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My vision in my work with VOC this year is to explore the intersection of adult literacy and community development. Through research, I hope to learn more about the connection between research and practice in writing for adult learners; through working with a community based organization I hope to deepen my knowledge and understanding of the impact and challenges of working in a literacy program and how this translates into overall goals of improving livelihoods and building a stronger community. Throughout the semester, I have realized more potential for realizing my goals in my work and I have worked on different components of my vision.
Asset mapping is one of the highlights form this semester. Bergdall (2003) defines asset-based development as a mobilization of skills, resources and commitment of the residents along with others grounded in the area to strengthen the economic and social well-being of the entire community. As I revised my personal asset map, I reflected on this definition of asset-based development and made the connections of how I can leverage the resources that…