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Service News Digest: CNCS In the News, AmeriCorps Week Edition

by Kate Enos

The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.Gov blog. In this series, we showcase news highlights that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Take a look at some of the great stories that had people talking recently.

AmeriCorps Reaches Out, Gives Back
The Zanesville Times Recorder
, March 19, 2012

"It's a great opportunity for recent college graduates or people who have been out of school for a few years," she continued. "If you have a passion for working with students, this (being a College Guide) is a great experience. AmeriCorps is good at professional development that helps you stand out in the work force and hone your skills." Read more >>

Our View: FEMA Corps - A Winning Idea
The Joplin Globe, March 16, 2012

AmeriCorps has done heroic service for Joplin. Tapping deeper into its strengths just makes sense. Read more >>

AmeriCorps: The Next Generation of Volunteers Make a Difference
The Washington Times, March 17, 2012

It seemed like everyone I was introduced to was a socially conscious and active participant in seeking positive change. There was one group that stood out even amongst these: the VISTA volunteers. A dedicated group of young adults who surrendered a year of their young lives to volunteer in helping the forty six million Americans who live in poverty overcome their disadvantages. Read more >>

Gulf War Veteran Serves Again Through AmeriCorps
The White House, March 16, 2012

Serving in AmeriCorps has allowed me to be a valuable asset to my community. I have helped more than 80 veterans in Mansfield and the surrounding areas secure jobs. In 2010, I made my Career Center number one in Ohio, and I was named Coach of the Year. AmeriCorps has helped me transition back to civilian life. I can use my experience and knowledge to solve problems here. That makes it all worthwhile. Read more >>

AmeriCorps: Developing the Next Generation of Public Servants
The Huffington Post, March 15, 2012

The AmeriCorps program offered me hope in a time of economic and personal struggle. It promised to prepare me for leadership through a full-time nonprofit apprenticeship and rigorous leadership training. Read More >>

AmeriCorps Volunteers Share Success Stories at Capitol Rally
Jackson Clarion Ledger, March 13, 2012

"I see AmeriCorps as the door to my life," said Alleysha Tucker, 24, who works in AmeriCorps' Playworks program that has transformed recess time into more play and less competition. Read more >>

AmeriCorps Teams Up with FEMA to Help at Disaster Scenes
CNN, March 13, 2012

The federal government, hoping to harness the power of young volunteers, is creating a new unit within AmeriCorps to help FEMA prepare for and respond to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and other disasters. Read more >>

Commemorating AmeriCorps Week: Expanding Opportunity Through Service
The Huffington Post, March 13, 2012

As we continue the ongoing process of economic recovery and workforce renewal, AmeriCorps can be seen as a critical element of a holistic human capital strategy for the country. It is a means by which we can leverage our latent talent and channel it into something kinetic that realizes public good. Last year, AmeriCorps received a record of more than 580,000 applications for just 80,000 positions. More than half a million people applied to join the program, not for financial gain, but because they were driven to make real community impact. Read more >>

AmeriCorps Alum Focuses on Helping Parents
The White House, March 13, 2012

I began my AmeriCorps journey when I was recruited into the program by the Community Action Agency in Annapolis, MD. My first job was to create a mentoring system for families of Head Start students. The next year, I continued serving in the program by training others in mentoring as a regional coordinator, and I returned for a third year with AmeriCorps to lead the program as a state coordinator with Volunteer Maryland. Read more >>

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