Thursday, October 25, 2012

AmeriCorps Alums Newsletter - October 2012

October 2012 Issue 
AmeriCorps was among the most important things I have ever done in my life. I helped finish a house for a York, P.A. family so that they could move-in before Christmas. I served past sunset for two years with Boston middle schoolers in an after-school program, and stayed up later checking-in with their parents by phone and prepping for the next day's class. Now, as the Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums I also have the honor of leading the only national nonprofit network for alumni of all AmeriCorps programs.
AmeriCorps matters to each of us. I'm writing to ask you to support AmeriCorps Alums.
I believe AmeriCorps Alums are THE pipeline for 21st century leaders, living out a commitment to a lifetime of service. In 2012, AmeriCorps Alums has:

  • Grown chapters 200%, from 20 to 60, and completed our first ever chapter impact survey
  • Launched a FREE career development program with online trainings that engaged over 1000 alumni live
  • Convened over 200 alumni and honored 12 Champions for Change at the AmeriCorps Alums Day at the White House
So our "One Thing” this month is GIVE. Our goal is to get 1000 new alumni donations during our Fall campaign from October 23 – November 16. Please join us by donating today and thank you for your time and service.
In Service,

Ben Duda
Executive Director and an AmeriCorps Alum

 Donate to Alums
Remember your best day in AmeriCorps? You made a difference in someone's life; you left a neighborhood better than you found it. You've carried that moment forward with you as an AmeriCorps Alum – influencing how you've lived your life and how you see the world.
Now it's time to pay-it-forward and support AmeriCorps Alums, giving back in the spirit of the program that helped shape who you are today. Your contribution will: help us develop more webinars, organize more chapters, advocate for national service, and sustain the spirit of AmeriCorps beyond our own experiences and for the next generation.
Please consider donating to AmeriCorps Alums today. You can make a big difference!

Serve for Halloween
Serving after AmeriCorps doesn't have to be scary. ‘Tis the season of giving, so why not start with by giving back this Halloween. Alums from across the country have found timely ways to serve through the planning of timely events that are both fun and spooky. What are some of the ways you can serve during All Hallow's Eve?

Alums in the News
AmeriCorps Alums continue to be leaders in their years after service and it's always great to see our stories be lifted and shared through the media streams, especially if it's told in gifs. We continue to see Alums' in the news and we'd like to share our favorite Alums headlines from the past month:


Thursday, April 26, 2012

AmeriCorps Alums Newsletter - April 2012

April 2012 Issue 

There are over 775,000 alumni of AmeriCorps, and AmeriCorps Alums provides a strong network for individuals to continue serving in their Life After AmeriCorps. National Volunteer Week was a time for us to recognize our chapters, chapter leaders, and Alumni members, like you, for dedicating time and energy to advancing service and leadership in this country.
Whether as social entrepreneurs or serving as one of our local chapter leaders, we are grateful for the work of Alumni who are models for keeping service an integral part of their lives. Thanks for YOUR commitment to service as it keeps our team doing what we do!
National Volunteer Week may have ended, but Alums across the country can continue sharing their service story. Tell a friend or family member why you served. Read more below on how you can tell your story through Writing a Letter to the Editor. Let the public know that your AmeriCorps story is part of America’s story!
In Service,
Ben Duda

AmeriCorps Alums and GEICO are working together to bring exclusive savings to registered AmeriCorps Alums members. We are proud to announce GEICO as our exclusive insurance provider to cover you when you need it most, allowing you to continue to get things done.
You have to mention your Alums membership when you contact GEICO to receive your membership discount on a free quote for auto insurance.  Each quote will directly benefit AmeriCorps Alums’ programs and events.
Visit GEICO or call 1-800-368-2734 to see how much you could be saving.  Current and prospective GEICO policy holders can also find great rates on homeowners, renters, motorcycle insurance, and more!

On April 21 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, authorizing for the expansion of the Corporation for National and Community Service offerings of AmeriCorps positions.
Three years later, with the demand to serve at an all-time high, we saw 582,000 applications for 82,000 AmeriCorps slots, up from 526,000 applicants the year prior meaning over one million applications were rejected in the last two years.
What can we do? The bi-partisan leadership that led to the signing of the Serve America Act is still needed, to support funding and opportunities for a generation that wants to serve.
Take a moment to tell your story by Writing a Letter to the Editor – and build awareness in your local community to the benefits of national service and how your AmeriCorps service connects to your lifetime commitment to service and making your community stronger.

Chapters Keep Their Momentum Going
In April, AmeriCorps Alums chapters kept their momentum rolling across the country.
  • Miami Chapter: The first annual Philanthrofest, gathering Miami's nonprofits to connect community members to volunteer opportunities, featured the Miami Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums.
  • Boston Chapter: During its monthly chapter meeting, the Boston Chapter continued to be digitally innovative by Skyping in our Executive Director, Ben Duda. This was a first for any chapter!
  • St. Louis Chapter: This year, the St. Louis Chapter pulled alumni together to participate in the annual St. Louis Serves Day, answering the community's needs with a range of one day projects.
  • Newest Chapters: Welcome to our network - Baltimore, Knoxville, Midcoast Maine, Portsmouth (NH), and Sacramento.
If you are interested in starting a chapter, please complete a chapter leader application and return to Greg Heinrich.

Announcements & Links
  • Thank you Alums for filing your 2011 taxes for free with! You helped us reach one of the highest numbers out of their partnerships. Hope you all got a great return!
  • With that tax return, be sure to pick up some new Alums gear!
  • Last chance to register for early bird registration for NCVS at a discounted Alums rate!
  • Listen to our April Career Development webinar on resume building.

Stay Connected with AmeriCorps Alums
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Message to All AmeriCorps Alumni

Dear AmeriCorps Alumni:

Each year more than 80,000 Americans, just like you, serve their community and their
country throughAmeriCorps.  Since the program launched in 1994, more than 775,000
Americans have
served as AmeriCorps members. 

Your example of service and leadership is an important catalyst for others to serve and a 
resource for those currently serving in AmeriCorps.  You are a remarkable community of
leaders and we want to help you connect with each other and share your current leadership

Your experience as an AmeriCorps member helping communities tackle some of the toughest 
and most crucial challenges of our time has given you invaluable life and work skills and an understanding that one person can make a difference.  

As an alumni, AmeriCorps can continue to work for you too. We’d like to help you stay 
connected to other individuals who share a common service experience and continue to
your leadership.  
Please take a moment to:
Thank you for your service – you exemplify what is best about America.  We look forward to connecting you with current members and alumni.


Rosa Moreno-Mahoney
Acting Director, AmeriCorps

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Support AmeriCorps!

As you may have heard by now, The President released his budget last week for fiscal year 2013. It includes a 1% increase for the Corporation for National and Community Service to $1.1 billion and maintains member levels for AmeriCorps at around 82,500.
This is not the growth in AmeriCorps numbers we had hoped for emerging from the Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009 but, given how tight the overall federal budget is, it gives us a strong stake in the ground on which to build.
We anticipate politics will continue to get in the way of ‘getting things done’ for our country this year, and expect to have to remind Congress again that those of us who had the chance to serve our country are willing to fight for AmeriCorps’ future and the generation coming after us. Young Americans – over 1.1 million – are applying for limited AmeriCorps slots at unprecedented rates and the best thing the country can do is say "yes, we need you on the frontlines to address the needs of communities, close the achievement gap, protect our lands and waterways and assist victims of disaster.” That’s why AmeriCorps Alums is committed to fighting for the future of AmeriCorps.
So get ready – in 2012 your voice will be needed to remind Congress that Americans want AmeriCorps.
This is a great time to update your profile and include your current zip code. Sharing your zip code will help us immeasurably as we increase our advocacy and outreach efforts supporting the continuation and expansion of AmeriCorps. Click here to update your profile today---  ---
In Service,
Ben Duda
Executive Director
AmeriCorps Alums

Friday, February 17, 2012

AmeriCorps Alumni Career Newsletter

February 2012: Issue No. 3
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Study Abroad
Alumni can use their Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to participate in "study abroad" programs offerred through their current U.S. university (as long the institution you are currently attending is a Title IV school).  To determine if your school is a Title IV school, conduct a quick search by clicking here.  Many alumni are not aware of the study abroad possibility, but this is a great way to become immersed in another culture, travel to another country, or become fluent in another language, while financing the experience through your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.
If your institution does not offer a study abroad/exchange program, there is also a current list of 453 foreign institutions where the use of your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is allowed.  A list of currently participating schools can be accessed by clicking here and choosing "foreign country” in thestate field.  For a list of Foreign School FAQ's, please click here.
For more information about overseas options, please view here.

Think Strategically: Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) ProgramInstead of using your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to take a bite out of your student loan debt, consider the PSLF Program, in which the federal government forgives the balance of your student loans if 1) you have worked full-time for a qualified non-profit for 120 months and 2) have made consistent payments toward your student loan debt.
If you are on an income-based repayment plan, you could potentially save tens of thousands of dollars.  Calculate the amount you would be expected to save through the PSLF program and income-based repayment by using the income-based repayment calculator.

Northeastern University's School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs is offering up to five scholarships for AmeriCorps alumni who enroll full-time in our Master of Urban and Regional Policy program.  The program is ideally-suited for those who would like to integrate their direct service experience with training in how to integrate their change efforts with policy.  Northeastern University's signature distinction is its commitment to urban engagement and experiential education. At the undergraduate level 98% of our students complete three full-time, six month co-ops with businesses, non-profits/NGOs, and government agencies. Our graduate programs also have strong integration with experiential education and applied work for community organizations and government agencies.
Additionally, The Clinton School offers a gnerous scholarship to AmeriCorps alumnni, which includes a limited number of matching-scholarships for AmeriCorps Education Awards. The Clinton School application has no application fee, and all interested public servants are invited to apply! While the 2012 admission deadline passed a few days ago, the Clinton School is very willing to work with serious AmeriCorps applicants for a few weeks beyond the you will need to act quickly! If you feel that a very affordable Masters degree focused on tangible service is a perfect next step for you, please contact Clinton School Director of Enrollment, Alex Thomas, as soon as possible ( for additional information. To apply today, click here.

Led by Public Allies' Paul Schmitz, AmeriCorps Alums' next professional development webinar, Everyone Leads, is set for Wednesday, February 22nd, 2:00PM to 3:00PM Eastern.  You can register here.

How will the webinar focus on AmeriCorps alumni?
The webinar will provide useful insights on leadership from Everyone Leads, by Paul Schmitz.   One of the foremost leaders in today's nonprofit sector, he will share inspiring stories and practical examples, of what it means to lead today. He will also survey America's democratic and civil rights history, current trends, and leadership theory to demonstrate how collaboration among citizens has always been core to social change.
The Everyone Leads webinar offers a hopeful path for citizens, policymakers, and nonprofit organizations wanting to build and engage the diverse leadership our communities and our democracy badly need. 

About Paul Schmitz: Paul Schmitz is the CEO of Public Allies, which advances leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation across the country. He is recognized as one of America's most influential nonprofit leaders; writes and speaks frequently on social innovation, civic participation, diversity, and community building; and has served on President Obama's transition team and the White House Council on Community Solutions.

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