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SIT Propels Alum Towards Career In International Education
by Jessica Tharp (AmeriCorps '02)

SIT Graduate Institute is an education partner of AmeriCorps Alums and offers a $5,500 tuition match of the Segal Ed Award to enrolled AmeriCorps Alums. During the 2013-2014 academic year, SIT has awarded $93,182 in Ed Award matching scholarships to enrolled AmeriCorps Alums.

Right after I graduated from high school in 2001, I joined AmeriCorps NCCC. My team worked on a variety of projects: we constructed homes for Habitat for Humanity builds in Hawaii, acted as teaching assistants for an elementary school in California, worked as gardeners at a botanical garden in Oregon, were camp counselors at a camp for children and adults with disabilities, and served on the disaster relief team for the American Red Cross when a typhoon hit Guam. Through each project, I became more interested in issues around social justice, and learned how to collaborate with a diverse group of individuals. AmeriCorps inspired me to continue enacting positive change as well as develop the relevant skills, such as working as a team player, to actually contribute to this mission.

In the decade following my term in AmeriCorps, I continued to hone the skills I’d built in national service, before deciding to enroll in the SIT Masters in International Education program. When I started SIT, I had just returned from a year in Vietnam, where I taught English and advised Vietnamese high school students. Based on this experience, I knew I wanted to work in the field of international education. 
I only had a glimpse of the field I wanted to pursue while abroad, but at SIT...

Continue Jessica's story here

Apply to Points of Light Civic Accelerator: March 7 Deadline!

Are you part of an early stage social enterprise searching for funding? The Points of Light Civic Accelerator is the first accelerator program and investment fund in the country focused on "civic ventures"- for profit and nonprofit start-ups solving critical social problems. The three-month, boot-camp style program convenes 10-15 teams in person and online with the goal of equipping each start-up to seek investments and scale their social innovation. At the end of the program, ventures present at a "Demo Night" to impact investors, foundations, corporate executives, and social sector leaders. In addition, the two most promising ventures, one for-profit and one nonprofit, are selected to each receive a $50,000 seed investment with a twist- the entrepreneurs themselves make the decision.

The application for the fourth cohort of Civic Accelerators is accepting applications until March 7, and the program is set to start in April. Interested Alums can apply by redirecting here and clicking the "Apply Now" button. For more information contact Megan at

AmeriCorps Alum Helps Shape Policy On "Women In The Workplace"
by Kristin Ginger (AmeriCorps '09)

Have something to contribute about Women In The Workplace?  We want to hear from you!  Please join us at 3 PM EST on Friday, March 7th for a Twitter Town hall using #ALUMSNOW. The first Friday of each month, AMERICORPS ALUMS hosts a monthly twitter discussion on Alums in leadership.

When I became an AmeriCorps VISTA, it was because I had no idea what else to do with my life after graduation. It
wasn't entirely random—I’d been passionate about human rights and an active member of Amnesty International for seven years, and my VISTA position was at MCC Refugee Resettlement, where I was the New Arrivals Education Coordinator—but it wasn't something I planned out, either. I was terrified of the real world, and when I heard a friend talk about how he was going to do a year of AmeriCorps to buy himself time to figure out longer term plans, I decided to steal his idea.

Within my first few weeks at MCC Refugee Services, it was clear to me that the year would permanently change how I viewed the world. I was teaching survivors of genocide how to use computers, teaching refugees who’d never lived outside of a refugee camp how to interview for a job, and interviewing survivors of torture.

The year burned me out. I didn't know how to keep boundaries between myself and such difficult work, and I didn't
want to keep boundaries between myself and these people who were trusting me with their stories.

Continue Kristin's story here

In this issue

SIT Graduate Institute
Points of Light Civic Incubator
Women In The Workplace
Private Sector Careers for Good

Monthly Career Webinar:
Private Sector Careers for Good

Are you interested in for-profit career opportunities that create positive social impact? Then you won't want to miss our next professional development webinar. On February 28, we'll convene a panel of Alums that are challenging the idea that solving social issues is not the responsibility of businesses. Panelists will share tips and knowledge on careers for good in the private sector, and how you can transition into this type of career. Reigster here.

Strategy & Development Intern
Washington D.C.

Teach for America Corps Member
Teach for America

VP Chief Development Officer
Senior Services
Seattle, WA

Field Organizer
East Bay Organizing Committee
Sacramento, CA

Director of Development
UNC School of Arts
Winston-Salem, NC

Associate Producer, Backstory
VA. Foundation for the Humanities
Charlottesville, VA

Director of Marketing
Big Brother Big Sisters of L.A.
Los Angeles, CA

Associate V.P., Portland Center
Oregon State University Foundation
Corvallis, OR

Camp Nurse (RN)
YMCA Camp Weona
Gainesville, NY


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