. It includes work by two of VISIONS' co-founders, John Capitman and Angela Bryant. It is an exciting on-going application of a multicultural lens to work with and for elders and disabled adults. VISIONS first community development project was the creation of the Wrights Center (include their link; just looked at the current web site; I like it and it definitely credits VISIONS), an adult day care center for frail and disabled elders in Rocky Mount, N.C. We continue to provide on-going technical assistance to this program, which is now in it's 21st year. VISIONS currently has a module for training health care and social service providers in end of life care: ACCESS: a multicultural approach to end of life care.
This link illustrates an exciting community engagement project, Arts for Action, in which VISIONS consultants (Valerie Batts, Renae Gray, Leslie English) worked with parents, school personnel, local elected officials and young people connected to several local Cambridge, MA. elementary schools to enhance parent engagement and educator/parent advocacy for successful student outcomes.
This web site links to a video documentary, "The Strength to Resist: The Media's Impact on Women and Girls" that features VISIONS, Executive Director, Valerie Batts and VISIONS board member and Founder of the Legacy Project, Jamila Capitman. The web site includes an interactive manual with chapters by Valerie and Jamila. Valerie's chapter applies the VISIONS model to this important topic of media literacy.
"In order to more effectively analyze the implicit messages of contemporary media, Dr. Batts (who is featured in the film) highlights some of the differences between the overt racism of the first half of the 20th century and the "modern racism" of today. This section also includes questions that will help students analyze aspects of institutional racism and oppressive biases in the media, and provides some suggestions for ongoing activism."