AmeriCorps Week, held this year March 10 to 18, is traditionally an opportunity for the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps grantees to celebrate members in service and build community awareness for the impact of AmeriCorps.
In recent years, it has also been an opportunity for AmeriCorps Alums, Points of Light's enterprise engaging alumni of national service, to accentuate their passion for service and their continued commitment to a lifetime in service.
Here are some snapshots from across the AmeriCorps Alums network:
- The AmeriCorps Alums national team convened an online community town hall.I facilitated a session with four diverse members of our community who each shared their AmeriCorps service stories – noting how their service experience informs their professional aspirations in the nonprofit fields of technology, higher-education, education reform and program management.
- The Philly AmeriCorps Alums chapter has a solid track-record of working in partnership with Mayor Michael Nutter's chief service officer. For AmeriCorps Week, they convened a civic leadership panel featuring a Philadelphia city councilman, deputy commissioner of the Philadelphia Streets Department, chief development officer of JEVS Human Services and director of fund development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America – all of whom are alumni of AmeriCorps programs.The mayor's reception room in Philadelphia was full with Alums interested in hearing about successful transitions from one's AmeriCorps year to a career in the nonprofit and public sectors.
- On Wednesday, the White House Office of Public Engagement hosted a Twitter chat, using #ACWeekChat, where the emphasis was on translating AmeriCorps service into nonprofit career paths, and our AmeriCorps Alums team helped moderate a great conversation – including questions from individual Alums like, “What are key skills and talents that you see from #AmeriCorps service? What should we highlight in our resumes?”
- In Saint Louis, our Alums chapter hosted the St. Louis AmeriCorps Summit, uniting Alums and members to discuss community impact.
- Our Washington, D.C., chapter co-sponsored a Life After AmeriCorps training for local AmeriCorps members and alumni that included more than 50 attendees.
Participating in AmeriCorps Works Here, Alums everywhere were encouraged to take pictures of where they worked, highlighting how national service creates a skill-building bridge to employment; emphasizing the theme that AmeriCorps Works.
Habitat for Humanity affiliates, legal-aid organizations and even the set of ESPN's SportsCenter were workplaces featured in the campaign – showing that AmeriCorps works. See the all the pictures submitted by following our Pinterest board.
AmeriCorps Week 2012 was a success for the AmeriCorps Alums community thanks to the passionate engagement of more than 20 city chapters and a host of volunteer leaders who found ways to engage in their lifetime of service.
Whether the 166 live participants at our online town hall, chapters hosting leadership summits and service days, or those sharing a picture and a story of how AmeriCorps worked in their own career – the AmeriCorps Alums community shined a bright light on the power of national service.
Ben Duda is a three-time AmeriCorps alum and the Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums. You can read previous Life After AmeriCorps Times entries here.