Member Spotlight: Dajour Lewis, Instructional Assistant

Meet Dajour Lewis, serving with the AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team with the Bright Beginnings Pre-K program. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I knew I wanted to gain more experience with children. Little did I know, I was also about to learn exactly how much patience I had. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? This year I would like to have an even bigger positive impact on the kids’ lives. Last year I was more focused on following protocols, but now that I am familiar with the rules, I can enjoy serving the community even more. What will your service focus on for the 2017-18 program year? We will focus on providing support to our economically disadvantage

Member Spotlight: Shannon Powell, Instructional Aide

Meet Shannon Powell, she serves with the AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team with the Bright Beginnings Pre-K program. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I wanted to be more involved in the community and help children having a challenging time in different subject areas. I also wanted to go into Early Child development. Working with children in AmeriCorps will give me all the experience I need. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to help kids that are having academic trouble in school and help those children that are very shy. What will your service focus on for the 2017-18 program year? I will serve in the Bright Beginnings Pre-K program to provide

Member Spotlight: After School Enrichment Program Specialist

Meet Skye Blackmon. Skye serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program in the After School Enrichment program at the YWCA. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I have always wanted to help make a difference and I wasn’t able to do that with my previous employment. I also want to be a teacher and this seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to get some experience with that. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I want to have developed good teaching skills, more confidence in future employment opportunities, and gain skills to assist with non profits. I also would like to make a difference in as many lives as possible. What will your servi

Member Spotlight: Jessica Chang, Client and Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Jessica Chang. Jessica serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program with the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I had been volunteering with a non-profit organization prior to joining AmeriCorps. I wanted to continue my commitment to public service and serving those in need. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I hope to further my professional and social skills to help transition into the next chapter of m y life as well as grow as an individual through this service opportunity. What will your service focus on for the 2017-18 program year? My service will focus on assisting volunteer attorn

Member Spotlight: Andrea Miller, Program Specialist

Meet Andrea Miller. Andrea serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program with Alaquest Collaborative for Education. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I volunteered with Alaquest the previous 2 years. The opportunity to serve with AmeriCorps arose and I was immediately motivated to serve for an organization that I believed in and knew I could help succeed. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? Going into this service year, I expected to gain the knowledge and skills to better myself and my future. Now I am expecting to gain the life experience that comes with serving with a non-profit, specifically the emotional and educational experience

Member Spotlight: Jade Lee, Program Specialist

Meet Jade Lee. Jade serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program with the Collaborative for Education. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was an AmeriCorps Vista last year and the experience and knowledge I gained from servicing really gave me the desire to serve as an AmeriCorps member. Also, the service site I am at this year is in line with the career field I am going into. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like more experience in the school setting to hone the talents and skills I have already acquired and to learn more skills. Also, I want to learn under people who are in the positions I will one day be in, and simply b

Member Spotlight: Autumn Estridge, Outreach Coordinator

Meet Autumn Estridge. Autumn serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives at the YWCA in the Social Justice Department. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I had met a few AmeriCorps members, specifically ones from the Building Communities, Bettering Lives program and they all had such good things to say about AmeriCorps. I’ve also always known that I wanted to work with youth but I wasn’t sure what area I wanted to go into so I figured that AmeriCorps would be a good opportunity for me to test the waters while benefiting a community that I love at the same time. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I am hoping to leave AmeriCorps with a better idea of what

Member Spotlight: Teryy McKinney, Client Care Assistant

Meet Teryy McKinney. Teryy serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program at One Roof. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I joined AmeriCorps to make a difference in Birmingham and slowly but surely spreading outside of the Birmingham area. I want to make an impact on the youth in the homeless community and show not only Birmingham but the world that our youth deserve a chance to stand strong and be great. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get a sense of pride from this experience, a sense of knowing that I am making a difference and making a change in the homeless community. a sense of awareness for myself and the chang

Member Spotlight: Margaret Cartner, Program Coordinator

Meet Margaret Cartner, she serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program at Junior Achievement. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I wanted to learn about the non-profit sector and benefit my community. I am from Birmingham, so the choice to serve here was an easy one. I knew that I would learn a ton and gain valuable experience. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to learn how to work efficiently in an office setting, make personal connections with those with whom I am work and feel as if my community is better because of my contribution. Furthermore, I would like to know what it feels like to have dedicated a significant p

Member Spotlight: Brandy McKinney, STEM Program Assistant

Meet Brandy McKinney, she serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program with partnering agency Girls Inc. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was looking for a way to change the direction of my career and help myself become a better person in the process. I’ve always been a steward in my community but AmeriCorps helped me see what other opportunities are available in non-profit. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to make connections with people who are like minded in community service. What will your service focus on for the 2017-18 program year? Encouraging middle and high school aged girls to partake in STEM education o

Member Spotlights: Jessica Andrews, Outreach Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Jessica Andrews, she serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program with partnering agency, Girls Inc. Of Central Alabama What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? Growing up, my father was in the U.S. Army and my mother was a constant volunteer; they are my heroes and role models. Joining AmeriCorps and serving for a year felt like the right way to give back to this country that has given me so much. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to come out of my AmeriCorps service year with a renewed sense of my purpose in the world, a wider skill set, and more bravery than when I started. The combination of hands-on service plus car

Member Spotlight: Victoria McLean, Domestic Violence Victim Liaison Specialist

Meet Victoria McLean with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program with the YWCA Domestic Violence Services. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I wanted to have a productive Gap year before applying to law school. I also wanted to do something meaningful and give back to the community of Birmingham. Birmingham is such a beautiful city, with such beautiful people and I truly am lucky to be here. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to grow more professionally and get more experience in the legal field. I would also like to have fun and truly enjoy this year. I love the joy that I feel, when I see the strength in these women when t

Member Spotlight: Alicia Calloway, Support Services Associate

Meet Alicia Calloway, she serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program with the Collaborative Solutions/Low Income Housing Coalition of Alabama/Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I decided to serve a second year with AmeriCorps because I wanted to continue contributing to building up my community. I have a heart for service, and I want to gain more experience to help me determine which career path aligns with my goals. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I aim to be more involved in the effort to provide affordable housing to low income communities and those experiencing homelessnes

Member Spotlight: Caleb LaRue, Red Rock Trail Assistant

Meet Caleb LaRue, he serves with the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program at the Freshwater Land Trust. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? Service is important to me, and AmeriCorps offers an opportunity to gain professional experience while continuing a tradition of service. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I was able to help people in another country. Now as an AmeriCorps member I am able to help a nonprofit in a city that I consider to be home. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I am optimistic that this is a service position in which I can gain experience about environmental stewardship that may be beneficial to future employment opportunities

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