Sherry Smith- Middle Alabama Area on Aging

What is your favorite thing about national service? "I have already served a year with AmeriCorps M4A and loved it so much that I volunteered to do another year. I love being a part of the community and helping the elderly. It’s very rewarding and I will always try to find a way to volunteer in the future." What is your favorite thing to do when you aren't serving? "My favorite things to do when I’m not serving are line dancing and performing with a dance group at functions. My husband and I are also members of the Christian Motorcycle Association and help raise funds for different needs." What is your favorite snack? "My favorite snack is Doritos Chips and salsa, ice cream I like later in t

Site Spotlight: One Roof

How many members are serving at this site? Three members serve at One Roof, fabulous Sterling Campbell, the enigmatic Che Hatter and the astonishing Majadi Baruti. What is your organizations goal at this site? The mission of this service site is, to equip and empower our community to prevent and end homelessness through advocacy, education and coordination of services. What is something exciting that has happened at this site? One of the incredible moments here at One Roof is the beginning of the establishment of a Youth Advisory Board to deal specifically with Youth Homelessness. this board is being established by youth with the assistance of One Roof's Community Outreach Coordinator, Cour

Teddy Tyler - Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers

Why did you join AmeriCorps? “I wanted to help with the local after school Bridges program and knew that the AmeriCorps members were greatly used in the program.” What is your favorite part of national service? “Helping kids.” What is your favorite thing to do when you are not serving? “Helping people outside of AmeriCorps through other programs that I am a part of.” What is your favorite snack? “Cookies.” What is your favorite soda? “Root Beer.” What are your plans after AmeriCorps? “I want to get into Aerospace Engineering and Politics.”

Dajour Lewis - AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team

Why did you join AmeriCorps ? "I joined AmeriCorps in order to make a difference. I believe everyone has a specific role to play at a specific time. I wanted to be a part of the “glue” that holds our future together. Small things make a big differences and I felt the need to make that difference, and make it count." What is your favorite part of national service? "My favorite part of National Service is serving at my site with 18 pre-k children in the Bright Beginnings Pre-K Program. Serving here is the results of teamwork. We have been achieving goals and getting things done by working together and keeping the focus on the “big picture." What is your favorite thing to do when you are no

Site Spotlight: Bertram A. Hudson K-8 School

How many members are serving at this site? "This year we have 7 Teach For America teachers and AmeriCorps members working at Hudson K-8, including 3 in their first year teaching, and 4 in their second year teaching. In addition, we have one Teach For America and AmeriCorps alumna member who is in her fourth year teaching at Hudson K-8." What is your organizations goal at this site? "Our goal is to continue to partner with Hudson K-8 and Birmingham City Schools to provide excellent teachers where they are needed and to create a pipeline of teacher-leaders throughout the school and district. Since we began placing teachers at Hudson K-8, we have seen them take on a variety of leadership role

Kayla Jackson -Birmingham Engaging in STEM

Why did you join AmeriCorps? "I always wanted to be a teacher, and I plan to teach chemistry. I saw this as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students who need help with math and science as well as to test the waters of the career choice I want." What is your favorite part of national service? "My favorite part of national service is the "Aha moments" the kids I tutor have. The methods their teacher might be using to teach them specific lessons aren't really connecting, and a new method I use to help them understand the concept finally makes the lesson click in their mind. I love seeing their faces light up as the frustration of not understanding fades away." What is your f

Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging

How many members are serving at this site "Five full-time members serve at this site." What is your organization's goal at this site? "The current goal for AmeriCorps at this site is to bring awareness to the families/individuals in our service area that are unable to have holidays meals due to financial hardship or disasters." What is something exciting that has happened at this site? "We are bringing awareness to the issue by having AmeriCorps members collecting donations at businesses in our service area and talking with individuals about the issue. The food collected from this drive will benefit Red Cross in Blount County. The donations will assist families that have recently suffered fo

Caleb Hilyer - IMPACT Alabama

Why did you join AmeriCorps? "I wanted a gap year program that focused on service with some public health aspect and Impact fit that requirement." What is your favorite part of national service? "Impacting my own community while being a part of an organization/group that is impacting the nation as a whole." What is your favorite thing to do when you're not serving? "Reading and video games (both of which are also great stress relievers)." What is your favorite snack? "A piece of fruit with peanut butter." What is your favorite soda? "Grapico grape soda." What are your plans after AmeriCorps? "Hopefully medical school, as I am currently in the process of applying."

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