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Continuing to Serve the World: IPSL After AmeriCorps
by Kimberly Ligon (AmeriCorps '09)

I was a member of AmeriCorps NCCC Class XV Denver Campus. For those 10 months of my life I traveled with the same 10 members, moving every 2 months onto a new project. During my time in NCCC, I canvassed communities in Galveston, Texas after the disaster of Hurricane Ike. I worked on wildfire prevention in the small community of Crown King, Arizona. I also served on Habitat for Humanity projects in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama. After AmeriCorps, I was a veterinary assistant in an animal hospital for 3 years, but there was always something missing. I missed the interaction with people; volunteering side by side helping to build and protect communities, striving to make communities across America better in any small way possible.
And as I realized how much I needed to go back to community work, the IPSL program came into my life. The IPSL Masters in International Development and Service can be and has been for me the perfect continuation of AmeriCorps.

I am now in the beginning of the third semester of the IPSL Masters in Development and Service Program. In these past three semesters, I have studied and learned about a vast array of topics and issues facing our planet. The effects of globalization across the world, ethical development practices, how to improve communication between cultures, and more. But I have not only been learning, I have been working side by side in every community the program has taken us to.


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Career Coach- Gratitude: What Does My Career Have to do with it?

by Denise Riebman, AmeriCorps '94

Each month Denise takes questions from the AmeriCorps Alums LinkedIn Group and responds in our "Ask the Career Coach" column. If you have a question for Denise, you you can submit it here.

Those of us in the national service world seem to have an easier time thanking others – our community, nonprofits, funders, legislators – than expressing gratitude for ourselves and how our careers are changing this world. So, I challenge you to make your 2014 New Year’s Resolution to focus appreciation on yourself and the impact of your career and I promise that not only will you shift the way you see yourself professionally but your career will thank you for it.

Gratitude for your STRENGTHS

"What are you GREAT at?” The common response when I ask this question is, "Well, I’m GOOD at xx and xx.” When I ask the question again, reemphasizing the word, "GREAT,” I am usually greeted by a long awkward silence. If I had asked instead, "What are you BAD at,” instead of silence I’m sure I’d get a long litany of answers. Evolution and society has driven us to focus on our weaknesses despite overwhelming research proving that if we find work that allows us to BUILD and BROADEN our strengths, we are not only more productive and more likely to find "flow” in our careers, we are also happier overall in our lives.

If you have your own long silent pause going on in your head right now thinking about what you are great at, here are some quick tips for identifying and being grateful for your strengths:

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Free Tax Returns are Back Through AmeriCorps Alums and

Each year, AMERICORPS ALUMS partners with to offer free federal and state tax return filings to Alums and current members. Last year, over 1,700 Alums took advantage of this offer, and received over $1.36 million in federal and state tax refunds. We want to outpace last year's results, but can only meet that goal with your help. Please share this opportunity on Facebook or Twitter with any AmeriCorps Alums and/or AmeriCorps members you know. In order to qualify for this offer, individuals or families must have 2013 household income under $58,000. To file your own free tax returns, please click here now.

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In this issue

IPSL After AmeriCorps
Career Coach
Free Tax Returns!
Webinar: Leadership in Public Service

Monthly Career Webinar:
Leadership in Public Service

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. For more details or to register, click here.

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