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Where Alums First Learned About AmeriCorps

February 27, 2013

get-things-done-join-americorps-go-to-americorps1 (1)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.

We shared AmeriCorps’ Facebook status and alumni online were excited to share with us their stories in the comments. Take a trip down memory lane and see where alumni first learned about AmeriCorps.

  • 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!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Elliott Adams permalink
    February 27, 2013 1:06 pm

    I found out about an AmeriCorps*City & State Program in NYC while riding a train back in 1994. I didn’t want to go to college right after high school, but I needed something to do. This seemed like the perfect opportunity. Coincidentally, my father clipped a newspaper advertisement for the same AmeriCorps*City & State Program, City Volunteer Corps, some time after seeing the transit advertising. I signed up for the Corps and never looked back from there. I enjoyed my first year of service so much that I returned to the Corps for a second year. Serving in the National Civilian Community Corps (A*NCCC) the following year. I have participated in a variety community service projects that have positively impacted my life; I continue to serve my community using the skills I learned in the Corps.

  2. February 27, 2013 1:45 pm

    Thanks for your service Elliott!

  3. February 27, 2013 3:00 pm

    One of my cousins was a TFA teacher in Baltimore, so I heard plenty of positive things about AmeriCorps over Thanksgiving dinner. I originally thought I wanted to pursue a career in international development, so I considered the Peace Corps. When I realized that I wanted to commit to service and strengthening communities in the US, AmeriCorps was the first place I looked for opportunities. It has been an amazing experience to serve as an Illinois State volunteer!

  4. February 28, 2013 2:05 pm

    I think I recall hearing Bill Clinton talk about this new national service program in 1993. Later that year, I was given a “tomorrow’s leaders today” award from Public Allies in its first year in Milwaukee as they recruited for their first class which I later participated in. That was 1994. My Public Allies year with AmeriCorps changed my life.

  5. Angelica Pinacho permalink
    March 4, 2013 4:42 pm

    I heard about AmeriCorps from a friend who was serving at the time. I applied after she finished her term and I was happy I made that decision because if it wasn’t for AmeriCorps I would not been able to finish school. I learned so much and if I could I would do a second year in the near future….


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