Today’s guest blog comes from Mandy Zoelzer who served with AmeriCorps VISTA in 2014 at the Mission: St. Louis and is now on staff as their Communications Coordinator. Mandy is also the Chapter Leader of the AmeriCorps Alums St. Louis Chapter. Alums can connect with the chapter on Facebook or by emailing Mandy.
Lost on the road, there’s an app for that. About to graduate from school with no clue where to head next? That app’s still in development.
I had just come back to the states after living in Australia for a year and had one wish – grow up and have a boring career job. I loved school, but I was graduating soon without a clue where to head next. My brother suggested AmeriCorps, a program I’d never heard of.
Late one night, I scoured the AmeriCorps position listings and applied for two. Both contacted me, and soon I was signing a contract for a Communications Coordinator position. I’d be planning events, fundraising and managing donor relations. Things I had never imagined doing. Read more…
What was the best release out of Hollywood this week? We’ll give you two clues. It involves AmeriCorps and ninjas.
AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Director Mary Bruce was in Hollywood on Monday for the ground-breaking Serve A Year campaign launch with ServiceNation, Jimmy Kimmel, and Chelsea Clinton. A long-term effort to inspire millions of young Americans to serve a year in programs like AmeriCorps, Serve a Year aims to make a service year after high school or college the expectation, not the exception.
Today’s blog is sponsored by Antioch University Seattle and is written by Lauren Mehl, the executive assistant to Antioch’s president. Lauren served with AmeriCorps from 2007-2008 in Seattle. Antioch University recognizes the important contributions alumni made through AmeriCorps service and offers two service-specific scholarships. The University honors that dedication to service by offering a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership designed to integrate the rich experiences and insights gained in AmeriCorps with new practical skills and knowledge designed to help AmeriCorps alums advance to their next career level.
When I enrolled to serve with the Notre Dame AmeriCorps Seattle team at a tutoring center in a housing authority neighborhood, I really had no idea what I was getting into. In my service placement, I problem-solved, made mistakes, developed relationships and meaningful connections, and grew as a person and leader.
The years I spent serving in AmeriCorps improved my self- confidence and set the course of my professional life. Since my time with AmeriCorps, I’ve been a director for an AmeriCorps team, spent two years as a housing manager for a nonprofit, and I currently work as the Executive Assistant to the President at Antioch University Seattle, a non-profit and fully accredited institution with a long history of being at the forefront of educational innovation and social justice.
Here at AUS, my service experience has led to my involvement in launching a new Master’s program in Management and Leadership, designed specifically for those who have served in AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, the U.S. armed forces, and other service organizations. As someone who has been profoundly changed by the community I served during AmeriCorps, I’m proud to be a part of an education program that values my service experience, utilizes the skills and knowledge I gained, and leverages them to propel me on my career path. I have never been so ready to finally take the leap to earn my master’s degree, especially with a program that has benefiting others and the world at its heart. Read more…
Today’s guest blog is by Amanda Salapong. Amanda recently graduated from the University of California, Merced, and decided to spend her time before graduate school actively developing as a global citizen. She moved from Los Angeles to Miami to start serving with City Year Miami, where she has been serving for the past eight months. Amanda hopes to continue with another year of service and a career in the nonprofit sector.
I started my service with City Year full of excitement and motivation. I was ready to change the world in just 10 months. When I got to the midpoint of my service, however, I realized I had been sprinting to the finish line of a marathon. By mile thirteen, I was ready for a new pair of shoes and a Powerbar. Read more…
Today’s blog is a reflection from AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Directors Mary Bruce & Ben Duda.
Have you seen the #skeletonvideo? We’re guessing you have, since it’s already been viewed nearly 45 million times, so far. 45 million! (It’s okay if you haven’t. We won’t tell. Just go watch it now and come right back!)
The #skeletonvideo has a catchy tune and an important message. It spurred interesting conversations in our office – and we’re guessing yours. Besides debating which skeleton had the best dance moves (min 1:07), much more of the conversation was about equity & equality.
How can we carry the joy of this video into the communities where we live and work? And how does the spirit of the video confront the real tensions and hard realities we’re facing as a country and a global community? Read more…