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FEBRUARY 2013 Newsletter
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February 2013  

In This Issue
1. Letter from Ben Duda 2. AmeriCorps Week 2013
3. Millennial Survey 4. In Case You Missed It


On February 15th, Senator Harris Wofford was celebrated by President Obama with the Presidential Citizen’s Medal. Harris Wofford – longtime former CEO of the Corporation for National Service, as well as a founder of the Peace Corps, an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a veteran of the Army Air Corps in WWII – is clearly deserving of this distinguished recognition. Harris Wofford also inspired me to join AmeriCorps after I heard him speak on campus as a college student in 1998. As I shared in Cornell’s Winter 2012 Issue of Ezra Magazine, his speech opened my eyes to the possibility of national service after graduation and I’ve never looked back.

So on February 18th, I was honored to speak to over 300 AmeriCorps members from Notre Dame Mission Volunteers about AmeriCorps Alums and talk to them about their own "Life after AmeriCorps.”

I also invited a panel of four incredible alumni leaders to join me to inspire an audience of current AmeriCorps members who were each looking to carry their pledge of service forward (from left to right): Bethany Hamilton of Community HealthCorps (an Equal Justice Works Alum and member of the AmeriCorps Alums National Advisory Council), Gary Williams of Public Allies Maryland (a Public Allies and NDMVA alum), and our AmeriCorps Alums BaltimoreChapter Leader Kelly Macbride-Gill (a Habitat for Humanity alum and current Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps member). Not pictured is Kristin Dawson, city government consultant specializing in performance based budgeting and an AmeriCorps NCCC alum.

These four shared their unique perspectives about how to navigate life after AmeriCorps and discussed important topics like going to grad school, articulating AmeriCorps experience in an interview and making the right career choice. It was a great demonstration of Harris Wofford’s impact – to be a part of this NDMVA community of AmeriCorps members and aspiring change agents, as well as with Alums panelists exemplifying how to carry one’s service forward.

Harris Wofford embodies the ultimate example of service leadership and that spirit carries forward in each of us that served in AmeriCorps. There are so many diverse and unique service stories out there and thus for AmeriCorps Week 2013, we want to hear your #MadeInAmeriCorps stories. What did service teach you? Where has AmeriCorps taken you? Celebrate and share how your life and career was #MadeInAmeriCorps.

In Service,

Ben Duda
Executive Director
AmeriCorps Alums

The goal of AmeriCorps Week is to bring awareness to the impact national service is making in cities across the country, so AmeriCorps Alums is celebrating by recognizing how leaders and communities have been "Made in AmeriCorps.” By raising awareness of the impact of AmeriCorps, we will also showcase how national service is a viable development pipeline for 21st Century leaders.


AmeriCorps Alums is celebrating AmeriCorps Week in three ways:

  • Building pride in AmeriCorps – Collecting stories, photos, and videos from alumni sharing what it means to be "#MadeInAmeriCorps”
  • Empowering current AmeriCorps members – Training active AmeriCorps members on the "Life After AmeriCorps” content and resources available from our organization, with region-specific webinar trainings over five consecutive days
  • Increasing AmeriCorps visibility – Activating AmeriCorps Alums chapters to serve alongside current AmeriCorps members in targeted cities, as well as provide curriculum for community conversations that highlight AmeriCorps alumni in local leadership

To learn more about AmeriCorps Alums’ activities on AmeriCorps Week, please visit

Help NonProfits Better Engage with Millennials

AmeriCorps Alums is partnering with Achieve on a national research project to learn about the preferences and interests of Millennials related to volunteering, donating and interacting with nonprofits. The results of this study will be released in July and will help guide nonprofits learn the best ways to involve Millennials in their causes. Please take a few moments to complete the surveyby March 8th; the survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.

Learn more about previous Millennial research or sign up to get updates on the study progress here.

In Case You Missed It


  • Congratulations to Harris Wofford on receiving the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal [ Video]
  • U.S. Education Department and CNCS Announce New School Turnaround AmeriCorps Program [ Press Release]
  • What Alums Ameri-Love about AmeriCorps [Blog]
  • Black History Month - Service Stories from Black and African American Alums [ Blog]
  • Coast to Coast – Alums are a Pretty Awesome Bunch [Blog]

Links & Announcements

  • Apply for the American Express Leadership Academy by March 22, 2013. Download the application here
  • Early Registration for 2013 National Conference on Volunteering & Service is now open! Register now and save!
  • Open call for submission and suggestions for our monthly Career Newsletter. Share your ideas here
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