Member Spotlight: Dexter Davidson, AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team Member

Meet Dexter Davidson, currently serving at Georgiana School, in the AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? The kids motivated me to join AmeriCorps. It’s wonderful just to give back some of the knowledge and courage that I have gotten from being in school and give it to them. To see a child smile or make their day uplifts. That is what has motivated me every day since I joined AmeriCorps. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? What I hope to get out of this service opportunity is to make a difference in other's lives while seeing their life end up on the right track. Also, I want to learn more and do different things because e

Member Spotlight: Cordarius Longmire, AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team Member

Meet Cordarius Longmire, currently serving at Greenville High School, in the AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was in search of purpose in my community. I knew that I wanted to teach and be a positive influence on the lives of the youth in my community. With that, AmeriCorps became a very clear option for me. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get teaching experience out of this opportunity. Also, understanding how to effectively manage a class and to help students. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-2020 program year? I will be providing direct support to economically disadvantaged stud

Member Spotlight: Christina Massenburg, AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team Member

Meet Christina Massenburg, serving at Georgiana School, in the AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I wanted to serve the kids and help them get through the educational subjects they are struggling with. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I want to get as much experience as possible for future jobs and educational pursuits. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-2020 program year? I will be providing direct support to economically disadvantaged students in order to improve performance in literacy and/or math as measured by pre- and post-standardized tests to demonstrate improved academic performance. 4. What are

Member Spotlight: Arlyric Posey, AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team Member

Meet Arlyric Posey, currently serving at W.O. Parmer Elementary School, in the AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I joined the AmeriCorps team to make a positive impact on our young generation of kids. I joined to help show the kids a positive way to live rather than a negative way. I also joined AmeriCorps to help fund my schooling. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I’m going to develop skills to get my point across in a way that the kids will understand. I also want to have a huge positive impression on the children at my site. Once you have been around the children and interacted with them, you will develop a bond

Member Spotlight: Abigail Miles, AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team Member

Meet Abigail Miles, currently serving at Greenville Middle School, in the AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I joined AmeriCorps to get involved with my new community while gaining experience with the school system. I want to go back to school to become a teacher. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to gain experience from assisting teachers and becoming knowledgeable of my community through this service opportunity. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-2020 program year? My service focus will be helping students. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? I plan to go back to school and start my j

Member Spotlight: Tucker Watson, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet Tucker Watson, Program Coordinator, 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 join a team of great individuals to intern with while being able to gain career experience in the natural resource conservation field. This is my first year serving and I love being able to communicate with the public and hear people’s experiences with Alabama’s natural beauties. AmeriCorps allows me to learn from the public about local issues and work towards addressing those issues in order to protect and restore Alabama’s natural resources. 2.

Member Spotlight: Ryann Wilcoxon, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet Ryann Wilcoxon, AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement, 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 enjoy helping others in my community and have a passion for protecting our environment. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get to know others in my community better, especially those who are seemingly different from me. Oftentimes, I am pleasantly surprised by how much we all have in common. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service wil

Member Spotlight: Rachel Fillingim, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet Rachel Fillingim, AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement, 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 an opportunity to engage in meaningful work that also allowed me to connect with others in my community. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to further develop my professional communication skills while also gaining a deeper understanding of the work performed by environmental advocacy organizations. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year,

Member Spotlight: Nick Bartkowiak, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet Nick Bartkowiak, SWIM Sampler and Lab Technician, 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 find an internship where I felt like I was making a difference every day I showed up to work. AmeriCorps provided me just that opportunity. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I applied for Mobile Baykeeper specifically because it provided me the opportunity to get both science experience in the field as well as in the lab. As stated before, I also wanted an internship that made me feel like I was making a

Member Spotlight: Kevin Pulliam, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet Kevin Pulliam, AmeriCorps Patrol 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 have been eager for a career change that would allow me to join an organization that shares my passion for protecting our waterways. AmeriCorps has given the opportunity to join Mobile Baykeeper and learn from the best. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? Quite simply, I want to help the environment. I hope to gain hands-on knowledge in the field along with organizational knowledge as I pursue that goal. 3. What will y

Member Spotlight: Kassey Trahanas, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet Kassey Trahanas, SWAMP Educator, 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 enjoy making a positive change in the community and the environment. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like the opportunity to perfect my teaching skills. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? My service will focus on educating students in Mobile and Baldwin counties on water conservation. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? My plans after AmeriCorps are enter a graduate program and possibly join a mi

Member Spotlight: Jamie Ellis, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet Jamie Ellis, AmeriCorps Patrol 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 continue gaining experience in the environmental sciences. After my first AmeriCorps year at Mobile Baykeeper, I wanted to continue the amazing work conducted by the patrol team. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to gain more professional experience and be more involved in the effort to provide educational resources/tools to the local community about the importance of water quality. I would like to also gain mor

Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Simon, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Member

Meet Elizabeth Simon, AmeriCorps Patrol Member, current 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 gain valuable experience in my field before I complete my bachelor’s and move on to graduate school. I also wanted the opportunity to give back to my community and serve my environment. AmeriCorps through Mobile Baykeeper allows me to do just that. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? Through this service opportunity, I wish to gain professional and public speaking experience. I also want the chance to improve the water quali

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