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June 2012: Issue No. 7

AmeriCorps alumni who are passionate about social change through service have a home at Illinois State University's Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development. The Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program is designed for AmeriCorps alumni to take their careers to the next level.
Through coursework and an 11-month paid internship, students earn a master’s degree in Applied Economics, Political Science, or Sociology. Within each degree program, the Applied Community/Economic Development Sequence covers a range of topics, including project design and management, grant writing, and other subjects in administration and planning. Additionally, each student drives an individual research agenda in areas like sustainable development, food systems, microfinance, and housing.
The ACED Fellows Program is interdisciplinary, relevant, and challenging, with a unique combination of benefits:
  • Every student we accept receives generous financial support. ACED Fellows have a full tuition waiver, a graduate assistantship with stipend, and a paid internship.
  • A truly interdisciplinary classroom. Our students benefit from their peers’ and faculty’s range of expertise and diverse backgrounds.
  • Real-world experience. Applied projects are woven into courses during the year on campus. ACED Fellows then apply their knowledge through an 11-month internship in the field—a great platform for the next career move.
  • Individual attention. Illinois State University has the resources of a large university with the feel of a small school. The Stevenson Center is also small by design, with seminar-sized classes and strong faculty and staff support.

Graduates of the ACED Fellows Program pursue careers in the U.S. and abroad, with organizations like the American Red Cross, Action Against Hunger, NeighborWorks America, and many more. Read about the impact of AmeriCorps alumni Niko Valaris, Joseph Alustiza, Dana Bulba, Katie Mitchell, and Nicolette Slagle.

Dana Bulba
AC Program: Teach For America
Year(s) Served: '08-'10

Christian Rivera-Perez
AC Program: VISTA
Year(s) Served: '04-'05

Carolyn Schulte
AC Programs: Catholic Charities, Greenbrier Learning Center
Year(s) Served: '09-'11

Niko Valaris
AC Program: NCCC
Year(s) Served: '08-'10

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. In communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs.

Watch this animated video to learn more about City Year's Long-Term Impact strategy, a plan to ensure that 80% of students in the high-need, public schools City Year serves, reach 10th grade on track and on time.
City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps. Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year has established programs in 23 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, SC, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Little Rock/North Little Rock, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Miami, Milwaukee, New Hampshire, New York, Orlando, Greater Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Sacramento, San Antonio, San José/Silicon Valley, Seattle/King County, and Washington, D.C., and international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps.
City Year is currently hiring staff and corps member positions across the country in Program and Impact, Recruitment, Development, Training, Communications, Operations and Executive leadership.

For more information or to review all open staff positions including start-up opportunities with City Year Jacksonville, please click here.
For more information on how to become a City Year corps member, please click here.

By joining City Year, you become part of a diverse team, working in an exciting fast-paced environment with tremendous opportunities for personal and professional growth.  City Year is hiring!
Brian Alexander
Program Manager
City Year Washington, DC
AC Program: Teach For America
Served: '08-'10
Allison Graff-Weisner
Executive Director
City Year Los Angeles
AC Program: Public Allies
Served: '98-'99

Jessica Muhm
Leadership Gifts Officer
City Year Seattle/King County
AC Program: Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Served: '03-'04

Zuleyka Rios
Admissions Coordinator
City Year Milwaukee
AC Program: College Possible
Served: '09-'11

Let’s be honest – Most of us spend a lot of time on social media. According to this infographic from, an estimate of 53.5 billion minutes were spent on Facebook in the last year and on a busy day on Twitter, over 170 million tweets are sent out. Those are great numbers to realize as you include social media channels into your job search.
In 2011, 41% of the graduating college classes used social media in their job search. Companies are present on many social media platforms and use the channels to send updates on job posting, company updates, and upcoming hiring events. Make sure you find the leading companies in your industries of interest and follow them on LinkedIn, Facebook, google+, and Twitter. Also, it’s a good idea to find the leading thought leaders in each of your professional industries. They often will have connections and be first in sharing job and internship opportunities from key employers.
Add some professional resources to your timeline and you’ll be actively job searching without even realizing it!  Effective use of social media can significantly enhance your career prospects!
On Tuesday, June 12th, 2012, from 1PM to 2PM, Mark Shriver will share lessons from his new book, A GOOD MAN: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver. Shriver will share the moral principles that guided his legendary father, Sargent Shriver, and how he applied them to his own life.
As founder of the Peace Corps, VISTA, Head Start, Upward Bound and more, Sargent Shriver created an avenue for hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens to put into practice their ideals and beliefs. The story of Sargent Shriver is a story that every American should know, especially those committed to service.

How will the webinar focus on AmeriCorps alumni?
The conversation will offer  insights into leadership principles that AmeriCorps alumni can apply to their career and personal lives.
Register for this event here.

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