Where Alums First Learned About AmeriCorps
With AmeriCorps Week on the horizon, it’s got us feeling reminiscent about AmeriCorps. Looking back, there are a plethora of memorable moments that we loved about our terms. However, can you remember all the way to the beginning? That very first moment when you heard about AmeriCorps and decided that you were going to take a leap of faith into national service.
- Bill Clinton – As the President under which Corporation for National & Community Service was first established, it makes sense that many Alums came to serve in AmeriCorps after hearing his plans for National Service. Listening to the President speak on service to our country and the opportunities to give back inspired thousands to sign up for AmeriCorps for many generations to come!
- Friends & Family – Whether it was having a friend who had previously served or a parent who recommended us to sign up for a term, our support networks recommended AmeriCorps as a new life and career pathway. Loved ones saw AmeriCorps as a unique opportunity for us to give back to our local communities and country.
- Teachers & Mentors – Much like our family and friends, people that we looked up recommended that we look into AmeriCorps service and it is a very good thing that they did! Following through with the suggestion, we were given opportunities to learn and develop new leadership skills which have helped us grow professionally. Having AmeriCorps on our resume and on LinkedIn has helped us promote the visibility of National Service and allows us to share the opportunity with future corps members.
- Current AmeriCorps member – Witnessing members serve communities got us curious about the work they were doing. We were inspired by their dedication to and modeling of National Service which resulted in us sign up for AmeriCorps.
- Job search – For some Alums, National Service just happened to be something we came across during our job hunt. We were looking for opportunities to serve and make a difference and AmeriCorps positions gave us the opportunities to do so. Hundreds of thousands of Americans apply to serve in AmeriCorps for the similar reasons, so we hope many more positions will be created to allow for more people to have the chance to be part of National Service.
Where did you first hear about AmeriCorps? Please share with us in the comments below!