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AmeriCorps Week

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Do your students know about AmeriCorps? Each year, the AmeriCorps program engages 250,000 young Americans in meaningful, long-term service projects to make a positive impact in communities across our nation. March 13-19 is AmeriCorps Week, during which we celebrate the dedicated work that AmeriCorps members and their host organizations do. In honor of this week, we hope to highlight how the AmeriCorps program benefits both young people entering the workforce and the communities they serve.

AmeriCorps members typically serve at either non-profit organizations or governmental agencies and work in a variety of fields such as disaster relief, environmental stewardship, education, community health, veterans' services, and more. While serving, members earn a living stipend and gain access to training and professional development opportunities. Upon successful completion of their term, members also receive an education award, which they can put towards future school or use to pay off existing student loans.

Serving as an AmeriCorps member with Clark County Green Schools has been an extremely rewarding experience. Every day, I get to help schools with their waste reduction efforts by providing recycling and composting materials and educational resources. Not only is it personally fulfilling to support environmental stewardship in Clark County schools, but I am also developing a valuable professional skillset. This experience has helped me find direction after graduating college while giving me the tools to succeed.

An AmeriCorps service term can be a great way for recent high school or college graduates to gain experience in a specific field while giving back to their community. Do you have a class, Green Team, or other group of students who would be interested in learning more about the program? Contact Trudi at trudi.timperman@clark.wa.gov if you would like to arrange a brief presentation for your students. Presentations will be remote through March, with in-person presentations tentatively starting in April.

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