PRINCESS ANNE, MD. - AmeriCorps is known for its national service program to diminish poverty across the country, and on Tuesday afternoon the program's acting director took a trip to the eastern shore. The trip gave the director a first-hand look at what a day in the life of an AmeriCorps VISTA member is like, and the member highlighted was UMES grad Diamond Nwaeze. Nwaeze oversees multiple programs at the Garland Hayward Youth Center in Princess Anne including an elevated square-foot garden where a year ago, young people she mentors, grew vegetables and won ribbons at the 2017 Somerset County Fair.
"This particular project was highlighted to me and brought to my attention because of the way the community and the kids are coming together as a result of the wonderful gem of a person Diamond who is a Vista member working here today who's working with the community and UMES and campus compact to really make great things happen," said AmeriCorps Acting Director Eileen Conoboy.
Nwaeze added the reason she began the community garden was to make healthier food options available for the youth and that she plans to get the planting process underway for the garden in the next couple of days.
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