Member Spotlight: DeMonzo McGinnis, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet DeMonzo McGinnis, AmeriCorps Patrol Member, currently serving with the Mobile Baykeeper organization, in the Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? Wanting to make a vital improvement to the environment is what motivated me to join AmeriCorps. I previously obtained an internship with ADEM, Alabama Department of Environmental Management; it really ignited a spark for protecting the environment while making sure that the creeks and rivers I grew up fishing and playing in are protected. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I want to learn all the nuances of running a successful non-profit organization. In addition

Member Spotlight: Amanda Price, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet Amanda Price, SWAMP Team Member, currently serving with the Mobile Baykeeper organization, in the Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was motivated to join AmeriCorps because I wanted to be part of a team that is working toward preserving the environment for future generations of people and wildlife. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to gain hands-on experience in water quality testing and education in order to build upon the knowledge I obtained in college. I would also like to make a difference by educating people about the environment. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-

Member Spotlight: Victor Ash, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet Victor Ash, SWAMP Team Member, currently serving with the Mobile Baykeeper organization, in the Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was motivated to join AmeriCorps because I felt that this experience, of serving my community, would be beneficial to my growth and for my future career as an educator. As I’ve traveled to different areas, I've recognized the need for increased environmental awareness in my hometown. So sharing useful information about the environment with young people in this region brings these two things together. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get first-hand experience

Program Spotlight: Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Team

Host Organization: Mobile Baykeeper MBK AmeriCorps Program Staff: Casi (kc) Callaway, Mobile Baykeeper Executive Director and Program Director; Cade Kistler, Baykeeper Patrol Site Supervisor; JJ Moody, Development Director and Volunteer Engagement Site Supervisor; Ilka Porter, SWAMP Site Supervisor; Emilee Foster, Mobile Baykeeper Administrator; Astoria Jellett, Communications Coordinator; Meredith Diskin, Program Coordinator; Elsa McVea, Membership and Events Manager Counties Served: Mobile, Baldwin, Jefferson, Shelby, Calhoun, Etowah, DeKalb, Coosa, St. Clair, Clay, Chilton, Talladega, Cleburne, Elmore, Autauga MBK AmeriCorps Description: The Baykeeper Patrol Program (including Coosa) re

Program Spotlight: Selma AmeriCorps Program

Host Organization: City of Selma SAP AmeriCorps Program Staff: Teresa Carter, Program Director; Elizabeth Young, Office Coordinator; Jacqueline Smiley, Field Coordinator; Tammy White, Training Coordinator County Served: Dallas SAP AmeriCorps Description: Selma AmeriCorps Program, formerly known as Selma Digital Opportunity, was established in 2000 and served Selma, Alabama. Originally, the primary focus was narrowing the digital divide between the have and the have nots. Currently, the primary focus is education with special interest in K-12 success targeting the subjects of Reading and Math in particular. Number of Members Serving: 48 Member Responsibilities: Members will primarily provid

Program Spotlight: Building Communities, Bettering Lives

Host Organization: YWCA Central Alabama BCBL AmeriCorps Program Staff: Joan Witherspoon-Norris- Senior Director of Social Justice, Angela Abdur-Rasheed- Director of AmeriCorps Program, Meghan Stull- Coordinator of AmeriCorps Program, and Kenyata Tate- AmeriCorps Administrator Counties served: Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Blount BCBL AmeriCorps Description: The YWCA’s Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program began in 2009 and is a nationally honored, award-winning program designed to harness the interests and talents of Americans with a passion for full-time national service in the local metro-Birmingham community. Those dedicated national service members help improve the

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