Being an AmeriCorps Alum is a thing. A real thing that you carry with you for the rest of your life. Something that has value, that means something, that gives your life story context and precedes you in a conversation or an interview. Being an Alum is something that immediately connects you to other people who are Alums, and gives you membership in a pretty remarkable 820,000 person club.
This is what we believe at AmeriCorps Alums – and drives us daily to build an organization of social impact leaders by connecting, supporting, and engaging alumni across all AmeriCorps programs in a national network.
It’s also something that our partners see – and are recognizing more and more. When two graduate schools – named after Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton – decide they want to meet with our chapters in Dallas, Des Moines, and New Orleans to specifically recruit Alums for their graduate programs, that says something.
When we decided to create a free virtual graduate school fair for our members to get them the most access and information available for impact careers – we were able to make the opportunity available only to schools that match the Segal Education Award. (You should sign-up here).
At November’s BoardSource Conference, three Alums – including two members of our National Advisory Council – attended on scholarship and continued to advance our goal of encouraging nonprofit boards of directors to recruit more women and persons of color as members.
We each exit AmeriCorps just scratching the surface on our potential for impact and leadership. As Corps members, we tutored, provided emergency relief, and supported economic opportunity. Now we’re a network of Alums dedicated to ‘getting things done’, with more impact, influence, and reach than ever before. This is what drives AmeriCorps Alums. In 2013 AmeriCorps Alums has strengthened its network to 75 active chapters across the country, created University partnerships with over 30 schools, and developed a robust portfolio of professional development resources supporting over 10,000 alumni.
Never have I been more excited about the power of Alums as individuals in a networked community that will strengthen communities and our country. That’s the power of AmeriCorps Alums.
The AmeriCorps Alums Virtual Grad School Fair: Thursday, December 12, 2013
AmeriCorps Alums is proud to announce the launch of the AmeriCorps Alums Virtual Grad School Fair, an event that will connect you to a wide variety of graduate schools and programs that offer special incentives specifically for AmeriCorps members and alumni. The event features only schools that offer financial incentives to alumni which allow you to maximize your Ed Award. The event will occur on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 1PM to 5PM Eastern time. Best of all, the event is FREE to current AmeriCorps members and alumni. You can register or learn more here.
The last month has seen a flurry of action from AmeriCorps Alums chapter across the country. Here are some highlights:
Los Angeles Chapter Steps Up for Thanksgiving
With the help of Alums, members, AmeriCorps programs, family, and friends, the AmeriCorps Alums LA Chapter successfully collected 1,012 cans of green beans and 106 pumpkin pies to contribute to Big Sunday's 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event. They helped fill over 1,000 bags of food which was distributed to over two dozen non-profit agencies and their clients. You can read more about their efforts here.
Continuing Education Series Engages Chapters Nationwide
The AmeriCorps Alums Continuing Education Series provides a valuable professional development platform for members and alumni seeking to pursue a graduate school degree, while also engaging a panel on available career paths. School partners Brandeis University, the Bush School of Government & Public Service, and the Clinton School of Public Service took center stage in November. The events are free to members and alumni, and feature schools that offer a match to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. In November, events were conducted in Des Moines, Miami, Dallas, and Atlanta. AmeriCorps Alums sends a special shout out to each of those chapters for organizing and conducting successful events in each of those locations. Read about the Dallas event here.
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Member Spotlight: Marchelli Hill
This month's member spotlight takes us to Houston, TX, and AmeriCorps Alum Marchelli Hill, who serves as the Community Involvement Coordinator with the city of Houston. One of the great benefits AmeriCorps provides is the professional skillset to launch impact careers. We've heard countless stories about how AmeriCorps prepares alumni to succeed in their professional career, and Marchelli's story shares that common thread. Read her story here.