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AmeriCorps Education Award tutorial

Started by Kate Hagner. Last reply by Marijoy Viernes Sep 5, 2013. 1 Reply

A lot of time people have questions about how the education award works and what you can use it for. There's a great online Education Award…Continue

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What's up with the minimum number of hours for my position?

Started by Sofia Angelo Jul 24, 2013. 0 Replies

All SCA AmeriCorps members agree to completing a minimum number of hours during their position.Some things to keep in mind:1. These minimum hours are assigned based on the number of weeks of your…Continue

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Wondering how to translate your AmeriCorps experience on your resume?

Started by Kate Hagner Apr 23, 2013. 0 Replies

Watch the AmeriCorps Alums popular webinar “How To Translate AmeriCorps Onto Your Resume” AmeriCorps Alums tells us this webinar has…Continue

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Attention all AmeriCorps members in/near Salem, Oregon

Started by Sofia Angelo Apr 16, 2013. 0 Replies

We were notified about an AmeriCorps meet up group in the Salem, Oregon area.  If you would like the opportunity to meet up with other AmeriCorps members or alums check out the website below.…Continue

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Comment by Sofia Angelo on August 25, 2014 at 4:48pm

Do you have plans for 9/11 and 9/12 yet??  September 11th is a day of national service in remembrance of those who lost their lives on the tragic day in 2001 and September 12th is the celebration ceremony of AmeriCorps' 20th anniversary... so as you can imagine there will be a lot going on!

AmeriCorps is going to be holding events in every state and territory on one or both of those days and would LOVE you to join them.  Please contact me directly at if you would like more information on what is happening in your area.

Comment by Cody Sodowsky on August 18, 2014 at 10:37pm

Are there any opportunities to work with Americorps in December?

Comment by Sofia Angelo on August 13, 2014 at 9:21am

Have you thought about how to more effectively translate the skills gained in AmeriCorps onto your resume?  If so, you’re like many other AmeriCorps members and alumni, and we’ve got the perfect professional development opportunity for you.  AmeriCorps Alums is proud to announce the next professional development webinar, “Translating AmeriCorps Onto Your Resume.” The webinar will occur Wednesday, August 27th, at 12 PM EST, and will help you highlight the skills you developed in your service year. AmeriCorps Alums are increasingly being recognized as a key talent pool for employers in nonprofit, private, and government sectors. Join us as we explore effective ways of putting AmeriCorps on your resume.  Please register here.

Comment by Sofia Angelo on August 6, 2014 at 4:52pm

Your preparation for Life After AmeriCorps is an area we strive to prepare you for in every way possible.  One of the most important areas concerning Life After AmeriCorps is the use of your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award and your pursuit of higher education.  In conjunction with AMERICORPS ALUMS, we are proud to announce the second annual AMERICORPS ALUMS Virtual Grad School Fair Series, an opportunity that will connect you to graduate schools and programs that will include schools that offer special incentives specifically for AmeriCorps members and alumni.  The event is a great opportunity to learn about schools committed to national service, and there will be two events this year.  They will occur on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 12:00PM to 3:00 PM Eastern (Register here) and Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 6:00PM to 8:30PM Eastern (Register here). Best of all, the event is FREE to current AmeriCorps members and alumni.

Comment by Sofia Angelo on June 25, 2014 at 4:11pm

Attn : Members serving in Maryland (this one looks fun!)

Governor's Volunteer Appreciation Day at the State Fair

Governor Martin O'Malley extends an invitation to all Marylanders involved in volunteer service to spend a fun-filled Sunday at the Maryland State Fair on August 24, 2014. The Governor's Volunteer Appreciation Day is presented by the Governor's office on Service and Volunteerism and the Maryland State Fair.  All volunteers, friends, and family are welcome!

Comment by Sofia Angelo on June 16, 2014 at 8:56am

Upcoming AmeriCorps Alums Professional Development Event # 2: Virtual Career Fair

It’s official! In conjunction with AmeriCorps Alums, we are pleased to announce first ever AMERICORPS ALUMS Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 1PM to 4PM Eastern. One of the top questions you likely are asking yourself is “What’s my next career move after AmeriCorps?” If that sounds like you, then you should register for this unique event. There will be a wide range of employers who are recruiting AmeriCorps alumni. The event is a great opportunity to meet with HR professionals who are seeking to land talented professionals for their respective organizations. We know that AmeriCorps is among the most unique professional experiences, and this event gives you an opportunity to connect with a captive audience of recruiters who value your national service. We invite you to learn more about why this event is the right fit for you by clicking here. The event will be FREE to both current AmeriCorps members and alumni.

In Service, Greg Heinrich Alumni Mobilization Manager

AmeriCorps Alums

600 Means Street NW, Suite 210

Atlanta, Georgia

30318 t: 404.979.2931 c: 404.477.9527 f: 404.979.2901


Comment by Sofia Angelo on May 23, 2014 at 2:36pm

Attn: Members serving in and around Seattle!

Greetings AmeriCorps Volunteers –


I would like to invite you to participate in a unique day of volunteering on Saturday, June 7.  As you may know, the Mayors of Seattle and Denver made a friendly Superbowl wager on the Today Show for a day of service with AmeriCorps members from the winning city.  As you definitely know, the Seahawks won and the Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock, is now coming to town to make good on the wager.  We are now looking for volunteers that would like to participate in one (or both) service projects scheduled for that day.  We are also hoping to have the Seahawks participate in both of the events but participation from any players, coaches, or Blitz (the mascot) has not confirmed at this time.



Time: 8:00am – 11:00am

Location: Century Link Field OR Seattle City Hall (location to be confirmed)

Participate in a resume building and interview preparation event with Seattle youth alongside Mayor Murray of Seattle, Mayor Hancock of Denver, the Director of AmeriCorps, members of Mayor Murray’s Staff, and Seahawks (unconfirmed).  Training will be provided by the United Way of King County from 8am – 9am so you are better prepared to give useful feedback.  Following the training, you will be matched with one of the youth participants, discuss their resume and/or career aspirations, and participate in a one-on-one mock interview (you being the interviewer).



Time: 11:30am – 4:00pm

Location: Habitat for Humanity work site: 4053 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way South, Seattle

Participate in a building project in the Rainier Vista neighborhood (Southeast Seattle) with Mayor Murray, and Bill Basl – Director of AmeriCorps, Seahawks (unconfirmed), and other AmeriCorps Members.  Volunteers will be painting and doing interior framing on the home.  We will also be celebrating Seattle Works Day at the event.  Lunch and training will be provided by Habitat for Humanity. Please wear clothes (AmeriCorps t-shirt) and footwear appropriate for construction work.


Other Key Information

  • Participation is first come, first served.  Project #1 will cap at 20 participants and Project #2 will cap at 15 participants.
  • If you choose to participate in both service projects, you will need to arrange your own transportation between the 2 locations.
  • We expect that there will be press at both events so PLEASE wear AmeriCorps gear and be prepared to be on camera.
  • More details regarding the location of first service project and other logistics will be sent prior to the event.


Ready to volunteer?  Please RSVP to and let me know if you want to participate in Project #1, #2 or both.


Please let me know if you have any other questions related to the event(s) so I can be sure to address them in the final communication.


Hope to see you there!


Kirsten Franklin-Temple

Comment by Sofia Angelo on May 14, 2014 at 2:23pm

Attn: Members serving in and around DC!

  • This Saturday!  May 17 (2:30pm-4:00pm):   “Getting Service Ready: Fitness Boot Camp with Coach G” Serve DC presents “Getting Service Ready:  Fitness Boot Camp with Coach G” with the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust as an event sponsor.  As we all get older maintaining a good work and personal life balance becomes harder and harder.  Even a tougher feat can be maintaining a healthy fit lifestyle.  Through this two part workshop we will began with a 50 minute body weight exercise class to teach you how to keep your body in ultimate condition whether you have the use of a gym facility and equipment or not.  In the second part we will gather together in a round table to discuss steps towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  This talk will include fitness tips, healthy nutrition, weight loss, organizational skills and a Q & A with Coach G to answer your questions.  Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to address your holistic health and grow as a person.  This monthly series will take place the third Saturday of the month (training dates:  6/21/14, 9/20/14, 10/18/14, 11/15/14, and 12/20/14).  Registration is required and this session is for current AmeriCorps members.  For May 17, 2014 registration, please click here.  Please contact or 202-727-7925 with questions.   


  • May 28, 2014 AmeriCorps Development Series:  Professional Writing:  The purpose of this 90 minute, facilitator-led writing workshop is to prepare AmeriCorps Members for the various types of writing situations they will encounter in the professional workplace. These include basic emails/memos, letters, and resumes. With a specific emphasis on content preparation and revision, AmeriCorps members will learn how to develop effective written communication strategies for reaching specific audiences.  Registration is required here.  Please contact Kristen Henry at if you have additional questions. 
Comment by Sofia Angelo on May 14, 2014 at 1:57pm

Another great learning opportunity for anyone interested!

Are you starting to explore career paths now that your term is coming to an end?  In conjunction with AMERICORPS ALUMS, we are pleased to announce a an upcoming Life After AmeriCorps professional development opportunity.  On Friday, May 23rd, from 12PM to 1PM Eastern, AMERICORPS ALUMS will host a “Careers in Philanthropy” webinar. The event will be sponsored by the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy, the first school in the country dedicated to the field of philanthropy. During the webinar, we'll convene a group of AmeriCorps alumni who are philanthropy professionals who will share insights and trends in the field that will better allow you to determine if it is a career option you to pursue. Please register here.

Comment by Sofia Angelo on May 13, 2014 at 7:47am

Attn: Members in Minnesota

ServeMinnesota is offering two FREE Professional Development Trainings to all AmeriCorps program staff, supervisors, and members on:


Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Center for Changing Lives
2400 Park Avenue South, Room 182
Minneapolis, MN 55404


Parking is on E 24th Street & Oakland Avenue S


Time: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Topic: Behavioral Interviewing


Job applicants are most anxious to create the best impression possible during a job interview. This may translate to giving responses that the applicant thinks you want to hear rather than responses that reflect the applicant’s authentic experiences. This program will help managers and supervisors identify important behavioral aspects of the interview process. Attention is given to delicate issues as well as what is and is not appropriate to ask. Participants will learn how to identify the best candidate, make the right hiring decisions, reduce “poor fits” and turnover, and ensure successful new employee integration into the workplace culture.


Program highlights:

• Understand interview techniques and guidelines

• Apply the behavioral components of interviewing

• Learn how to ask the best questions to obtain the most helpful information

• Identify the best candidate

Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Topic: Non-verbal Communication


“Not to communicate is to communicate!” The power of nonverbal communication is contained in that brief statement. We use facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, posture, proximity, paralanguage, and touch to interpret the messages we receive from others — whether we use words or not. This training program will explore nonverbal communication, examine the congruency factor, offer opportunities to make interpretations and discuss caveats when making interpretations.


Program highlights:

• Identify the components of nonverbal communication

• Explore the power of nonverbal behavior

• Understand the difficulties inherent in interpreting nonverbal messages

The trainings will also be presented by Randy Ruckdashel. Randy is an Executive Coach and Facilitator of Learning, Leadership Development, Teamwork, and Change for ORCHa Development Inc., Lee Hecht Harrison, and Balancing Life's Issues. He graduated from Dunwoody College and is a certified Master Trainer and Instructor.  Randy also volunteers regularly at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, so he is familiar with AmeriCorps and has worked with members in the past.


These trainings have a maximum capacity of 25 people.  However, if we do not get a minimum of 15 people, then we might not be able to offer these trainings for FREE in the future.  If you are interested in attending, please register at before Friday, May 23, 2014.  AmeriCorps program staff, supervisors, and members are welcome, so feel free to forward this information to other people in your program (Note: Members should check with their supervisors before registering).


If you have questions about these trainings, please contact Michael Zuniga at  Thank you for your service to AmeriCorps. 



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