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Captain AmeriCorps Week: Meet Skip!

May 10, 2010

As a thank you for their leadership and commitment to helping us win the Pepsi Refresh Project, we asked our Pepsi Team Captains a few questions… here’s who they are and what they said.  We love our alumni!

(P.S. If YOU want to be profiled, sign up as a Pepsi Team Captain and recruit 5-10 people as everyday voters! I’ll follow up with captains soon for more of you to profile.)

Name: James “Skip” Burns (check out his blog! www.jskipburns.com)

Meet Skip!

AmeriCorps Program(s): AmeriCorps *NCCC

Year(s): 2005 Corps Member, 2006 Team Leader

City, State (if NCCC list your campus): Denver, CO

1. How are you involved with AmeriCorps Alums?

I frequently attend Alumni get togethers in Boston and love meeting people who did different AmeriCorps programs. There are many cool and awesome positions out there that I never knew about.

2. Describe your favorite thing about your term as an AmeriCorps member.

The best part was definitely leading an *NCCC Team in the Gulf Coast and helping to organize Make A Difference Day in 2006 in New Orleans.

3. How do you incorporate service into your daily life?

As an Eagle Scout I try my best to do “a good turn daily” and as an AmeriCorps Alum I focus on advocating for people to do national service.

4. What’s the best thing about AmeriCorps Alums?

Having fun meetups in interesting places with awesome people.

5. If your chapter gets a grant because of the Pepsi Challenge, what would you want your chapter to do with it?

I hope that my chapter would focus on some affordable housing projects. After working in the Gulf Coast and in many places around the country I’ve found that affordable housing is incredibly important.

6. Anything else you’d like to share with us about being an AmeriCorps alum or why you chose to step up as a Team Captain?

A fellow AmeriCorps Alum (Chris Clarke) thought I would be good guy for this job so he asked me to help out. This is such a great way to raise awareness about AmeriCorps and local issues around the country.

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