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AmeriCorps Alums' National Advisory Council Members in Attendance at 2015 AmeriCorps Alums Leadership Forum

Dear Alum,

Last week, with the support of the Annie E. Casey and Ford Foundations, AmeriCorps Alums convened 22 alums from across the country for the 2015 AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Forum. The group of alumni were drawn from our 20th Anniversary Leadership Award winners and National Advisory Council members. Together, we represented a diversity of backgrounds and experiences including a state legislator, an urban farmer, a pediatrician, a spoken word poet, a chapter leader, and several non-profit executives.

During the forum, we examined our organization’s work and the results we’re seeking to achieve, using data from a range of sources on social sector leadership as well as our current programming that supports alumni. We considered talent pipelines from service to employment, work-readiness skills that members and alumni need, questions of race, gender, and economic equity of opportunity, and more. Throughout our time together, this group of alums advised us and will continue to help shape the next generation of Alums’ work.

We’re excited, inspired, and ready to get things done in partnership with all of you. In the coming months, we’ll be using this space to continue a discussion on how we ensure all alumni are supported as engaged citizens and civic leaders after service. We’ll also offer ways for any alum who is interested to help guide our future work. In the meantime, and as always, if you have thoughts or feedback, please email us at or

In service,

Ben and Mary

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We pass down family recipes, traditions, and names. Why not our commitment to serve? For AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award winner Joyce Yamaato, service has been part of her family for four generations. “Service starts with family,” says Joyce, and “family in my culture is basically everyone.” In her Mother’s Day blog, read more about how Joyce is passing down her community service values.

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AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award winner William Consuegra says, “I was raised to believe that America is the land of opportunity. My parents emigrated from Colombia, and they always taught me to consider myself lucky to live in America. But, I also believe all of us, not just those of us that are newer to this country, have a duty to give back to the community and country that has given us so much. I’ve also wondered how much my desire to serve was shaped by being a first-generation American.” Learn what William discovered as he started exploring the answer to his question.

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Looking for ways to honor AmeriCorps members and alums? Join us, our chapters, and national service partners in June to celebrate AmeriCorps’ Class of 2015! Visit for ways to get involved. You can download and customize a graduation certificate for yourself or an alum graduating this year, get tips on planning an event, and explore ways to connect to AmeriCorps Alums resources. Whether you graduated this year or 20 years ago, we invite you to get involved. Stay tuned for more details in the next few weeks and a social media campaign in late June.

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Together, we are building a movement. After serving in AmeriCorps, three out of four alumni pursue a career that impacts the world. We know it takes more than one service term to reach our full potential as civic leaders, but we can’t imagine a better starting line than a service year. How can we encourage more Americans to serve? Read more about what leading AmeriCorps alumni and Shirley Sagawa, the godmother of the modern service movement, have to say.

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