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We Need You: A Message from One AmeriCorps Trailblazer to Another

August 11, 2015

Today’s guest blog is written by the AmeriCorps Alums Trailblazers Steering Committee.The Trailblazers are a group of AmeriCorps alumni who started serving between 1994 and 2004. These alums led the way so that others could follow in their path. They are exemplars, who continue to live a life of service as stated with the six powerful words of the AmeriCorps pledge: “my year of service and beyond.” Learn more and join the Trailblazers here

When we joined AmeriCorps, no one knew what it was.Most people didn’t even know how to pronounce it. The uniforms didn’t fit right, and we got a lot of questions from people who didn’t understand what we were doing, or why. And it was the best thing we ever did.

Headshots of Alums' Trailblazers Steering Committee

Steering Committee: Emily Gilliland, William Consuegra, Emily Cherniack, Seth Marbin, and Roger Wong

That’s why we’re launching a new club for early alumni of AmeriCorps – and we want you to join.

Each of us served with AmeriCorps between 1994 and 2004, and it was one of the most defining moments of our lives. Because of that, we want to make sure all Americans have the opportunity to serve. We’re also committed to ensuring that each AmeriCorps member and alum has what they need to launch careers of impact after service.

That’s why we’ve launched The Trailblazers. The Trailblazers are a group of AmeriCorps alums who served from 1994-2004 and are invested in the Alums network. (Because AmeriCorps Alums gets things done!) Check out this three-minute video and this two-page flyer to see what an incredible year it has been been.

This September 12th marks the 21st anniversary of AmeriCorps. And we want the 21st year of AmeriCorps to be the best year yet. But:

Once again, you have the chance to pave a new road for our county by making a donation that supports the talent that’s “Made in AmeriCorps.” That’s why we want you to join us. You’re a trailblazer. You know there are still new paths to explore and new leaders to support. Join today.

The Trailblazers Steering Committee

Emily Cherniack (City Year Boston AmeriCorps 2001-2002; Founder, New Politics)

William Consuegra (Texas Youth Harvest AmeriCorps 1994-1995; Senior Economic Development Specialist of Commerce City, Colorado)

Emily Gilliland: (Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Member 1996-1998; President and CEO, Camp Fire Columbia)

Seth Marbin: (AmeriCorps Youth Volunteer 1995-1996, AmeriCorps VISTA 1998, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow with City Year 1999-2000; Program Manager at GooglersGive, Google)

Roger Wong (AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellowship 2003-2005; Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Marsh & McLennan Companies)

For more information on The Trailblazers Club and to share your feedback, join AmeriCorps Alums for a conference call on September 8th from 12-1 p.m. EDT. Registration is required and you can RSVP by clicking here. We look forward to sharing more with you!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2015 3:13 pm

    I served in 1997 with the Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium working in Marin County with Huckleberry Youth Programs doing HIV testing, sexual health education, and street outreach to homeless youth. AMERICORPS CHANGED MY LIFE! I wouldn’t be the professional I am today without my year of service. I’m proud to now support over 100 americorps members in programs run by my agency Oregon Campus Compact. I may be a trailblazer but it is even more important to do trail work the keep the pathways we have blazed open for the next generation of young people to improve the health of their communities while building their own professional skill set. Now more than ever we need AMERICORPS and national service as an accessible ladder into both a living wage career path but also a lifelong commitment to community engagement and service.

    Joshua Todd, MPA, BSW, Americorps 97-98
    Executive Director, Oregon Campus Compact

  2. Martin "Marty" Mack permalink
    September 12, 2015 9:57 pm

    I was a member of Volunteer Maryland class 10,under the leadership of Barbara Reynolds,and Nancy Gregory.I served as a volunteer coordinator for a organization called Assist. We provided services for seniors who were handicapped and in need of transportation to and from appointments. The training,and service, was one of the most rewarding,and best experiences of my life…..I am now retired from a career in the music and restaurant industries…I often think of returning to the workforce as a volunteer coordinator.

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