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ABOUT AMERICORPS ALUMS

AmeriCorps Alums (a program of Service Year Allianceis the only national network that connects the nearly one million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs who have served since 1994 to the people, ideas, and resources that support their commitment to a lifetime of service. AmeriCorps alumni are predominantly between the ages of 21-35, more racially diverse than the U.S. population, and over 60 percent female. To learn more about who alums are and to understand their aspirations and impact on America, read our 2014 national survey, Untapped Potential.

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Mission
Today in America, one in five children lives in poverty, high school dropout rates persist, and the rungs of the ladder to economic mobility are shaky, at best. America’s challenges are real and urgent. We need all Americans – especially those who have proven themselves to be citizen leaders – to get involved in changing lives and communities. And we need them now. That’s why AmeriCorps Alums’ mission is to support alumni of all AmeriCorps programs to grow as civic leaders, for life. Join us today!

History
AmeriCorps Alums is the only national network that connects the nearly one million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs. AmeriCorps is a public-private partnership founded in 1994 that engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. All AmeriCorps programs are administered by the federal agency, The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS conducted a study that led to the development of an alumni association that became the "Partnership for National Service,” which at that time worked under the Points of Light Foundation (POLF).

In 1994, the National AmeriCorps Association was founded by a small group of AmeriCorps alumni. It was incorporated as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit named AmeriCorps Alums in April 1997. Once a membership of 2,000, the association is now a robust movement of hundreds of thousands of AmeriCorps supporters. To better serve and represent this growing community, the organization was renamed the National AmeriCorps Association in 2002.

In 2004, the board of AmeriCorps Alums decided to pursue a merger to strengthen the organization's capacity. After much research, deliberation, and consultation with alumni and stakeholders, the Board determined to merge the organization into Points of Light & HandsOn Network. AmeriCorps Alums, its network and brand, has thrived as an enterprise of Points of Light since January 2005. Read our 2013 Annual Report for an overview of our top priorities, profiles of leading alumni, and our plans to build a bigger and bolder community of engaged citizens.

In 2018, Service Year Alliance - an organization dedicated to making a year of service a common expectation and opportunity - officially acquired AmeriCorps Alums. 
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