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Study and Serve Abroad with IPSL Graduate Programs!

July 28, 2015

IPSL LogoToday’s guest post is sponsored by the IPSL Graduate Program in International Development and Service. The program educates leaders for professional careers with NGOs, educational, and community development organizations with an international and/or diversity focus. Students participate in service-learning throughout and spend time abroad in a variety of countries applying theory to real world civic engagement experiences. To learn more about IPSL, visit their website.

From the first day they pledged to “get things done” to the day they walked into an IPSL classroom, AmeriCorps alums Michael Blair and Derek Miller made service the center of their lives. Below, Michael and Derek share more.

Handing in My FEMA Corps Boots for a Passport by Michael Blair

It has been almost 400 days since I last uttered the AmeriCorps pledge to “get things done for America,” and graduated from one of the most difficult and rewarding chapters of my life. But, as we know, service to others doesn’t end even after you have handed in your FEMA badges or army boots. My next service opportunity with IPSL would result in a shift from thinking domestically to thinking internationally. Read more…

5 Alum Stories That Will Make You Laugh, Give Second Chances, #Stand4Service, and Take a Leap of Faith

July 24, 2015

You’ve probably heard the expression that you’ll catch more flies with honey. But, did you know you’ll catch more attention if you catch a fly? (It’s harder than it looks without a fly swatter or honey!)

Here’s a round-up of some alum stories that inspired us or made us laugh including one from a Teach For America alum about how a fly made her rethink her teaching strategy.

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“If kids think you’re crazy, they’ll pay attention,” says Teach For America alum, Natasha Vaynblat. “One of my favorite ‘make-them-think-you’re-crazy’ moments happened in my fourth year of teaching. I was instructing and there was a fly buzzing around the room. I could tell the kids were paying attention to the fly and not me, so I pretended to catch the fly. I made the motion as if I was about to put the fly in my mouth and eat it, but I hadn’t realized that I had ACTUALLY caught the fly. So when I opened my hand, the fly flew out and almost landed on my tongue! I tried to explain the mishap, but my students just thought I was crazy, which was great because I had them focused for a week.”

Teaching showed Natasha how to get an audience’s attention and not be afraid to get a little silly. She’s now a teacher and performer with Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in New York City. Check out her story on the Teach For America blog.  Read more…

Practice Your Rosie Pose & Get Ready for the Photo Booth: It’s Time for AmeriCorps Graduation Parties!

July 16, 2015

There’s no cover charge to get in, but you have to be part of a pretty exclusive crowd to get into an AmeriCorps graduation party! Here are a few great events from the AmeriCorps Class of 2015!

AmeriCorps Alums CT chapter welcome alums from AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps VISTA, Green Crew, and Community Health Corps!

AmeriCorps Alums CT chapter and InterCorps Council welcome new Ameri-grads (Photos by AmeriCorps Alums CT Chapter Facebook page)

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Take a Volunteer Vacation with Our Newest Benefits Partner: Discover Corps

July 15, 2015

Discover Corps picAmeriCorps Alums is excited to launch an exclusive one-year partnership with Discover Corps! We’re proud to pilot this new member benefit for alums seeking an international adventure, professional development in global service and community building, and an immersive cultural and volunteer experience.

Discover Corps (founded by returned Peace Corps volunteers!) is a private, service-based travel company that is pioneering new ways to explore life and culture around the world. As an AmeriCorps alum, you (and your traveling companions!) are eligible for a 10% discount on the cost of all Discover Corps trip programs.

To celebrate this launch, Discover Corps is also offering a 20% discount off the program cost of any Costa Rica Sea Turtle Initiative trip taken before November 30th. During this trip, you could be digging up hatched nests to determine the hatch success rate or going out on a boat to capture turtles in nets so that scientists can measure and tag their flippers for monitoring. Also, did we mention, you’ll be in Costa Rica? Read more…

These Employers Have Hundreds of Open Positions and are Looking for an Alum Like You

July 7, 2015

Square Social ImageDid you miss our June Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by Teach For America? 24 employers from the education, corporate, nonprofit, government, and healthcare sectors attended our fair and still have hundreds of open roles that might be a fit for you.

Each employer came to our fair looking for talented alums who have the skill and experience to pursue impact careers.  Check out the full list below and click over to their hiring page!

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Toot Your Horn for the AmeriCorps Class of 2015!

July 3, 2015

Take a minute to celebrate the AmeriCorps Class of 2015! This year and every year, over 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve at more than 15,000 host sites. That’s an achievement worth celebrating!

Join us in congratulating our newest alums from the AmeriCorps Class of 2015!

The Beauty of AmeriCorps: Empowering Citizens & Redefining Dreams

July 1, 2015

HeadshotToday’s guest blog comes from Cassandra Argo. Cassandra currently serves as the AmeriCorps Program Officer at Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s commission on national & community service. Prior to becoming an AmeriCorps Program Officer, she served as an AmeriCorps State and VISTA member at Perry County Department of Job & Family Services through a partnership with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. She is also a quarterly columnist for the PA Times, the online publication for the American Society for Public Administration.

I first heard about AmeriCorps in the fall of 1999 while on a disaster relief trip to Grifton, NC with my Asbury University weekend ministry team. An AmeriCorps NCCC team was also deployed to Grifton, and my desire to continue serving after graduation was born. I was determined to become an AmeriCorps NCCC team member with the Denver campus until I found myself in Eastern KY.

Asbury Disaster Relief Trip Work PhotoDuring a spring break volunteer trip during my junior year, I stayed with an AmeriCorps team of the Christian Appalachian Project. They lived together and worked on housing initiatives in the Eastern Kentucky region. And a new idea formed: direct service.

Ten years later, my AmeriCorps dream became a reality. I signed up to serve as an AmeriCorps State member serving at Perry County Department of Job & Family Services (PCDJFS) through a partnership with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. For the two years I served as a HarvestCorps team member and leader, I created the PCDJFS website and Facebook presence, wrote a bi-weekly column for the Perry County Tribune, and assisted hundreds of Perry County residents with their state and federal taxes through the Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB).

AmeriCorps-Service-Annual-Back-to-School-Bash-Event-I loved what I was doing so much that I then signed up to continue at PCDJFS and the Association as an AmeriCorps VISTA. During these final two years, I expanded the Perry County – OBB Tax Clinic Program to become a mobile unit with 11 trained volunteers who served 468 clients with $558,569 in total refunds. After four years with AmeriCorps, I knew that I wanted to continue strengthening communities through National Service. Read more…

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