Thank Mayors for Prioritizing Hiring AmeriCorps Alums
Today’s post comes from AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Directors, Mary Bruce and Ben Duda. On June 23, 2014, The United States Conference of Mayors unanimously endorsed national service as a “cost-effective strategy to meet city needs” in the 82nd Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Join us in thanking your Mayors for placing “a priority on hiring AmeriCorps Alumni who have gained valuable skills, including project management, team building, and budgeting.”
The challenges our nation’s communities face are real and urgent. One in five children lives in poverty, and in many of our nation’s toughest schools, one in two young people does not graduate on time, or at all. The rungs of the ladder to economic mobility are shaky. Thank you for the work you do, each day, to address these issues, head on. Your unanimous endorsement of national service as a “cost-effective strategy to meet city needs” passed in The United States Conference of Mayor’s 82nd Annual Meeting on June 23, 2014, in Dallas, Texas, sends a clear message that national service is a key resource in our shared work to “get things done for America.”
Since the founding of AmeriCorps in 1994, nearly 1 million AmeriCorps members have proven to be civic leaders, team builders, and problem solvers with a “get things done” attitude. You have seen the power of national service as these Corps Members responded to natural disasters, tutored and mentored young people, offered health education to children and families, led environmental stewardship efforts, launched job creation programs, and provided other critical services in your communities.
As alumni of AmeriCorps, these individuals have gone on to lead careers – and lives – of impact. According to our spring 2014 national survey of more than 5,000 alumni of all AmeriCorps programs, three in four alums strongly agree they want a career that impacts the world around them. Two-thirds of alums work in the government or nonprofit sector, including at the city level. Your strong endorsement to “place a priority on hiring AmeriCorps Alumni who have gained valuable skills, including project management, team building, and budgeting” will create clearer pathways for even more alums to put the skills they learned through service to work in city positions.
As we commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of AmeriCorps this September, we hope to lift up stories of AmeriCorps alumni who are already working in your cities, as well as work together to put AmeriCorps alumni talent to work in your cities. If you have an AmeriCorps alum on your staff – please contact us at the information below, so we can feature them in a future campaign. We are grateful for your leadership, your support, your vision, and your partnership.