Sargent Shriver spoke at our graduation from VISTA training in the Fall of 1966. He said our VISTA experience would affect us the rest of our lives. For me, it has, and continues to do so. Two and a half years as a VISTA cooperatively developing youth-operated projects, plus three more years as a self-committed ‘civilian’ adult coordinator of one of the projects, on the Lower East Side was my full-time life. It was not a cake-walk, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.