My name is Jordan Thomas and I am from Chapel Hill, NC. I chose to spend my AmeriCorps VISTA service with United Way of Forsyth County, a charitable organization that convenes resources and skills to support community led initiatives in Forsyth County, NC. As a VISTA member, I am responsible for developing new ways to compile and communicate data collected from the community. I chose to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member so that I could contribute to the health of my home state. After living outside of NC for some time, I realized that my home state is in the middle of an incredible period of change and that, as a North Carolinian, I had a special opportunity to play a role in that change. Through this experience, I have learned that I need to further develop my technical skills in order to make significant contributions to the economy. My advice to those considering AmeriCorps VISTA or those currently serving is to not be afraid to challenge your coworkers. If you see an opportunity for growth in your host organization, don't be afraid to bring it up. As a young professional and an outsider, you bring with you a valuable set of perspectives and expertise to the organization.