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, I want to be in connection with one that fights alongside the average person to ensure they are granted the rights and tools needed to live a happy successful life.
3. What will your service focus on for the 2019-20 program year? During this program year, my service will focus on water quality monitoring, dealing with both ambient water testing as well as construction storm water. I plan to work to hold corporations and businesses accountable for any negligible or unforeseen impacts to the aquatic environment and public health.
4. What are your plans after AmeriCorps? I am graduating this year with my Bachelor’s in Biology. I plan to take the knowledge and experience gained at Mobile Baykeeper and ADEM to find a position I deem appropriate. My life plan is to help further my goal of solving a series of systematic issues that plague our communities.
Thank you for your service, DeMonzo!