Member Spotlight: Kwan McConico, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Kwan McConico, currently serving as Outreach Coordinator with the YWCA Social Justice Department, a service site of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I am giving the opportunity to help those who are under-resourced. I am also able to help people from the same areas where I grew up. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to obtain the feeling of changing someone’s life for the better. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on helping kids become more aware of the issues within society and creat

Member Spotlight: McKenna Killets, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet McKenna Killets, currently serving as Program Coordinator with the College Admissions Made Possible, a partnering agency of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was motivated to join AmeriCorps because I wanted to be a part of making the community in Birmingham and Alabama stronger. I also want to give back to the Birmingham that I have grown to love since moving here for college a few years ago. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would love to be able to gain experience in a variety of service fields, which is a unique and special characteristic of Birmingham’s YWCA AmeriCorps P

Member Spotlight: McKenna Killets, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet McKenna Killets, currently serving as Program Coordinator with the College Admissions Made Possible, a partnering agency of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I was motivated to join AmeriCorps because I wanted to be a part of making the community in Birmingham and Alabama stronger. I also want to give back to the Birmingham that I have grown to love since moving here for college a few years ago. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would love to be able to gain experience in a variety of service fields, which is a unique and special characteristic of Birmingham’s YWCA AmeriCorps P

Member Spotlight: Marvetta Bell, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Marvetta Bell, currently serving as Client Care Assistant with One Roof, a partnering agency of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I enjoy helping people. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I want to raise my community awareness on different issues within our community. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on homelessness. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? I would like to go back to college to study Human Services. Thank you for your service, Marvetta!

Member Spotlight: Jasmine Cobb, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Jasmine Cobb, currently serving as Academic Coordinator with Build UP, a partnering agency of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? It was a service program geared towards helping the community and not corporate-oriented dealing with politics. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get a better understanding of how kids feel about the opportunities presented while being able to better communicate with students and parents. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on assisting low income children i

Member Spotlight: Kwan McConico, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Kwan McConico, currently serving as Outreach Coordinator with the YWCA Social Justice Department, a service site of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I am giving the opportunity to help those who are under-resourced. I am also able to help people from the same areas where I grew up. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to obtain the feeling of changing someone’s life for the better. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on helping kids become more aware of the issues within society and creat

Member Spotlight: Jonathan Ruiz, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Jonathan Ruiz, currently serving as Education Specialist with the YWCA Family Resource Center, a service site of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I want to continue growing and aiding the Woodlawn community. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to continue building relationships in this community. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on adult and children education programs. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? I want to continue furthering my education; either leaving Alabama or

Member Spotlight: Jonathan Ruiz, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Jonathan Ruiz, currently serving as Education Specialist with the YWCA Family Resource Center, a service site of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I want to continue growing and aiding the Woodlawn community. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to continue building relationships in this community. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on adult and children education programs. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? I want to continue furthering my education; either leaving Alabama or

Member Spotlight: Jamila Gray, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Jamila Gray, currently serving as After School Enrichment Program Specialist with the YWCA After School Enrichment Program (ASEP), a service site of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? The impact AmeriCorps has on positivity towards homelessness, helping to rebuild communities after a disaster, also to learn how to tackle different problems in an impactful way. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get an opportunity to become more confident in ways to approach a problem that may have seemed to not be as approachable before. 3. What will your service focus on for t

Member Spotlight: Jamila Gray, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Jamila Gray, currently serving as After School Enrichment Program Specialist with the YWCA After School Enrichment Program (ASEP), a service site of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? The impact AmeriCorps has on positivity towards homelessness, helping to rebuild communities after a disaster, also to learn how to tackle different problems in an impactful way. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get an opportunity to become more confident in ways to approach a problem that may have seemed to not be as approachable before. 3. What will your service focus on for t

Member Spotlight: Destiny McCarter, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Destiny McCarter, currently serving as After School Enrichment Program Specialist with the YWCA After School Enrichment Program (ASEP), a service site of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I want to make the most of my time while trying to figure out my next major move. I think serving others is a great way to do that. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get life skills and experiences that will stick with me in my future career. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on providing low-inco

Member Spotlight: Jasmine Cobb, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Jasmine Cobb, currently serving as Academic Coordinator with Build UP, a partnering agency of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? It was a service program geared towards helping the community and not corporate-oriented dealing with politics. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get a better understanding of how kids feel about the opportunities presented while being able to better communicate with students and parents. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on assisting low income children i

Member Spotlight: Destiny Askew, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Destiny Askew, currently serving as Outreach Volunteer Coordinator with Girls Inc, a partnering agency of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I grew up serving in the Birmingham community. I wanted to continue service while using this time to gain a better understanding of what I want to do in the future. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? Helping Birmingham be everything I know it can be along with gaining useful skills. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on my future and where I see myself going. 4.

Member Spotlight: Destiny McCarter, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Destiny McCarter, currently serving as After School Enrichment Program Specialist with the YWCA After School Enrichment Program (ASEP), a service site of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I want to make the most of my time while trying to figure out my next major move. I think serving others is a great way to do that. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to get life skills and experiences that will stick with me in my future career. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on providing low-inco

Member Spotlight: Chundra Finn, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Chundra Finn, currently serving as Project Manager with Legal Services of Alabama, a partnering agency of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? It was offered to me. I had the chance learn more about it and I liked it. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to meet more people. And, to help as many people as I can. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on bettering myself and helping others. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? My plan is to have a full-time job and continuing to help peo

Member Spotlight: Destiny Askew, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Destiny Askew, currently serving as Outreach Volunteer Coordinator with Girls Inc, a partnering agency of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I grew up serving in the Birmingham community. I wanted to continue service while using this time to gain a better understanding of what I want to do in the future. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? Helping Birmingham be everything I know it can be along with gaining useful skills. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on my future and where I see myself going. 4.

FEMA Seeking Young Leaders for Youth Preparedness Council

Do you know a young leader with a passion for disaster preparedness and community service? FEMA is accepting applications from students in grades 8-11 through March 8 for its 2020 national Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). The YPC gives youth the chance to meet peers from across the county to work together on exciting projects. Members will also travel to Washington, D.C., for the annual YPC Summit. YPC members are selected based on their involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership experience, and any experience related to preparedness and emergency management. As part of the YPC, members can build leadership skills, represent their schools and communities, and share perspectives,

Member Spotlight: Nissa Muhammad, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Nisaa Muhammad, currently serving as Health Relationships AmeriCorps Member with the YWCA Healthy Relationships Program, a service site of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I have a passion for young people. I like to see them making good/healthy choices that enable them to live full, happy lives. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I am hoping to build on my passion and love of serving young people. I’m hoping to inspire and motivate the next generation so they may always know their worth and hoping they’ll never settle. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 prog

Member Spotlight: Chundra Finn, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Chundra Finn, currently serving as Project Manager with Legal Services of Alabama, a partnering agency of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? It was offered to me. I had the chance learn more about it and I liked it. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to meet more people. And, to help as many people as I can. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on bettering myself and helping others. 4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? My plan is to have a full-time job and continuing to help peo

Member Spotlight: Chancellor Crawford, Building Communities, Bettering Lives Member

Meet Chancellor Crawford, currently serving as Client Care Assistant with One Roof, a partnering agency of the Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program. 1. What motivated you to join AmeriCorps? I joined AmeriCorps to make a difference. Also, to gain skills and more knowledge to help me one day start my own non-profit or help figure out ways to serve communities. 2. What would you like to get out of this service opportunity? I would like to gain more knowledge and understanding of an individual’s problems to better help. 3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on homelessness prevention. 4

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