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A Girl Scout’s Fight to Save AmeriCorps

November 2, 2011

Today’s guest post comes from Corey Jannicelli, current Field Director at the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and former Suffolk County Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps member.

As a lifelong Girl Scout, service has always been an important part of my life. When graduating from college I knew that I wanted to work in the nonprofit sector, but finding a job was a challenge. It seemed that even the most entry level positions wanted at least 3 years of experience. Sure, I had summer jobs and internships to place on my resume but it wasn’t experience these organizations were looking for.

AmeriCorps offered me the opportunity to tryout a future career, while building my network and resume.

For my service, I was the Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity and it was the best year of my life. Who knew you could find your dream job at the age of 22! The position helped me build necessary employment expertise, such as communication and organizational skills, as well as, exposing me to unique construction skills, such as installing sheetrock, windows, and insulation.

There are no moments as rewarding as watching a new homeowner receive the keys to their finished house or a volunteer master their fear of heights to complete a roof. These are the moments that motivate me to fight to keep AmeriCorps funded, so that others can also see these inspiring impacts.

Just as volunteering is known for helping high school students get into college, my AmeriCorps experience assisted me when applying to a graduate program. Now my life has come full circle, as I am employed by my local Girl Scout Council, working  to instill the same sense of lifelong service in the today’s girls. I want to ensure that AmeriCorps will still be around, once these girls are ready to serve their country.

Last year, 536,000 people applied to be a part of AmeriCorps, proof that young people have a desire to engage in our countries most critical social challenges. As an AmeriCorps Alum, I believe it is important to stand up and fight for AmeriCorps opportunities for future generations.

I want to know that the work I accomplished with Habitat for Humanity is continued on each year with new members, so that they can have similar eye-opening experiences. I urge the 600,000 AmeriCorps Alums and the communities who have benefited from their service to join me on Nov 3rd to Fight the Zero and preserve AmeriCorps funding.

We will gather from 8am to 10am to show our support for AmeriCorps programming but in order to make our presence known we need to reach our goal of 200 participants on Capitol Hill to be sure members of Congress and the press hear our message: our generation needs jobs and wants to serve! Don’t wait a minute longer, go to www.fightthezero.org and register today.

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