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Summer of Service Part II

Posted by Morgan St. Jean on July 19, 2012

To help demonstrate the impact service and service members have, ServiceNation’s ServceNext Initiative has launched ‘Stories of Service,’ a summer-long series that will capture first-person accounts from service members currently deployed across the country.

In the series’ second post, Shayla Price talks about what she has learned about hunger in America while serving as a summer AmeriCorps VISTA member. If you missed it,  be sure to check out Shayla’s first post about why she wanted to spend her summer serving. 

As a summer AmeriCorps VISTA, I am on the front lines of a very important issue in America—childhood hunger. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), over 16 million children lived in food insecure households in 2010. With 1 in 5 children not receiving enough nutritious food on a regular basis, we must work together to end childhood hunger.

During my service, I have learned that hunger impairs children’s health significantly. Research shows that kids experiencing hunger are more inclined to get headaches, stomachaches, and colds. As they grow older, the children may even encounter harmful health consequences from obesity.

Moreover, hunger can hinder a child’s ability to learn and perform academically. A kid will not be able to concentrate and perform well in school.

The summer months can be a difficult time. Though more than 21 million American kids get free or reduced-price school lunch, only 3 million of those kids get a free summer meal. That’s why I believe my commitment to serve is necessary to help improve kids’ access to healthy food.

Feeding America is helping lead the way to meet the nutritional needs of children during the summer. With assistance from food banks across the country, Summer Food Programs provide nutritious meals and snacks to food insecure youth. The programs are typically reimbursed through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

SFSP is designed to fill that nutrition gap, making sure children receive the healthy meals they need. To find meals in your community, call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY. You will receive information on where kids can find summer sites in your area.

By serving with VISTA, I am directly helping with Kids Café, one of the summer food programs. This initiative provides free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations such as Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, and public schools. Some Kids Cafés programs even offer educational, recreational, and social activities, providing a safe place.

In Kansas City, the food bank Harvesters is partnering with agencies to offer 53 Kids Cafés across 26 counties in Missouri and Kansas. Children receive a free, wholesome meal and nutrition education at various sites, like community centers and low-income housing complexes.

As a VISTA member at Harvesters, I perform site monitoring and compliance inspections for Kids Cafés. For example, I verify that participating sites have adequate storage and refrigeration to keep meals, appropriate space to serve meals, and staff to administer the food. The VISTA team also monitors the sites for proper sanitation and recordkeeping.

I enjoy visiting Kids Cafés! The children are always eager to learn the day’s lunch menu. My site inspections play a vital role in guaranteeing that kids receive a healthy, free meal. With my passion and hard work, my AmeriCorps service is ensuring that hunger is not part of a kid’s summer vacation plans. Through VISTA, I have learned how one person can contribute to bringing individuals and communities out of poverty.

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign understands the importance of connecting kids to meals. The organization is traveling across the country to increase participation in the summer meals program, ensuring that no child goes hungry when school is out.

Let’s end childhood hunger together! Give money. Give time. Give food. Find out how you can help your community. Contact your local food bank by visiting

Shayla Price at the beginning of her summer of service  

About Shayla

R. Price is an attorney and an advocate for ending childhood hunger. She has promoted community service as a governor-appointed commissioner for Volunteer Louisiana. Prior to government service, Price worked as a marketing director for, a social welfare organization that sought to give high school and college students a voice.

While in high school, she earned more than $100,000 in college scholarships. She authored the book titled “The Scholarship Search: A Guide to Winning Free Money for College and More.” She has been featured in several publications, including “Better Homes & Gardens,” “Seventeen,” and “Black Enterprise.” Price was also named one of EBONY magazine’s 2009 Young Leaders and received the first-ever Emerging Greatness Award.


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Summer of Service – Part I.

Posted by Morgan St. Jean on July 9, 2012

Shayla Price at the start of her summer of service

What does one think of when they think of a national service member?  The ideas are endless, which at once is both an advantage and challenge.  On the plus side, national service has been used to aid communities, states, and our nation in great times of need.  The downside is that there is not a singular definition or example that embodies the impact national service makes in our country every day.  To help demonstrate the impact service and service members have, ServiceNation’s ServceNext Initiative has launched ‘Stories of Service,’ a summer-long series that will capture first-person accounts from service members currently deployed across the country.

Our inaugural post in this series is from Shayla Price, an extraordinary woman who has devoted her life to service. She is serving for 8 weeks as an AmeriCorps VISTA member fighting poverty.

Summer of Service – Part I.

Guest post by Shayla R. Price

Service is an integral part of who I am. Through community service, I have had the opportunity to tutor kids, clean up parks, and raise money for great nonprofits.

As a commissioner for Volunteer Louisiana, a policy-making body for national service efforts in the state, I help distribute funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service to organizations and schools that make a substantial commitment to service. For the past three years on the board, I have heard countless positive, impactful stories from AmeriCorps members.

Those service experiences inspired me. That’s why I decided to join the front lines in the fight against poverty in America. Right now, I am officially an AmeriCorps VISTA! For a total of eight weeks, I will be serving at Harvesters, a food bank in Kansas City, Missouri.

Last week, my summer of service kicked off with great success. Alongside eight other VISTA members, I will be improving the lives of area residents by increasing their access to good, nutritious food.

Hunger is a real issue. In Harvesters’ 26-county direct service area, more than 375,000 people are food insecure.  Furthermore, 125,000 children lack access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. Learn about hunger facts in your area by visiting Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap.

During training, I learned that Harvesters has a network of more than 620 nonprofit agencies. Their network includes emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. The food bank provides assistance to more than 66,000 different people each week.

Feeding More. Feeding Better. Through Harvesters’ Agency University, the food bank equips its agencies with the necessary resources to feed its clients. Organizations do not pay for the food products. One of my duties will be to monitor these agencies through site inspections. The main purpose of monitoring is to ensure every agency is in compliance with the rules.

In my first week, I had the opportunity to observe the monitoring of a Kids Café, a program that provides free meals and snacks to low-income children. I learned about the USDA’s food safety rules, child nutrition labels, and civil rights compliance.

In addition, I participated in SNAP (food stamps program) outreach at a mobile food pantry. During the site visit, my fellow service members and I handed out brochures explaining SNAP eligibility requirements and benefits. We also helped the community members bag green beans and nectarines for distribution to the long lines of parents, kids, and senior citizens.

I am looking forward to building systems and creating solutions to fight hunger. With a great team of diverse individuals, I am ready to teach kids about nutrition, distribute food to seniors, and conduct SNAP outreach.  I truly believe in Harvesters’ mission—feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.

About Shayla

Shayla R. Price is an attorney and an advocate for ending childhood hunger. She has promoted community service as a governor-appointed commissioner for Volunteer Louisiana. Prior to government service, Price worked as a marketing director for, a social welfare organization that sought to give high school and college students a voice.

While in high school, she earned more than $100,000 in college scholarships. She authored the book titled “The Scholarship Search: A Guide to Winning Free Money for College and More.” She has been featured in several publications, including “Better Homes & Gardens,” “Seventeen,” and “Black Enterprise.” Price was also named one of EBONY magazine’s 2009 Young Leaders and received the first-ever Emerging Greatness Award.

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From AmeriCorps Member to National Service Advocate

Posted by Morgan St. Jean on March 22, 2012

Katherine Jones with Sen. Blumenthal

Katherine with Senator Blumenthal

This post was written by ServeNext Organizer Katherine Jones 

My experience as a ServeNext Organizer empowered me to realize that I have a voice and can make a difference. Before my involvement with ServeNext, I wanted to be an advocate for national service, but I didn’t know where to turn or how to start. I felt like I was one of many in the community and that my voice would not be effective in making change. But throughout this year I gained valuable skills and I know now that I can use my voice for any issue that interests me.

I joined ServeNext right after finishing my year of service with AmeriCorps. I knew I wanted to continue being involved in the national service community and to also explore my interest in advocacy. ServeNext gave me the perfect opportunity to combine my passions and further my career at the same time.Through my work as an Organizer, I gained the experience and national network of contacts to make myself a sought-after commodity. The skills needed to be an Organizer are in demand, and it’s no wonder considering how much I’ve been able to accomplish during my time at ServeNext.

The skills I gained through ServeNext are already starting to pay off. I am going back to graduate school and applied for a competitive internship this summer. I was hired for the position and told that I was chosen over other candidates because of my experience with ServeNext.

I am especially proud of the meetings I was able to set up with Congresswoman Rosa Delauro of Connecticut and Congressman Frank Guinta of New Hampshire. Both meetings were very gratifying, but the meeting with Congressman Gunita was most inspirational because we changed his opinionof the value for service in New Hampshire. We were able to put service on the Congressman’s agenda and hopefully it will make a difference in the future when he thinks about cutting funding to national service programs.

The Organizer program is incredibly valuable to communities because the position works to unite the community. In New Hampshire, there were a variety of service professionals that wanted to get involved in advocacy efforts, but, similar to my experience, were unsure of what to do.  As an Organizer, I was able to collaborate with service professionals and work with them on developing ideas and strategies for advocating in their state.

As my term ends with ServeNext, I know that my time spent in New Hampshire ignited a fire that was waiting to be lit in members of the local community where I served and I know that they will continue to make a difference after I have left.

I encourage others who have a passion for national service advocacy to apply to be a ServeNext Organizer. The deadline is April 6 and you can apply online at

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Weekly Round-up: vending machines for charity, champions of change, and Google+ for non-profits

Posted by ServeNext Staff on August 2, 2011

A Japanese vending machine that allows customers to make small donations to the Red Cross with their purchases

1. In the first good news we’ve heard regarding junk food and soda for quite some time, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that vending machines all over Japan are now raising money for the Red Cross of Japan by allowing customers to make small charitable donations along with their purchases.

2. The Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation’s blog highlighted this week’s Champions of Change, or Americans recognized for their hard work towards helping our country meet the challenges of the 21st century.  To learn about every week’s Champions of Change, go to

3. The Corporation for National and Community Service posted a story about Nancy Ryan, a woman who was so inspired by the help she received from RSVP volunteers in caring for her dying husband that after his death, she joined RSVP herself.  “I had other people help my family in times of need. I am giving back by helping others. It gives me a fellowship with other volunteers and gives me a purpose and something to look forward to,” said Ryan in the article.

4.  With the recent introduction of Google +, a new social network and competition for Facebook and Twitter, a lot of people in the nonprofit world have been wondering if this new networking tool is a worthy place to invest time.  Beth Kanter discusses her outlook on Google + and the role it will play in the nonprofit world.

5.  The New York Times published an article in its July 15, 2011 issue about how social innovation is currently attracting the country’s best and brightest.  One example of this trend given in the article cites the figure that the number of MBAs among Teach for America applicants has tripled between 2007 and 2011, and Business schools are adding electives in sustainability and education to respond to students’ interests.

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Remembering R. Sargent Shriver

Posted by Zach Maurin on January 27, 2011

By Laura Alexander,

When I joined the ServeNext team in October of last year, I had just returned from serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania.  As is the case with so many volunteers, the experience changed both my life and the lives of the people I served.


So my mind immediately went to the Peace Corps when I heard the sad news of Robert Sargent Shriver’s recent passing. I, like so many Americans, am familiar the crucial role he played in shaping the Peace Corps as an organization, a mission, and an experience. As a returned volunteer, I am especially grateful for this contribution.

What I didn’t realize is that Sargent also founded many other service organizations that have been providing contributions to communities for decades and serving as examples to more recent social entrepreneurs. The list of organizations is surprisingly extensive, including VISTA, Head Start, Community Action, Foster Grandparents, Job Corps, and many more.

I try to live my life according to Sargent’s rules. Though I never had the privilege of meeting him, he made a significant impact on my life not only through his many pioneering contributions to the service world, but by being an example of a life dedicated to public service.

GOOD Magazine did a nice slideshow of pictures and quotes.  Below are additional reflections from a number of leaders:

Most of all, his passing should remind us of the service to which he dedicated his life and be a call to action for all of us.  As Sargent Shriver said, “Serve, serve, serve.  Because in the end, it will be the servants who save us all.” – Patrick A. Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service

Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Sarge came to embody the idea of public service. Of his many enduring contributions, he will perhaps best be remembered as the founding director of the Peace Corps, helping make it possible for generations of Americans to serve as ambassadors of goodwill abroad. His loss will be felt in all of the communities around the world that have been touched by Peace Corps volunteers over the past half century and all of the lives that have been made better by his efforts to address inequality and injustice here at home. – President Barack Obama

Hearing the entire Shriver family talk about the love affair between their mother and father brought a tear to my eye.

Hearing about Sarge’s fight for civil rights with Martin Luther King, Jr.; his work on the War on Poverty; his founding of The Peace Corps; his work with Special Olympics; and on and on was truly magical.

President Clinton gave a warm address. He interned for Sargent Shriver and helped to run his campaign for VP back in 1972. As did our Vice President Joe Biden who spoke with passion about what the Shriver family meant to him on a personal basis. – Ted Leonsis, DC community leader and businessman, who attended the memorial service

Wherever there was injustice or need, Sargent Shriver wanted to be there, rolling up his sleeves to help people reach their full potential, regardless of whether they were poor, living with disabilities or relegated to the margins of society. His relentless and optimistic spirit inspired countless Americans to take their passion and find ways to act on it for the common good. – AnnMaura Connolly, Voices for National Service and City Year

As he was to thousands, he will always be my inspiration and role model. He confronted the evils of deprivation – discrimination and poverty. He created living institutions that have and will continue to raise up this nation and help to fulfill the promise of America.

No words can express how much I – along with countless others – will personally miss him. Sarge has a special place in this nation’s history and our tears are those of gratitude for being one of his “kids.” He was the real definition of love, commitment and dedication. A unique person – always looking to the future, never dwelling on the past and forever generous in spirit. – Mickey Kantor, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Picture: Peace Corps Director Sargent Shriver spent four days in Nepal visiting Volunteers.  Courtesy of Peace Corps Flickr account.

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ServeNext Events: Tonight in New Orleans & Saturday in San Fran

Posted by Zach Maurin on October 28, 2010

Impact of National Service in New Orleans:

A Conversation with Rep. Cedric Richmond, Candidate for U.S. Congress

When: Thursday, October 28th from 6-7:30PM.

: Tulane University Business School, Room GW2-2111.

Click here for a map of Tulane’s campus.  The event is located at building #40.

What: ServeNext New Orleans is hosting a meet-and-greet between local non-profit, national and community service organizations, and State Representative and Congressional Candidate Cedric Richmond.  The purpose for the event is to have the service community talk to Mr. Richmond about the critical work it is doing in New Orleans in the areas of disaster recovery, education, workforce development, service-learning, and others. In addition, we want to hear from Mr. Richmond about his thoughts on engaging citizens and volunteers in tackling New Orleans and our country’s biggest challenges.

The event is open to the public.  Please RSVP to our New Orleans Field Organizer, Tiffany Zapico, at tzapico [at]

Note: This is not a campaign event and is focused on having a discussion with Mr. Richmond about how service projects & programs impact New Orleans.  Mr. Cao, the other candidate in this campaign, has been invited but has a scheduling conflict.


Community Service in ActionOct.30| 2pm – 4pm  @ Sports Basement
1590 Bryant Street | San Francisco, CA

Co-convened by:

  • Learn how national service opportunities like AmeriCorps can help further your career development across sectors.
  • Learn about the impact & importance of national service positions to communities and schools.
  • Grassroots Advocacy – a critical way for AmeriCorps alums, program staff, and anyone passionate about service and volunteerism to help expand the service movement.

Keynote: Tom Broussard, Heller School for
Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

Danielle Fitts, Public Allies Alum
Sonny Pyon, former Peace Corps Volunteer
Oscar Fabian Reyes, AmeriCorps Alum
David Mitnick, AmeriCorps Alum & current VISTA leader with
Taproot Foundation
Grace Boone, StartingBloc Fellows

Please RSVP here.

*We will be serving light refreshments and provide  networking after  the  panel discussion.

*Sports Basement is also offering a 20% discount in the store during the event.

If you have any questions regarding co-sponsoring the event, please email Kike Aluko [at]

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Round-up: Serve America Act Anniversary and National Volunteer Week

Posted by kate12907 on April 29, 2010

April 18 through the 24th 2010 was an exciting week in the service world. It marked the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act; it was also National Volunteer Week.

To get the week started President Obama made a statement highlighting the importance of national service:

Whether through the workplace or a house of worship, in our own neighborhoods or in another state or country, service binds us together as Americans in a way nothing else can. It defines us as a people, and it is essential to achieving our national priorities. Together, let us answer the call, take hold of our shared future, and meet the challenges of our new century.

The House of Representatives also recognized this monumental occasion by issuing a statement regarding the innovation and expansion of service in America:

Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act promotes social innovation by supporting and expanding proven programs and builds capacity of individuals, non- profits, and communities to volunteer.

On Tuesday April 20th ServiceNation, America Forward and Voices for National Service hosted a luncheon on at the Newseum in honor of the first anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The event included a video tribute introduced by the wife of the late Senator Kennedy, remarks about service and citizenship by Cokie Roberts, and a keynote by Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National Community Service.

Also on Tuesday, the Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network held the first-ever LEAD Summit. It convened media innovators, nonprofit experts, and more than 300 volunteer leaders to discuss new-media ways to engage and mobilize volunteers.  The Summit explored the power of new social media platforms and reflected upon how volunteer leaders are creating new pathways of self-organizing for change.

On Wednesday, April 21st Shirley Sagawa launched her book, The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers are Transforming America at the American Center for Progress. Ms. Sagawa gave a brief speech and was then joined in a panel by Lester Strong, CEO of Experience Corps, and Jason Patnosh, National Director of Community HealthCorps, where the future of national service in America was discussed.

National Volunteer Week went off with a bang. The week was not only inspiring but it did a great job of promoting volunteerism and service in America.

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Four Exciting Events

Posted by Zach Maurin on April 12, 2010

Lots of exciting events are coming up in the service world over the next few months:

AmeriCorps Week

The fourth annual AmeriCorps Week 2010 is coming up on May 8th to the 15th. This event is a great way for alums,

current corps members, program partners and friends to motivate others to join the service movement. You can make a presentation and speak to your school or co-workers about AmeriCorps and projects in your area. Videos or pictures of projects you’re involved in   AmeriCorps has a free presentation kit you can download, with public speaking tips, facts about AmeriCorps, a PowerPoint slide show. You can even order free handouts such as stickers and bookmarks to enhance your presentation. You can submit a video or photo into the AmeriCorps Video Contest. You can organize a service project for your area. Lastly, you can even submit a blog about your AmeriCorps experience on Facebook or Twitter. Get involved in AmeriCorps week and show your support for national service:

National Conference on Volunteering and Service in NY

This year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service will be held in New York City, from June 28th to the 30th. This is the world’s largest gathering of community service leaders from nonprofit, government and corporate sectors. The Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service will host this exciting event. Attendees include nonprofit professional, volunteer managers, leaders in corporate social responsibility, funders and philanthropists as well as AmeriCorps members and alums. This is a great event for people in the service world to connect and talk about future steps that can be taken for improving our country and communities. Register today at!

National Conference on Citizenship

The 64th Annual National Conference on Citizenship will be held this year on Citizenship Day, September 17th, in Washington DC. The conference “BIG Citizenship: Citizens as Catalysts and Innovators” that will look at the key roles civic innovators are playing in society by making people more informed, engaged and trusting in their communities. Registration will open soon, save the date!

Spirit of Service Awards

The Spirit of Service Awards pays tribute to exceptional participants in any of the Corporation’s programs, including AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. The awards will be given out during special ceremonies at the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, in New York City. You can nominate a corps member or participant on the website through April 12, 2010. The nominee must demonstrate outstanding service or leadership, as well as serve as a role model for their community.

Get involved in one or more of the multiple opportunities happening over the next couple of months!

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So You Say You Want a Revolution

Posted by bhae09 on April 2, 2010

Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that.   Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

Masoora Ali, 2009-2010 Atlas Corps Fellow, in the first of this winter's snows in Washington, D.C.

My housemate describes her wishes for her home country, one that she says has recently seen suicide bombings become, in the public mind, unavoidable.  Weddings aren’t delayed.  People more than one degree away from injury or death go about their doctor’s appointments and grocery shopping later that day.

She runs through economic, educational, religious, familial, and political reasons why young people can come to hold beliefs and commit acts that are repugnant (not to mention, she says, misguided- for lack of a stronger word); ways that her government could (and isn’t) attacking the problem; and decades-old national allegiances and betrayals that aren’t helping.

We stand there isolated in our kitchen during a D.C. snowstorm, that unmappably complex tangle just hanging in the air.

She wishes for a magic wand.

She’s an Atlas Corps Fellow quite experienced in NGO work, is building skills working with youth, and is currently grappling with how to address youth issues at home after her year here in the U.S. is up.  The kids she works with in D.C. schools are often difficult and unreachable, and they get a barrage of messages contradicting all of hers.  She’s not dismissive of issues at all; she’s willing to tackle the details, even though creative persistence in doing so might be the hardest thing she’s ever done.

Where’s a magic wand?!  We all want to change the world.  I’m a young, idealistic volunteer in the nonprofit world, and I want to charge heroically against human suffering, educational failings, environmental degradation…  name it, and I feel pressure to act.  I think most people do.  Whether by being part of movements or by developing and pioneering a creative approach to an old problem, I want to feel that my work has tangible impact.  We see injustice and want to fix things in one fell swoop.

The more I learn about the mechanics of nonprofit work and social activism, the more impatient I get.  For me, there’s a sense of urgency that’s not yet connected to enough outlets in the field I work in, and it’s not connected to any outlets when it comes to some of those other issues.  Lately I’ve been impatient about it all the time.

I wonder how often this happens to others: the energetic idealist transforms into an unhappy one-person capsule of save-the-world syndrome, with no time for fun or for real connections.  She has places to be –  direct action to take!  because there is so much to be done! –  but has very little idea what those places look like.

Then my housemate sighs and says, “I always think about revolution; I don’t know why.  Big movements…  But each person is a bubble in a sea.  We have our little worlds, and we don’t know what it is like in the other bubbles that are so many.  But how you do something is you change people’s minds.  Then they change people’s minds.  That’s how things happen.”

I think about her and the inspiring people I know.  I remember about patience, and about my limited and focusable skill set, and how supremely important face-to-face connections and friendships are.   About the things I don’t have the power to change, and then, the things a group of people in collaboration can do.  How to tackle something well.  What to start learning.  What not to feel responsible for.  How to be there for one person at a time.

Then I think about why I’ve felt so impatient.  What makes me come alive is one person’s story at a time.

Conveniently, that’s also how things happen.

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Welcoming a New Member to our Team!

Posted by Zach Maurin on March 23, 2010

I’m excited to introduce our newest team member, Mia, who will be working with ServeNext for the next month or so help us design our grassroots field program with 10 Community Organizers.  Here’s a brief intro from her:

Hey everyone!

I’m really excited to be joining the ServeNext team for the next few weeks. I had my first experience with national service three years ago, when I became a Corps Member for JumpStart in Washington, DC. Through JumpStart, I became friends with 3-year-old Juliana, who I mentored for a year. It was through getting to know Juliana and her mother that I realized what a powerful role national service programs can play in strengthening communities. I deeply believe in the work ServeNext is doing, and in the urgent need to educate communities and leaders on the importance of national service.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be helping to get the ServeNext Community Organizers program off the ground. The 10 Organizers we select will hit the ground running later this year, and will work to build networks of people in their communities who are passionate about the national service movement. Stay tuned for updates!

I’m looking forward to getting to know as many people in the ServeNext community as possible. You can shoot me an email at if you feel like introducing yourself, or if you have any questions about the Community Organizers program.


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