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Serving with Integrity and Sincerity in AmeriCorps and IPSL

December 8, 2014

Today’s guest post is sponsored by IPSL, an organization operating international graduate programs that combine academic studies, community service, and full cultural immersion to give students a deeper, more meaningful study abroad experience. To learn more about IPSL, visit their website.

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” – Douglas Adams

Sashalee's head shot 2.more squareMy name is Sashalee King, and my AmeriCorps service influenced my desire to pursue a Master of Science degree in International Development and Service with IPSL (in partnership with the College of Mount Saint Vincent).  I proudly became an AmeriCorps member in 2012, motivated by my desire to give “real service” sincerely and with integrity. I had the opportunity to serve two years with Public Allies Delaware.

My Public Allies journey began with the strong belief that young, diverse people can unite and become an influential force to enhance and transform communities. Through a 10-month apprenticeship with a nonprofit organization, a team service project, and weekly leadership trainings, the Public Allies program helped me inspire and unite my community.

My passion is to build stronger communities through youth development initiatives, because it is imperative to encourage others to be a positive influence through their actions. My overall goal is to create my own nonprofit organization that caters to the youth of Jamaica. The IPSL graduate program was a natural fit for me. It could be a logical next step for many AmeriCorps alums looking to dig deeper into service and translate their domestic volunteering to an international sphere.

Since the IPSL program integrates academic studies, service-learning, and a purposeful study abroad experience, I was drawn to the possibilities it offers. I am perusing the IPSL dual MS and MBA degree. As a first year IPSL student, I am currently serving with a non-profit organization in the Bronx, New York three days a week along with taking courses on topics such as International Finance and Economic Development, Art as Social Intervention, Service Learning and Social Research Methods at the College of Mt. St. Vincent. In 2015, I will have the opportunity to study abroad and do service in two different countries for two consecutive semesters. I have chosen London, England and Manila, Philippines!

I believe the IPSL program was designed for individuals who are compassionate, fearless and eager to create change. This program is preparing me for a future in international nonprofit management. I feel I am reaping the benefits of being an AmeriCorps alum as I build my international and intercultural career skills with IPSL, and you could too. Visit the IPSL website and learn more about the program today.

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