National Service Program Managers Meeting/Training

Today, April 17, 2014 Alabama AmeriCorps State hosted a National Service Program Managers Meeting/Training at YWCA Central Alabama in Birmingham, AL.  The purpose of the meeting/training was to review how Performance Measures should be written and teach program staff how to utilize social media.

Bo Bikes Bama

Governor Robert Bentley joined Director Art Faulkner, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and legendary athlete Bo Jackson to discuss the importance of Bo Bikes Bama in Clanton. The annual charity ride has helped rebuild hundreds of homes and provided community storm shelters throughout the state since the first anniversary of the April 2011 storms.

The community safe room at Higgins Ferry Park in Clanton is one of 64 shelters across the state partially funded by the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund. Three years ago Bo Jackson started Bo Bikes Bama as a way to support the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund. Join the ride starting this year on April 19th in Auburn.!/photo.php?v=755447294489958&set=vb.207101872657839&type=2&theater

AmeriCorps Environmental Stewardship Month

Birmingham READS AmeriCorps joined the Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District for the 2014 Urban Conservation Forestry Fair, which was held at Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham. READS AmeriCorps members were on hand to teach students about conservation and environmental principles in the context of their own urban space, the life cycle of trees, specifically Oak trees and the Food Web. The life cycle of trees, called “Tree cookies” teaches students about determining the age of a fall or living tree by counting the annual rings. Each student received a small hardwood cookie to decorate as a name tag. The students were also given a germinated White Oak seedling collected in October from a local community to be planted in their local communities. In addition, there was discussion about the life cycle of an oak tree. Two hundred and three (203) 4th and 5th grade students were impacted by this great lesson plus their teachers and chaperons. 

Mayors Day of Recognition in Alabama’s Capital City

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange joins Hands On River Region, Montgomery Area Council on Aging, Bridge Builders Alabama, Rebuilding Together Central Alabama, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Serve Alabama to celebrate Mayors Day. 

AIST - AmeriCorps Butler County, Alabama Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Celebrating with Georgiana Mayor Jerome Antone!

AIST - AmeriCorps Butler County, Alabama Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Celebrating with Georgiana Mayor Jerome Antone!

Be Ready Camp Media Release For Event On Friday, March 28, 2014


Alabama Sixth-Graders Participate in Be Ready Camp

HUNSTVILLE – Alabama’s eighth annual Be Ready Camp began Tuesday at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Over ninety sixth-graders across the state are attending a week long camp session this week, March 25-29, 2014.

This one of a kind disaster preparedness camp incorporates a modified CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) curriculum, giving kids an unmatched hands-on preparedness and response experience.  First responders from across the Tennessee Valley, along with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, are joining forces to make this such an important learning opportunity for these students. With students from 22 different Alabama counties, this year’s camp features the most geographically diverse group of young leaders.

During the week, students are completing the modified CERT training and hands on instruction from fire fighters, nurses, and other disaster response personnel.  Students are also learning about logistics, communications, and other crucial aspects of disaster response. Friday night, March 28th, the multi-day training will culminate with a mock-disaster where the students perform victim search and rescue alongside professional responders in a realistic setting. 

Be Ready Camp graduation will be held Saturday, March 29th, for the students, their parents, and friends. During this ceremony, each student will be recognized individually for their efforts and will receive a Certificate of Recognition from Governor Robert Bentley. Upon completing Be Ready Camp, these students will become Youth Preparedness Delegates and are tasked with educating their schools, communities, and families on the importance of preparedness.

Impact Alabama AmeriCorps program is featured in a recent Corporation for National and Community Service Healthy Futures national press release. Impact’s “FocusFirst” program provides a cost-effective direct response to the vision problems of children who live in urban and rural areas. Under the supervision of Impact staff, undergraduate and graduate students ensure that children, ages six months to five years, in Head Starts and lower-income daycares are screened for vision problems, using high-tech photo optic scan cameras, and receive subsidized follow-up care.

Still Serving: A Military Veteran Serving As An AmeriCorps Member

Herbert E. Jackson, Jr.,

YWCA Central Alabama

“Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps Program

AmeriCorps Member 2013-2014

I was on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and had just been assigned to Schriever  Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado when the tragic events of Sept 11th unfolded. Rumor was that President Bush would fly onboard Air Force One to Colorado Springs and command from inside the Cheyenne Mountain Complex.  Although that did not occur, I felt honored to serve America then and continue to be honored to this day. Today, I proudly serve the citizens of Birmingham, Alabama, as a “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps member assigned to a nonprofit called Workshops, Inc.