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Greetings from Our New External Relations Associate!

October 25, 2011

Hi everyone! You may have seen a few posts from me and been wondering, “Who’s the new guy?

Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is HOV! (I wish…) But really, my name is Ken Tran and I am the new External Relations Associate for AmeriCorps Alums, taking over the big shoes left behind by my predecessor, Whitney Soenksen.

In August, I wrapped up my 10 month term of service as an AmeriCorps National Direct Member working at Points of Light on the Get HandsOn Campaign. With 2 other peer AC members, we worked to cultivate an online service leader community through social media and online marketing. It was then when I first got hooked on social media as a tool for volunteer engagement, developing my interests in online communications and connecting people to the current social good movements.

Finding different ways to get others involved in service is what I think about a lot and it is great that I can work with the Alums team to build their outreach.

I am excited/nervous/ecstatic about being in the new position and bringing to you great content that will align well with your interests in service and volunteerism. I am looking forward to sharing stories from your fellow Alums (like this post on American Volunteers), opportunities to continue serving after your term, updates on how to save service, and funny cat videos from Youtube (err, still pending.)

In the next few weeks, I will be revamping the blog layout and cleaning up the page, so pardon the dust. If you would like to get involved on the blog, I would love to hear from you! This blog is for you and I want your voices to be heard. Currently, I am looking for submissions of:

  • Alums chapters’ stories
  • Alums chapters’ or individual Alums’ blogs
  • How serving in AmeriCorps has been a set up for future successes
  • Great stories/tips on the service movement

If you’re interested, please email me at Ken [at] AmeriCorpsAlums [dot] org and let’s talk!

If you’re on Twitter, make sure to follow @AmeriCorpsAlums  and @Ameri_Ken for all our updates and musings conveyed in 140 characters or less.

Like us on Facebook, too!

What stories are you looking forward to reading about?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2011 11:00 am

    Anything with cats and I’m sold….(jk….maybe)…possible interesting topic….Making the transition from AC member to staff at the same site.

  2. October 25, 2011 12:11 pm

    Great topic! I can use personal experiences to pull that post together.

    Cats on cats on cats.

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