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July 2012
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July 2012 Issue 
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There’s been a lot of chatter on and offline about the "next generation” of nonprofit leaders and how to fit Millennials into these roles. Not all AmeriCorps Alums are Millennials, but many in our network fit into the 20-35 year old age demographic, so we’ve been getting more engaged in the conversations about Millennials in the workplace.

Back in January 2012, we asked Alums to participate in a survey from Achieve Consulting that gathered data on how Millennials connect with the nonprofit sector. Millennial Alums responded in large numbers as one of the top survey groups, as many are working and leading in the nonprofit sector. The 2012 Millennial Report found that Millennials are very interested in connecting with nonprofits and have the time, talent, and money to help advise the direction of the sector.

I encourage you all to read the report and share the findings with the organizations you work with. Think of where your time, talent, and dollars can be best utilized in development opportunities within those causes, such as being part of a Board of Directors or program Chair. As an Alum, you are part of the leadership pipeline that will power our country’s future.

In Service,

Ben Duda

 Welcome New Alums!

Congrats to the many exiting AmeriCorps members who have completed their term of service this summer. You’ve got a lot to look forward to and though the path looks a bit uncertain, alumni are here to help! Share these resources with new Alums as they continue serving in their life after AmeriCorps:

Voices for National Service

On July 11th, Voices for National Service hosted Hill Day, an all day event for advocates to convene in Washington DC to speak with their local representatives on protecting funding for CNCS. Alums (pic right) met with members of Congress and shared information about how national service provides jobs, meets critical local and national needs, and why it should be prioritized by Congress.

On the same day, Voices also provided two white paper reports that highlight the impact that National Service is making across our country. Both reports help to demonstrate how CNCS is necessary and critical to providing opportunities, in light of our current economic downturn.

  • Download "National Service: Cost-Effectively Delivering Critical Services to Americans in Need"
  • Download "National Service: Providing Pathways to Employment"

July Chapter Highlights

  • Los Angeles Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums: Participated in L.A. Works Service Crawl 2012, an amazing race of volunteering across Los Angeles (pic above). See their album here.
  • Knoxville Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums: Held 1st official service event with an Adopt-A-Stream cleanup and assessment at Mary Vestal Park in South Knoxville. The chapter contributed 22 volunteer hours and removed over 200lbs of waste.
  • Bay Area Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums: Volunteered at The Presidio Native Plant Nursery, which grows nearly 60,000 plants each year! Activities included transplanting seedlings, pruning, composting, and seed collecting.
  • Miami Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums: Conducted weekly service projects with Regis House, where they lead focused conversations with the teens on decision making, impact and expectation vs. actual outcomes.

If you are interested in starting a chapter, please complete a chapter leader application and return to Greg Heinrich.

Announcements & Links

  • Get your kids involved with summer of service as a Community Action Hero! Learn more here
  • Join a Let's Move! Olympic Fun Day near you on July 28th and help spread the word! Get started here.

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