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In This Issue
1. Alums Make The AmeriCorps Alums Community! 2. Celebrating Rachel Turner and Sean McDevitt
3. Points of Light Civic Accelerator Now Accepting Applications 4. AmeriCorps Alums Member Discount Spotlight

Alums Make The AmeriCorps Alums Community!

AmeriCorps Alums are what makes AmeriCorps Alums.  The caliber of individual that exits their service experience and continues to do great things never ceases to amaze me. This month, we’re celebrating two fantastic chapter leaders that are moving on to exciting new career opportunities and leave a legacy of long-standing leadership in service to their local chapters.  Sean was at the nexus of the highly successful Boston Board model and ambassador program, while Rachel led a partnership with Philadelphia City Hall and incredible engagement of alums on MLK Day. And there's more!

  • Sharon shares why quitting her job was the best career decision she made, and "Alums Career Coach Denise Riebman provides guiding words on managing the prospects of unemployment
  • Susan shares why she decided to step up and lead the San Diego Chapter, and the Chicago chapter welcomed CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer to the Windy City this month
  • Andriana shares how her AmeriCorps service inspired her career path in social justice & Delaware honored Yvette Artis as the 2013 Delaware Alum of the Year (shouldn’t every state honor an alum of the year? Let’s make that happen!)

These stories of a lifetime of service are an important part of being an AmeriCorps Alum. Next month begins our year-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, and an exciting time to (re)engage and profile Alums as the 21st century pipeline of leaders.  We’re excited to share your story and hear what you’re doing now.

In Service,

Ben Duda

P.S. Are you connected to the Alums network through Facebook and LinkedIn? You should be!

Celebrating the Chapter Leadership of Rachel Turner and Sean McDevitt

AmeriCorps Alums' network of 75 AmeriCorps Alums chapters represent a critical leadership cohort of local volunteers who are serving and leading and building social capital amongst alums in their cities. This month, we are featuring two longstanding chapter leaders, Rachel Turner and Sean McDevitt, both of whom are stepping down as chapter leaders after years of exemplary service in support of the AmeriCorps Alums chapter network.

Rachel Turner has served as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums since 2010, and during her tenure, she has worked closely to create impactful partnerships with the Philadelphia Mayor's Office, local AmeriCorps programs, and other community organizations. Her thoughtful and strategic nurturing of local allies has produced one of the highest performing chapters in the AmeriCorps Alums chapter network.  From professional development events that worked to highlight career paths for
alumni who may have just completed their term of service to working directly with Philadelphia's Chief Service Officer around National AmeriCorps Week planning, Rachel's leadership is responsible for creating a venue for hundreds of AmeriCorps alumni in the Philadelphia metro area to gather and continue a commitment to a lifetime of service.  Rachel shares,

Continue Rachel and Sean's story here

Points of Light Civic Accelerator Now Accepting Applications 

If you have an emerging venture that's ready to take a transformative next step -- consider applying to be part of the next Points of Light Civic Accelerator cohort.

The Civic Accelerator has proven to be an exceptional training ground for social entrepreneurs, some of whom are AmeriCorps Alums. Shane Gring, a Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Alum, was the first Alum to be part of the Civic Accelerator.  His organization BOULD was part of Cohort 1, and we first profiled Shane and BOULD when they were accepted to the 2012 Unreasonable Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Another Alum, Grace Andrews, recently completed the Points of Light Civic Accelerator Cohort 2 as part of the leadership team of GraphAlchemist, and she shared her thoughts on the value of the program.

"My experience in the Points of Light Civic Accelerator was not only great for my professional aspirations, but also my personal life. Besides working on traditional start-up exercises like business plans, financial models and pitching, I was able to build relationships with the other members of my cohort. They were a great support system outside of the Accelerator. As the program progressed and my business model and execution became more refined, I found myself calling the other companies and organizations not only friends, but family. Having such a strong bond allowed me to be open to criticism and willing to ask difficult yet thoughtful questions of my fellow peers. Needless to say, I completed the program far better than I was going in."

To learn more about the Points of Light Civic Accelerator, please click here now.


Member Discount Spotlight: GEICO

Over the past year, AmeriCorps Alums has worked to offer a variety of benefits for the Alums community. Today, we are highlighting our partnership with GEICO.  Since 2012, GEICO has offered an affiliated discount for AmeriCorps alumni for your car, rental, and homeowner's insurance needs. If it's time for you to reassess your insurance needs, quotes are free and take just a minute.  If you are already with GEICO, call up your insurance representative and ask about the affiliated discount for AmeriCorps alumni.  Click here to get started.

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