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AmeriCorps Alums is pleased to announce two recipients of the 2016 AmeriCorps Alums Eli J and Phyllis N. Segal Leadership Award: Tanika Lynch of Baltimore, MD and Bria Price of Washington, D.C.

New in 2016, it was designated to recognize emerging leaders who demonstrated strong collaboration and leadership potential during their AmeriCorps service, and a commitment to equity and an impact career. In addition, the awardees are also named Segal Fellows as part of a strategic partnership with the Eli J and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program.


Tanika Lynch, a Playworks ’16 AmeriCorps alum, is currently in the Urban Teacher residency program at City Springs Elementary / Middle School in Baltimore where she is team-teaching in a 5th grade classroom.  She shared, “The communities AmeriCorps seeks to support are often under-resourced and in a state of disrepair. Non-profits that seek to make communities safer, stronger, and healthier must first understand how racism and other tools of oppression have counteracted each of those goals. With that in mind, they are then able to address root causes. Whereas the private sector has a fiscal bottom line, non-profits are able to get closer to the heart of the people.” Tanika holds a long term interest in the intersection of education, incarceration, and community development.

Bria Price, a City Year ’15, ‘16 AmeriCorps alum, currently works at City Year as an Impact Manager where she’s deeply invested in creating a powerful culture of learning for AmeriCorps members at the Johnson Middle School in Washington DC.  Bria shares, “Service is the gateway to consistent learning and growth if investment is for your community first, the world second and you third.  I could not be successful at one unless I was successful at all, but to do so required growth in me as a leader.” Bria envisions a career that merges social justice, education, and the arts.


About Eli Segal & the Award

Eli J. Segal has been described as the "father of AmeriCorps.” He served as the first CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and under his leadership AmeriCorps was created. To honor Eli, and build upon his legacy, AmeriCorps Alums gives the Eli J and Phyllis N. Segal AmeriCorps Alums Leadership Award to recognize the achievement and potential of an outstanding alum whose work, after completing his or her service in AmeriCorps, demonstrates entrepreneurial vision and leadership to make this a better world.

Being awarded the Eli J and Phyllis N. Segal AmeriCorps Alums Leadership Award automatically enrolls the awardee in the Segal Fellows Leadership Program (see below for full program description). 

About the Eli J and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

The Fellows Program provides emerging leaders an opportunity to join a community of other like-minded changemakers. These leaders collaborate across sectors and topic areas to break down silos and create solutions in the pursuit of a more just and equitable world.

There are over 90 inspiring, diverse, and multi-generational fellows who are already leaders in their communities, as well as a network of over 500 Founders and program partners. In addition to AmeriCorps Alums, Fellows gain entry into the program through partnerships with diverse leaders from Brandeis, City Year, CNCS, and the Service Year Alliance. For more information about the program, please visit


Benefits of the Award & Joining the Eli J and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University

  • Be matched with a seasoned professional to act as your personal mentor throughout your fellowship year
  • Gain entrance to an inter-generational network and group of peers who share a similar mission-driven mindset for being engaged in the community and seeking unique, collaborative solutions for current societal problems
  • Be partnered with a near-peer "buddy" who will support your entrance into the program as a new Segal Fellow
  • Engage with the program's unique partners and incredible leaders across the country.
  • Expand your personal network of other service alums (nearly 50% of our Fellows completed a year or more of service)
  • Participate in a series of workshops and sessions that use the Segal Citizen Leadership curriculum focusing on developing and identifying your personal strengths, workstyle, trajectory and goals alongside a cohort of other new Segal Fellow AmeriCorps Alums in D.C. and Boston. 

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