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Plan a June Summer Getaway with Alums!

June 1, 2016

shannonculverwell300pxToday’s guest blog is written by AmeriCorps Alums intern Shannon Culverwell. A rising senior at James Madison University (JMU), Shannon is majoring in Global Justice Studies and pursuing two minors in Political Science and Humanitarian Affairs. Currently Shannon is also a member of JMU’s Accountability Board and a global duke or ambassador for JMU’s Study Abroad office. Shannon also previously worked as a JMU Resident Advisor and helped her residents fully integrate into the JMU community.

Summer is great for beach trips, barbeques, and SERVICE! What, is service not on your summer trip agenda yet? Add it to your travel plans this summer! Join AmeriCorps Alums at this year’s Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service in Detroit, Michigan, on June 27-29, 2016. This is a great opportunity to network, learn, and strategize with the AmeriCorps Alums team and other service-oriented people like you. We hope to see you there!

2016 POL conference

Not signed up for conference yet? There is still time to register and sign up for this year’s Alums sessions. Check out the workshops with AmeriCorps Alums and those featuring amazing alumni below and add them to your itinerary.

In addition to these great sessions, don’t forget to look for an AmeriCorps Alums section at the opening and closing plenaries. Alums will be the ones holding the AmeriCorps Alums banners and cheering the loudest!

Suggested AmeriCorps Alums Conference Schedule

Monday, June 27

  • Attention AmeriCorps Program Directors: Resources for You and Your Members (10:30-12:00 p.m. in Cobo Room 142 A; Session ID: 130070)

Featured speaker: Mary Bruce (Co-executive Director, AmeriCorps Alums)
If you work as an AmeriCorps program staff, join AmeriCorps Alums for this interactive session. We’ll share best practices from across the network and specific resources to support currently serving Corps members’ professional development and “life after AmeriCorps.” Research shows these initiatives improve Corps members’ retention and satisfaction rates, thereby boosting programmatic impact.

  • Financial Coaching Demo (1-1:30 Exhibit Hall Main Stage)

    One of AmeriCorps Alums most popular webinars of 2015 was “Tips for Financial Success” co-hosted by the Points of Light Financial Opportunity Corps. Points of Light, in partnership with Bank of America, has built a successful, nationwide financial coaching model. Come observe a live coaching demo at conference which AmeriCorps Alums will help introduce! Accounting Aid Society, a Points of Light, Detroit-based, financial coaching organization, will demonstrate a financial coaching session. An AmeriCorps VISTA and a community volunteer will serve as the financial coach and coaching client. Witness a coaching pair as they create action items to place the coaching client on the pathway to reaching financial goals!

  • Opening Plenary: The Soul of our Movement (3:30 to 5 p.m. in Cobo Grand Riverview Ball Room; Session ID: 237258)

Featured speakers: Mike Ellison (Actor, Recording & Performance Arts), Brittany Packnett (Executive Director, Teach For America: St. Louis), Alessandra Orofino (Co-Founder and Executive Director, Meu Rio and Our Cities), Muhammad Ali

“If New York is a measure of our financial might and Los Angeles a yardstick for our imagination, Detroit is a gauge of our soul.” — Frank Bruni, New York Times op-ed columnist.

Inspirational changemakers tell the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of Detroit and speak to what comes next and what’s possible for our service movement to inspire and create real, lasting solutions for communities in need across the globe.

  • Welcome to Detroit Celebration and Fireworks Show (5:30 to 10 p.m. in Cobo Center Atrium: Session ID: 237270)

    You won’t want to miss the Welcome to Detroit celebration and an exclusive opportunity to see the 58th annual fireworks display in celebration of the United States’ Independence Day and Canada Day. This spectacular display lights up the sky over Windsor and Detroit. The evening promises to be fun-filled, with food and live entertainment followed by a fantastic Detroit Ford Fireworks show.

Tuesday, June 28

  • Service to Leadership: Building Your Impact Career (10:30-12:00 pm Tuesday, June 28th 2016 in the Cobo Room 252 B: Session ID: 130134)

Featured Speakers: Ben Duda (Co-Executive Director, AmeriCorps Alums)

Join us to learn new ways to leverage your service experience into a career of impact. Hear from social sector leaders who started their careers in service and navigated challenges to reach their current positions of influence in diverse fields. Learn about specific tools available to you from AmeriCorps Alums. Then, have the opportunity for three rounds of speed networking with leaders in the field and conference attendees.

  • AmeriCorps Alums Town Hall Luncheon, sponsored by IPSL Study Abroad + Service-Learning (12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Cobo Room 260 Portside Ball Room; Session ID: 16357416)

This event sold out quickly last year, and you must register in advance to attend.We encourage you to add the luncheon to your agenda as soon as you register for conference.

Join over 200 AmeriCorps alumni from across the country! We will hear inspiring alumni stories and get connected to the latest resources to support YOUR commitment to a lifetime of service. During this luncheon, you’ll hear success stories from Alums’ leadership and identify specific ways to contribute to the alumni movement.

  • AmeriCorps Alumni: Leaders in Detroit’s Revitalization Efforts (2:30-4:00 p.m. in the Cobo Room 354; Session ID: 130316)

Featured Speakers: Victor Abla, Director (Lending and Portfolio Management, LISC), Ritchie Harrison (Community Development Planner, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy), Brandon Ivory (Program Officer, LISC), Shari Williams (Neighborhood & Operations Program Manager, Detroit Future City), and Stacey Rapp (AmeriCorps Program Director, LISC)

Hear from alumni of LISC’s AmeriCorps program who are using their service experience for the betterment of Detroit’s neighborhoods. LISC is dedicated to helping transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities. LISC’s AmeriCorps program provides capacity by placing AmeriCorps members with local nonprofit partners. Through training and leadership development, LISC’s AmeriCorps program provides members the opportunity to continue serving beyond their term of service

Wednesday, June 29

  • Closing Plenary: The Spirit of Activism (10:30-12:00 p.m. in the Cobo Grand Riverview Ball Room; Session ID: 237259)

Mariela Shaker (White House Champion of Change for World Refugees), Maya Azucena (Singer-Songwriter, Humanitarian), Christian Vanizette (Founder, Make Sense), Phillip Cooley (Co-Owner, Slows Bar BQ & Ponyride)

Hear how a series of renowned changemakers define the central mission of their lives around the passion and purpose of social justice, change and artistic activism bringing insights into how we can revitalize and focus our mission with renewed purpose and commitment.

Additional Conference Sessions can be found here.

Other questions about conference? Please visit http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/. Can’t make it to Detroit? Follow @AmeriCorpsAlums, @POLConference, and #ServiceUnites on Twitter to join the conversation online.

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