This book has been created because of events that happened almost 50 years ago. A nation at war, a youth culture in revolution, a young photographer trying to find his path in life—all collided at a point in time called V.I.S.T.A. Volunteers in Service to America was created as part of the war against poverty by allowing volunteers to serve in a community where they could effect change for a neighborhood, as well as effect change in the way they looked at themselves. We came from all walks of life and different parts of the country: New York, Massachusetts, California, North Dakota, New Jersey; we were a melting pot of mostly college kids in our early twenties. As volunteers, we established how we would fulfill our year of service, and then followed a daily routine, working as teachers, mentors, assistants, daycare workers, etc.
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Federico Santi started photographing when he was 12 years old. He majored in Photography at Florida State University and studied with Evon Streetman. A photojournalist at F.S.U. he entered VISTA as a volunteer and used his photo skills documenting Migrant life and his fellow VISTA volunteers. His VISTA photographs have been exhibited in Washington DC, New York City, Fort Lauderdale, and Newport, RI. He has had published several books over the years using his photography featuring architecture of Austria and Hungary among other subjects.
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