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MARCH 2014

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SPEA CONNECT Provides Flexible Path for AmeriCorps Alums to Develop as Leaders

After getting sucked into clicking through another “Top 20…” listicle on BuzzFeed or playing another level of Candy Crush, it’s easy to identify all the ways that technology has made wasting time easier than ever before. Of course technology also provides the innovation and tools needed to efficiently manage time and resources. Online higher education programs that bring ‘bricks and mortar’ academics to the internet, are an example of this and one that many Alums are taking advantage of. Anna Duquaine and Erica Abrams Yan are both AmeriCorps Alums attending Indiana University’s SPEA Connect program, a highly regarded (ranked 2nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report) online MPA program designed to prepare AmeriCorps Alums to take their careers to the next level.

Along with more than 50 AmeriCorps Alums who have enrolled in SPEA graduate programs in the last 5 years, Anna and Erica are able to take advantage of SPEA Connect’s generous credit waiver policy that provides any student who served in AmeriCorps with a credit waiver of 3 hours ($2,950 discount) up to a maximum of 6 hours ($5,900 discount). Because Anna and Erica are both busy professionals, the flexible and convenient structure of the SPEA Connect online MPA program allows them to study where and when it is most convenient for them. As MPA Director and Professor Bob Kravchuk shares, “We believe our online graduate programs are an ideal fit for AmeriCorps alumni given their dedication to public service, whether they are located in Washington DC or in a rural or urban community. SPEA Connect allows AmeriCorps alumni to further their knowledge and career prospects without having to leave their families and jobs.” To read more about the SPEA Connect experiences of Anna and Erica, view their stories below.

Anna Duquaine
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Erica Abrams Yan
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Ask The Career Coach: Salary Negotiation

by Denise Riebman (AmeriCorps '94)

Denise regularly 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 can submit it here.

Question: What's the best way to respond to the request for "salary history and salary requirement" when preparing job application materials?

$293.16 was my bi-weekly AmeriCorps stipend in 1994. It’s no surprise that after AmeriCorps, I was lousy at salary negotiation since if anyone offered me anything even slightly over that amount, I simultaneously felt very guilty and very wealthy. Don’t make my mistake as each future salary is based on the previous one. Just a single $5,000 salary bump in your 20s can result in a difference of more than a million dollars over the course of your career. By learning the Power of Compensation Negotiation, that money can be yours!

Power of Avoidance

If asked for salary requirements in your cover letter, unless it explicitly states that all applicants must include a figure (if so, general rule of thumb is a $10,000 range), write something like:

“My salary requirements are negotiable based upon job responsibilities and overall compensation package.”

Continue Ask The Career Coach here

Career Spotlight: Alums In Healthy Futures
by Amanda Green (AmeriCorps '01)

I started working for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in 2009, a national nonprofit dedicated to reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity. I saw the connection between my work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the AmeriCorps pledge, which I’d committed to in 2001 when I served as a Team Leader for AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in Sacramento, California. The AmeriCorps pledge starts, “I will get things done for America, to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.

As a Program Manager for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program from 2009-2010, I worked with schools and districts throughout the state of Florida to make healthy changes in schools. I was particularly motivated to work with schools in the panhandle of Florida, where I was born and raised. One school in Pensacola, Bellview Middle School joined the Healthy Schools Program in 2006 and focused on increasing physical activity and healthy eating for students. They were the first middle school in the school district to serve breakfast- and their students experienced immediate results. The school nurse reported a 30 percent reduction in students coming to the clinic in the mornings with headaches and stomachaches.

Continue Healthy Futures here

In this issue

SPEA Connect
Ask The Career Coach
Healthy Future Career Focus
Career Coaching Opportunity
Interviewing and Salary Strategy

Would you like a FREE hour of career coaching? Then please take a moment to fill out our BRIEF 2014 AmeriCorps Alums Professional Development Survey.  Survey respondents will be eligible to win prizes, including a free one-hour career coaching session with Karen Baker(California’s Chief Service Officer), Laura Gassner Otting(CEO of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group), orDenise Riebman (Director, Career Development at GWU’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy).
Monthly Career Webinar:
Environmental Careers

Join us on Friday, April 25th, 2014, as we explore careers with environmental touch points. We'll convene a panelists of Alums experts with experience in environmental careers who will share their insight and knowledge on how you can pursue a career in this field. Register here.


Strategy & Development Intern

Washington D.C.

Media & Communications Intern
Atlanta, GA

Associate Director, Alumni and Network Services
The Broad Center
Los Angeles, CA

Director of Development
Seattle, WA

Volunteer Coordinator
Gift of Life Donor Program
Philadelphia, PA

Chief Professional Officer
Boys and Girls Club of Nampa
Nampa, ID

VP of Strategic Communications
Missouri Foundation for Health
St. Louis, MO

Executive Director of Marketing Communications
Portland, ME


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