Site Spotlight: Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging

How many members are serving at this site? "We have five full-time members serving." What is your organization's goal at this site? "The current goal for AmeriCorps is to provide free evidence based exercise to senior in our 5 counties. We are implementing the walk with ease and arthritis foundation exercise courses." What is something exciting that has happened at this site? "M4A AmeriCorps is currently preparing to promote education on scams and frauds in our service area. The classes will talk about how to better protect their selves."

Isabel Hagood -IMPACT Alabama

Why did you join AmeriCorps? "I joined AmeriCorps because I wanted to be a part of a community centered around empowering others and giving back." What is your favorite part of national service? "I love meeting hard-working, inspiring people all over the country!" What is your favorite thing to do when you're not serving? "Probably traveling and exploring!" What is your favorite snack? "Apples and peanut butter." What is your favorite soda? "Is LaCroix a soda? Passionfruit LaCroix all the way." What are your plans after AmeriCorps? "Not sure yet - I would love to work in social services in some shape or form!"

Site Spotlight: SAFE Sylacauga

How many members are serving at this site? "Eleven members are serving at this site." What is your organizations goals at this site? "At this site members work with the Bridges Program which is an afterschool tutoring opportunity for community elementary students. Through Bridges children are picked up from school and brought to the service site. Once there, children are fed an evening meal, are assisted with their homework and tutored as needed. Many of the students would not have this sort of support were it not for the Bridges program and the Bridges program benefits greatly by the service of AmeriCorps members. More than a hundred students are assisted at Bridges each evening. The goa

Sara Fortenberry - YWCA of Central Alabama

Why did you join AmeriCorps? "I wanted to be able to make a difference in my community and learn more about myself in the process." What is your favorite part of national service? "I enjoy being able to learn from the people I am serving and getting to play a part in organizations that are bettering lives and communities." What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not serving? "I love to travel and learn about other cultures." What’s your favorite snack? "Chips and queso." What’s your favorite soda? "Ginger Ale." What are your plans after AmeriCorps? "I hope to have a better idea of my future plans as I learn throughout my year in AmeriCorps, but I think I would like to get my Master's in

Site Spotlight: Bright Beginnings Pre-K

HOW MANY MEMBERS ARE SERVING AT THIS SITE? "Four AIST members are serving 90 rural economically disadvantage children in Greenville’s five Bright Beginnings Pre-K on the Butler County Board of Education Central Office website." WHAT IS THE ORGANIZATIONAL GOAL AT THIS SITE? "To provide instructional assistance in early intervention in which every child is carefully nurtured, monitored, and guided as they grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. The AmeriCorps members assist in strategies in order to develop emergent literacy and math skills, computer awareness, science and technology, physical coordination so each child will be well prepared entering kindergarten

Site Spotlight: Henry J. Oliver Elementary School

Welcome to Henry J. Oliver Elementary School in Birmingham City Schools-Birmingham, Alabama. How many members are serving at this site? We have one member-Samuel Tybout serving at Oliver Elementary. What is your organizations goal at this site? The goal of BETA is to ensure 200 urban students are proficient in mathematical and scientific concepts by year end. What is something exciting that has happened at this site? One teacher wrote, “All students enjoy working with Mr Tybout. He’s positive and create interesting assignments for each student that increases and enhances their learning skills.”

Kara Johnson - Teach for America

Why did you join AmeriCorps? "I joined Teach For America because I have a passion and a vision for change in America, and Teach For America shares a similar passion and vision. I am passionate about systems and how individuals fit into and are impacted by systems." What is your favorite part of national service? "My favorite part of national service is being able to make a difference on an interpersonal level. I love teaching my students and being a part of a greater network for change." What is your favorite thing to do when you are not serving/working? "Reading! And traveling. I also love to make new friends." What is your favorite snack? "Popcorn." What is your favorite soda? "7-Up."

Site Spotlight: SpeakFirst Middle School Debate Team, Hayes K-8 School

How many members are serving at this site? Two AmeriCorps Members, Caron Byrd and Deanna Creps, serve as Debate Coaches for the Hayes Team What is your organizations goal at this site? SpeakFirst, an Alabama Student Debate Initiative is a nationally unique program aimed at enriching the academic experience of Birmingham’s talented and motivated middle school and high school students. SpeakFirst is a collaboration between Impact Alabama and the Birmingham City School District. The aim of the SpeakFirst Middle School Debate program is to cultivate skills that are necessary for success in high school, and, ultimately, college. What is something exciting that has happened at this site? Through h

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