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AmeriCorps

Learning To Connect: SCI AmeriCorps Orientation and Beyond

On Tuesday morning, September 2nd, over 20 brand new SCI AmeriCorps members arrived at the Great Hall in Dorchester for our first day of orientation and training.

I had spent the month prior trying to reorient myself to the Northeast after spending the last eight years in sunny, polite Tennessee. Without a job or any kind of routine, I meandered through my new hometown of Salem, and the rest of the North Shore, enjoying the natural beauty, the seafood, and the opportunity to sleep in. This might sound like an ideal way to spend the month of August in New England, but I was restless. Read more

SCI AmeriCorps Members celebrate 20th Anniversary, attend festivities at Tufts

SCI Press Release

 

On September 12, 2014, the AmeriCorps Program turns 20 and enters its third decade as the leading force in public service and volunteerism in America. In the same tradition of past (and still current) programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and 1940s and the Peace Corps and VISTA programs begun during the 1960s, AmeriCorps is now deeply rooted in American communities with more than 820,000 past members and 80,000 current members serving in local schools and a wide variety of non-profit organizations that are committed to solving real problems like illiteracy, homelessness, hunger, violence against women, job and skill training and more.

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Now Accepting SCI AmeriCorps Host Site Applications

SCI is currently accepting applications for our positions that begin in September 2014! These AmeriCorps positions are for our SCI AmeriCorps Volunteer Outreach Coordinator Positions and our SCI AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinator Positions. SCI is taking applications from organizations in various communities in Eastern Massachusetts that would like to partner with us to build social capital within your organization and community. 

Accepting SCI AmeriCorps Host Site Applications!

AmeriCorps Logo

SCI is currently accepting applications for our positions that begin in Sept. 2015!   These AmeriCorps positions are for our SCI AmeriCorps Volunteer Outreach Coordinator Positions and our SCI AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinator Positions.  SCI is taking applications from organizations in various communities in Eastern Massachusetts that would like to partner with us to build social capital within your organization and community. SCI's focus communities include: Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, Boston, Lynn, Woburn, and Fall River.

SCI AmeriCorps members aim to build social capital in their communities through civic engagement opportunities.

 

Volunteer Outreach Coordinators (VOC) will develop and implement practices for effective volunteer engagement at their host sites, drawing on SCI’s emphasis on relationship development and nurturing local social networks. 

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Answering the Call to Service

President Kennedy in the Oval Office.  (Cecil Stoughton photograph)

What was President Kennedy's greatest accomplishment? A good case certainly can be made for avoiding a devastating nuclear war in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, but his call to service has to be right up there.  During one of yesterday's JFK remembrances on WBUR, I was reminded of the role University of Michigan students played translating JFK's rhetorical call to service into the establishment of the Peace Corps. As described on this Michigan website, when JFK asked who among the students would be interested in serving, over 1,000 students eagerly responded by signing a petition calling for the creation of the Peace Corps; a name they suggested. Pretty powerful example of how JFK's idealistic speeches moved people into concrete action. Today, over 210,000 have served abroad in the Peace Corps, and countless more have been inspired by JFK to serve their communities and their country.Read more

Meet our New AmeriCorps Members

Some of the AmeriCorps Members

As the school year began for most students, our 20 AmeriCorps members began their service year. Our members began in early September with a training week, where they all met and discussed their ideas on what they would want to accomplish in their new communities.

Now over two months into their service year, our members met up again in November to talk about their progress. Many of them have helped organize events in their communities, start up Youth Councils, and become more engaged with the community members. They are already having some significant impact- stay tuned for details!

It is safe to say, this group of AmeriCorps members are already starting to build social capital among their Massachusetts communities. We cannot wait to see the journey their service year brings them and what lasting impacts they will have on their communities.

Government Shutdown Impacts Service Volunteers

"Government Shutdown Will Impact Millions of Service Volunteers", by Aine Creedon, The Nonprofit Quarterly

A recent Nonprofit Quarterly article discussed the impact of the current federal government shutdown on the AmeriCorps national service program. While our current members already in the field were not negatively impacted, we did have two additional members waiting eagerly to start throughout the government shutdown. Our example is cited in this NPQ story written by a former SCI AmeriCorps member. The two members are now happily serving!

General McChrystal Discusses His Call To Service in Boston

Retired General Stanley McChrystal discussing national service

Today I had a chance to join other AmeriCorps program leaders to talk with retired four star General Stanley McChrystal about his call for universal, voluntary national service. Gen. McChrystal (he insisted we call him Stan today, but I'm sticking with General here!) first began discussing this idea at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival, where he noted the lack of shared sense of responsibility when less than 1% of the population has been on active duty during a period when our nation has fought two wars. As he said at today's event, "our sense of citizenship has weakened". Gen. McChrystal makes a compelling case that military service and civilian service through programs such as AmeriCorps are "two sides of the same coin," and that ramping up national civilian service can help reinstill a sense of common purpose.Read more

Goal reached, thank you!

I'm happy to report that we have reached the fundraising goal for the campaign we launched yesterday to raise funds to feed our AmeriCorps members during their inital training this month. Thanks to the quick and generous support, we will be able to provide lunch during their orientation and show them we appreciate their commitment to a year of service! If you are still interested in donating to this campaign, additional contributions will be applied to supporting the members during their monthly in-service trainings.

Help welcome and feed our new SCI AmeriCorps members!

SCI AmeriCorps member with a group of children
We are about to begin ourWe are about to begin our SCI AmeriCorps year with our new group of AmeriCorps members. As a former AmeriCorps member, I can tell you from experience that the start of AmeriCorps service is an exciting but financially daunting time. As a group, these AmeriCorps members will commit over 34,000 hours of service in our communities. The AmeriCorps stipend is a modest living allowance of about $1100 per month (before taxes). We thought, what better way to welcome them to the SCI family than to offer them meals during their trainings.
We are about to begin our SCI AmeriCorps year with our new group of AmeriCorps members. As a former AmeriCorps member, I can tell you from experience that the start of AmeriCorps service is an exciting but financially daunting time. As a group, these AmeriCorps members will commit over 34,000 hours of service in our communities.
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