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JANUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER
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January 2014


In This Issue
1. Join The Alums Movement- Bigger, Bolder, Further, Faster 2. Join Our 20th Anniversary Membership Campaign
3. Webinar: Opportunities and Responsibilities in Public Service Leadership 4. AmeriCorps Alums Virtual Grad School Fair Recap
5. AmeriCorps Alums Welcomes New Chapters

AMERICORPS ALUMS Alums: Bigger, Bolder, Further, Faster


2013 was a big year for AMERICORPS ALUMS, and 2014 is going to be even bigger. As individual Alums, and as a network of professionals, we are "getting things done,” with more impact, influence, and reach than ever before. AmeriCorps Alums are running corporate social responsibility programs at companies across the country, launching and leading mission-driven nonprofits, and serving as mayors and members of Congress. This past year, we hosted professional development events through our national chapter network, contributed thousands of volunteer hours in the communities where we live, and met with mayors, governors, and Congress to share our stories of service. As part of the national service community, we mobilized to support VISTAS when their stipend was threatened during the shutdown. We also mourned the tragic loss of a currently serving member due to violence in the streets. As an organization, ALUMS strengthened our network to 80 active chapters across the country, created university partnerships with over 30 schools to link Alums to higher education resources, and developed an even more robust portfolio of professional development tools to support you in strengthening your careers, communities, and our country.As we kick-off 2014, and celebrate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, we continue to be inspired by the courage, commitment, and passion of the Alumni community. So, this 20th year, we are going to be bigger and bolder, and grow further and faster. AMERICORPS ALUMS, the only national network supporting alumni of all AmeriCorps national service programs, is dedicated to providing even more coordinated networking, professional development, and educational opportunities – so that we, as individuals and as a community, can increase our social impact. 


We know that together we are building a dynamic network of engaged citizens and social impact leaders by accelerating the potential developed through national service. We also have big goals – and to reach them, we need your help. We’ll have more to share in the weeks to come, but first, we want to announce the launch of our 20th Anniversary membership campaign to double the number of members in our network. (Please read on to learn more about how you can help!)

In service,

Ben Duda and Mary Bruce
Co-Executive Directors
AMERICORPS ALUMS


Join our 20th Anniversary Membership Campaign. Forward to your Friends, your Colleagues, and your Organizations.

While there are nearly 1 million AmeriCorps Alums, many are not registered with AMERICORPS ALUMS the organization. This has consequences to individual Alums, our national service community, and ultimately our country. We know Alums are a powerful, dedicated, and proven network – but we’re only as strong as our membership. If we don’t know about you, we can’t celebrate your success. If we don’t have your email address, we can’t share the most up-to-date list of schools that match the Segal Education award. If you’re not registered, we can’t connect young Alumni with questions to mid-career Alums with expertise. There are many reasons all Alums aren’t enrolled… email addresses change, time passes by, and many assume they are automatically enrolled upon completion of their service - which they aren’t. But we can change this – and this year we will change it. We will work to ensure Alumni have access to these resources, and also to strengthen our network so that we all benefit from exponential impact of the "Alums Network Effect.” Our goal is to double our membership base this year so please, forward the paragraph below to your friends, your colleagues, and your organizations. And we’ll keep you updated on progress to our goal.

JOIN THE AMERICORPS ALUMS MOVEMENT! REGISTER TODAY!
Are you registered with AMERICORPS ALUMS? It is the only national network providing coordinated networking, professional development, and educational opportunities for the more than 800,000 alumni of all AmeriCorps national service programs. Register today – for free - to connect with your local chapter, access member benefits, and ensure your voice is represented in the national service alumni community. http://www.americorpsalums.org/login.aspx Follow our blog, and connect with us on
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Are you an Aspiring Public Service Leader? This Event is for you!

On January 29 at 7 p.m. EST, AmeriCorps Alums, in partnership with the University of North Carolina School of Government, will host a live webinar to discuss the opportunities and responsibilities facing those who pursue a career in public service leadership. This free, live event will include a panel of AmeriCorps Alumni students working to earn their graduate degrees in public administration, and will be hosted by faculty member Todd Nicolet, Associate Dean for Operations at the School of Government and Director of its innovative online Master of Public Administration program, MPA@UNC. During the session, learn about the challenges facing public service leaders, careers paths that MPA graduates pursue, and how public service leaders can help shape the future. It’s also an opportunity to ask questions about the program or what an MPA can do for you. Register here.

AMERICORPS ALUMS Virtual Grad School Fair: 1,500 Alums and Current Members Register to Meet Reps from 15 Schools


Nearly 1,500 AmeriCorps Alums and current AmeriCorps members registered for our inaugural virtual grad school fair to meet representatives from schools that match the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, including Princeton, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and IPSL. One university representative shared, "The AMERICORPS ALUMS Virtual Grad School Fair reaffirmed that AmeriCorps Alums are the type of student we want. The quality of students we connected with at the grad school fair was incredible, and we can't wait to connect with more at the next one."

If the timing wasn't quite right for you to think about graduate school for this past event, AmeriCorps plans to conduct our next grad school fair in the fall of 2014, so stay tuned for more details.

Thank you to our University partners that made this event a success!

Gold Sponsors: Willamette University MBA for Business, Gov't, and Not-for-Profit Management; IPSL (Concordia University); Brandeis University- The Heller School for Social Policy & Management
Silver Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon University- Heinz College
Bronze Sponsors: Clark University; Urban Teacher Center (Lesley University); University of the Pacific- McGeorge School of Law; University of Michigan- School of Information; Princeton University- Woodrow Wilson School; Prescott College; NYU- Wagner; Indiana University- SPEA; Indiana University- Lilly School; Columbia University- SIPA; American University- School of International Service


Welcome New Chapters in Bangor, Tucson, Grand Rapids, and Mesa Co (CO)

AmeriCorps Alums is pleased to welcome four new chapters to the AmeriCorps Alums Chapter Network. As we start 2014, bringing our total number of active chapters to 80. Join us in welcoming our new chapters and chapter leaders below.
Chapters serve as the local engagement point for Alums and current AmeriCorps members across the country, and we encourage you to connect with your local chapter if you haven't done so already. If there isn't a chapter in your area, consider starting a chapter.

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Links and Updates

2014 MLK, Jr. National Day of Service: Find a service opportunity with your local chapter or on the national MLK, Jr. Day website

AmeriCorps Alums Blog: AmeriCorps Alums Names New Executive Director

AmeriCorps Alums Facebook: AmeriCorps Alum Joins the Cast of Saturday Night Live

AmeriCorps Alums Blog: Four Schools You Might Not Know That Match The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Stanford Social Innovation Review: AmeriCorps Alum featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

Brown Alumni Magazine: AmeriCorps Alum and National Advisory Council Chair featured in Brown Alumni Magazine: Do Be Good.


 

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