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Alums Still Get Things Done: Blog 2 of #Iamthe20th Series

July 17, 2014

Today’s guest blogs come from alums who shared stories on twenty.americorpsalums.org and mark our second blog in the #Iamthe20th series! Do you want your AmeriCorps program or Alums chapter to be featured next? It’s easy! Take a picture with our #Iamthe20th sign, post it on social media with the hashtag #Iamthe20th, and email your blog to maria@americorpsalums.org!

 

Gordon Liu

Gordon Liu

Gordon Liu

Why did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

AmeriCorps has had a huge impact on my personal and professional life. I have cherished the unforgettable experiences, memories, and skills, and hope others will have the opportunity to serve.

Where did you serve and where are you now?

THEN: 1st Term of Service – Breakthrough St. Paul (now Breakthrough Twin Cities) in St. Paul, Minnesota / 2nd and 3rd Term of Service – Youthlinks in Rockland, Maine

NOW:  Marketing and Operations Manager at the Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL) in Hope, Maine at the Maine Commissioner for Community Service and Co-President of the Midcoast Maine Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

Handcrafted through dodgeball and after school programs.

Stef Vestal

Stef Vestal

Stef Vestal

Why did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps is very important to me and presents a lot of great opportunities to advance National Service.  I am a proud alum who is dedicated to supporting other alums and current members any way I can.  I am active in both the City Year and AmeriCorps Alumni chapters in the Washington, DC area.  I think it is crucial for alums to stay involved and speak out; we need to make sure everyone knows about this amazing organization so that it can continue and grow in the coming years.  I look forward to a time where all young people can share their service stories with others.

Where did you serve and where are you now?

THEN: I served with City Year Rhode Island and City Year Washington, DC.

Now: After working for City Year for four years I transitioned to a new career in teaching.  I am now a Kindergarten teacher at a Title 1 school in Herndon, VA and a high school field hockey coach.

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

Proud Alum, still proudly serving.

Alex King

Alex King

Alex King

Why did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

I want to spread the national service movement to everyone near and far! AmeriCorps works and improves the lives of the poor, underserved, and marginalized in society.

Where are you serving and where do you hope to go next?

  • Now: I am serving in Detroit as a K-12 Education Program and Partner Developer VISTA from 2014-2015 helping create academic activities in neighborhood schools.
  • Next:I hope to be a community development or education Peace Corps Volunteer serving abroad when my service term ends!

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

Serving others is my lifetime goal!

 

 

Meghan Dillie

Meghan Dillie_cropped

Meghan Dillie

Why did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

I am passionate about service to others, and I wholeheartedly believe that AmeriCorps offers people an amazing opportunity to learn and grow in extraordinary ways. AmeriCorps gave me access to the resources, the knowledge, and the supports I needed in order to change my life while serving my community. I feel stronger, smarter, and more capable now than I ever have, and for that, I will be eternally grateful. I’m sharing my story now because the single greatest lesson I learned through my service is that leadership is about building relationships and shared purpose with people, and personal narratives are an excellent way to do just that.

Where did you serve and where are you now?

Then: I served two terms with Public Allies Pittsburgh. In 2012-2013, I served as the CAS Analyst at Community Action Southwest in Washington, PA. In 2013-2014, I was the Employment Network Coordinator at Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living in Washington, PA.

Now: I am currently a Family Economic Success Caseworker at Community Action Southwest.

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

Service with AmeriCorps saved my life.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott holding a picture of the alum he nominated on twenty.americorpsalums.org

Jason Scott holding a picture of the alum, Joshua Cunningham, who he nominated on twenty.americorpsalums.org

Why did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

I wanted to share the story of another alum, Joshua Cunningham, that I had the opportunity to work with as an AmeriCorps site supervisor back in 2011-2012.
Josh brought such tremendous creativity and a high level of intrinsic motivation to his work and that work ethic has carried him through the past several years to a place where many of his aspirations during the 2011-2012 Corps year have been achieved in a relatively short time.  I think his story shows what the passionate pursuit of service can yield for the community as well as the individual and speaks towards the core of what AmeriCorps represents.

I found my own national service experience to be immensely transformative and rewarding, but have found that my “AmeriCorps Experience” has been reframed over the past several years through my role as a professional supervisor of an AmeriCorps member.  During my own term of service with the NCCC, I had the opportunity to lead a team and discovered the challenges and rewards of helping others find value and purpose in their own service experience.  I have had the opportunity to continue this mentorship role in my professional work and it has become the true highlight of my AmeriCorps Experience.  The Town of Farragut’s Stormwater Matters program is moving into its 4th year hosting an AmeriCorps Service Member.  A 4th year of creating a legacy of service in our community and a 4th year of helping our members follow their dreams.

Where did you serve and where are you now?

Then: AmeriCorps*NCCC, Perry Point (2006) & AmeriCorps Florida State Parks, Talbot Island State Park (2007)

Now:  Stormwater Coordinator, Town of Farragut TN

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

Helping Others Find Purpose in Service

 

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