Site Spotlight: SpeakFirst High School Debate Team

How many members are serving at this site? Four members are the main coaches for the team, while many other members assist with tutoring students, guest judging for tournaments, and providing college application and ACT prep assistance. What is your organizations goal at this site? SpeakFirst is a competitive debate team comprised of driven and academically motivated high school students from Birmingham-area schools, providing them with rigorous extracurricular academic opportunities. SpeakFirst uses academic debate as coached and facilitated by AmeriCorps members as a platform to support these students and guide them on a path toward excellence in college and beyond. What is something

Site Spotlight: YWCA Central Alabama Social Justice Department

How many members serve at your site? There are a total of three members who serve with the YWCA’s Social Justice Department—Breonna Scott, Elliot Spillers, and Walter Nolen-Schmidt. What is your organizations goal at this site? The goal of the site is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace and justice for all. What is something exciting that has happened at this site? Site Supervisor, Rebecca Harkless, was awarded the Humble Hero Award by the Birmingham Mayor’s Division of Youth Services! Also, recruitment for the Anytown Alabama Teen Leadership Summit has begun! Anytown is our summer residential institute where high school students develop leadership skills that they take bac

Desiree' Foy - Alabama Network of Family Resources

Why did you join AmeriCorps? "I joined Americorps to serve my community in the area of education." What is your favorite part of national service? "My favorite part of national service is being a part of a social service organization designed to improve the quality of life for members of the community while being supported as a student through scholarship and training." What is your favorite thing to do when you are not serving? "My favorite thing to do is DIY projects." What is your favorite snack? "My favorite snack is popcorn." What is your favorite soda? "I don't drink soda." What are your plans after AmeriCorps? "I plan to continue studying for my graduate degree in Social Work and advo

Patrice Parmer - AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team

Why did you join AmeriCorps ? "I joined AmeriCorps for the love of volunteering and I was also seeking an opportunity to fulfill a dream of mine becoming a teacher and working with children." What is your favorite part of national service? "I love helping student who may be struggling and I’m able to help them understand the concept." What is your favorite thing to do when you are not serving? "When I’m not serving I like to play with my 2 year old daughter, read books and listen to music of all kinds. I enjoy volunteering in the community. I help the “Annual Feeding On the Hill”, Community Clean-up projects, and the Community Food Bank plus tutor children at my church." Favorite soda? "Oran

Site Spotlight: R.B. Hudson Middle School

How many members are serving at this site? This year we have three Teach For America AmeriCorps members working at R.B. Hudson Middle School. Carol Vance is in her second year teaching, and Janeise Leonard and Sandra Wakeley are in their first year teaching. What is your organizations goal at this site? Our goal is continue to partner with R.B. Hudson Middle School and Selma City Schools to provide excellent teachers where they are needed, and create a pipeline of teacher-leaders throughout the school and the district and within the feeder pattern. We are happy that we now have one first-year Teach For America-Alabama member, Courtney Gilmore, working at Selma High School, which students a

Melissa Mubarak - Birmingham Engaging In STE

Why did you join AmeriCorps? "I joined AmeriCorps because it’s an excellent opportunity to give back to the community and help students to build their math skills." What is your favorite part of national service? "My favorite part of national service is tutoring students." What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not serving? "When I am not serving, I like to travel, watch foreign TV shows, walk, and read." What is your favorite snack? "My favorite snake is chocolate dipped macaroon." What is your favorite soda? "My favorite soda is Clear American." What are your plans after AmeriCorps? "After AmeriCorps, I plan to continue working in the public sector in the human resources field."

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