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March 2, 2011
I am a graduate student, AmeriCorps alum and the first in my family to attend college. I graduated with a 3.8 GPA despite working full-time and part-time jobs. Even with scholarships I still needed loans to attend college. Due to massive amounts of unemployment and budget cuts, the job market for recent grads is incredibly tight. I still have to pay my bills and loans regardless. AmeriCorps helped me do this and continues to help college graduates across the nation. In return, the country gets young energetic volunteers to do much needed work in communities for very little money.
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By Dana Stein | September 24, 2014
AmeriCorps, which engages over 75,000 Americans in service projects annually, turned 20 this month. Since the program's inception, over 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed over 1 billion hours in service - including 4,000 AmeriCorps members in Baltimore through Civic Works, a non-profit I founded in 1993 to strengthen Baltimore's communities through education, skills development and community service. Too many young people in Baltimore struggle to stay on track in school and build the essential workplace skills needed to gain meaningful employment.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | July 19, 1995
WASHINGTON -- White House "talking points" were distributed within the Clinton administration the other day laying down the official line on Republican spending cuts. The "talking points" warn that "the president will have no choice but to veto appropriations bills now moving through the House that cut education to finance tax cuts for the wealthy."The first action mentioned as fodder for a veto is "eliminating Americorps -- 50,000 opportunities for national service in 1996." This is the pet initiative of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign: mobilizing young "volunteers" in community service with a payback of tuition grants when the service is completed.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
A Baltimore nonprofit AmeriCorps program will receive $200,000 in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant money to train 72 city residents for careers in environmental cleanup work. The nonprofit, Civic Works, was one of 18 groups nationwide that were awarded a combined $3.6 million through the agency's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. "This funding will expand the workforce needed in Baltimore to reuse and revitalize contaminated properties," EPA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin said in a statement.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
When officials in Washington evaluate the consequences of the sequester, Tiara Bland wants them to consider the sixth-grade girls at Mother Seton Academy. Bland, a 22-year-old AmeriCorps member at the Baltimore academy for low-income children, said the decision by government leaders to impose across-the-board spending cuts will shortchange the urban youths who turn to her for advice on math problems and life. Bland, who aspires to be a school psychologist, is one of 17 AmeriCorps members performing education and literacy work in Baltimore for the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2012
As many as 240 AmeriCorps members will relocate to East Baltimore's Graceland Park neighborhood in the coming months, as the domestic version of the Peace Corps establishes an urban campus, the first of its kind. The classrooms at the former Sacred Heart of Mary School will be transformed into dormitories that will house the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps unit that deploys teams of 18- to 24-year-olds to work with community groups and individuals in schools and parks as well as disaster areas.
NEWS
By NEAL R. PEIRCE | September 19, 1994
Washington. -- Americorps, the nation's new Clinton-inspired, congressionally blessed youth service experiment, got a rousing White House start-off last week.A single unifying oath was taken by Americorps members working in hundreds of participant programs -- from the Neighborhood Green Corps to the Navajo Nation Youth Conservation Corps, from Teach for America to the Delta Service Corps.The warm and fuzzy moment of swearing in should not obscure, however, the barriers to an accessible and effective national service program -- a pathway for young Americans to move into active citizenship by exchanging community service for GI Bill-like education benefits.
NEWS
By Karen Rivers and Karen Rivers,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2003
After rigorous physical tests, intensive firefighter training and six months of waiting, five AmeriCorps members have been ordered from their base in Perry Point to North Fork, Idaho, where they will face their first fire. The group was called up Wednesday, received a last briefing Friday and left early yesterday morning for the site of the Blackwall fire in Idaho. When they reach the fire on the Idaho-Montana border, the corps members are scheduled to spend two to three days at a time fighting the fire, sleeping outside and dining on prepackaged meals.
NEWS
By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | September 13, 1998
As an important deadline nears, the city of Westminster is having trouble finding someone to fill an AmeriCorps position with the Office of Housing and Community Development."
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 20, 1999
WASHINGTON -- A 15-year-old youth had been arrested repeatedly for shoplifting some food that was meant for his hungry and impoverished mother. He also became addicted to alcohol, because drinking seemed to ease his mind. Everyone wrote him off as a failure, except for one quiet but impassioned 23-year-old named Loc Truong.As a volunteer for AmeriCorps, President Clinton's national service program, Truong has spent five months prodding and mentoring a handful of such adrift youths in San Luis Obispo, a small coastal town in California.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
Torrey Kurtzner sees the 10 months he signed up to spend at disaster sites across the United States as a springboard into adulthood. The work could take him to the next Moore, Okla., devastated three months ago by a tornado, or the next New Jersey coastline, ravaged last year by Hurricane Sandy. Kurtzner, 20, is one of 162 young people inducted last week into the federal government's newest service opportunity: the FEMA Corps, a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and AmeriCorps.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
In a pair of working gloves with the Ravens logo emblazoned on the front, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee painted broad brush strokes at a West Baltimore police station Friday to make good on a bet. Had the Ravens lost to the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would have traveled to the West Coast to complete a day of service, which was the wager she and Lee made on the February game. "I think San Francisco is a lovely city, but I am glad I did not have to go there in payment of a debt," said Rawlings-Blake, who traded in her signature high heels for a pair of wedge booties for the day of activities.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will join the mayor of San Francisco today for a day of service in Baltimore to collect on a Super Bowl wager that she won when the Ravens dominated the 49ers. The mayors will help AmeriCorps members revitalize a vacant lot in the Franklin Square neighborhood, repaint and repair a police station in Sandtown-Winchester and tutor third-graders in Cherry Hill. But first, Mayor Edwin M. Lee will join Rawlings-Blake at Faidley's Seafood in Lexington Market, where he will learn how to make a crab cake sandwich.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
When officials in Washington evaluate the consequences of the sequester, Tiara Bland wants them to consider the sixth-grade girls at Mother Seton Academy. Bland, a 22-year-old AmeriCorps member at the Baltimore academy for low-income children, said the decision by government leaders to impose across-the-board spending cuts will shortchange the urban youths who turn to her for advice on math problems and life. Bland, who aspires to be a school psychologist, is one of 17 AmeriCorps members performing education and literacy work in Baltimore for the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
Victoria Hopkins-Rheubottom - sporting a purple wig and team gear from head to toe - played the part of unofficial Ravens cheerleader Friday at the Inner Harbor for a visit from the "Today Show," part of the countdown to Super Bowl Sunday. The Southwest Baltimore woman, a retired federal government worker, said she's proud of the team and excited for Baltimore's turn in the national spotlight. The waterfront rally, the second this week, brought hundreds together. "When you're a Ravens fan, it doesn't matter - you're a Ravens fan," Hopkins-Rheubottom said.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2012
As many as 240 AmeriCorps members will relocate to East Baltimore's Graceland Park neighborhood in the coming months, as the domestic version of the Peace Corps establishes an urban campus, the first of its kind. The classrooms at the former Sacred Heart of Mary School will be transformed into dormitories that will house the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps unit that deploys teams of 18- to 24-year-olds to work with community groups and individuals in schools and parks as well as disaster areas.
NEWS
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Julie Hirschfeld Davis,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 21, 2003
WASHINGTON - Just a week and a half after winning a major vote of confidence in the Senate, AmeriCorps, the national service network, is bracing for a new struggle to beat back deep cuts to many of the country's most established volunteer programs. Facing funding reductions are organizations such as Teach for America, which places college graduates in underserved school districts; Jumpstart, which works with disadvantaged preschoolers; and City Year, which sends youths into distressed areas to run programs in leadership and community service.
FEATURES
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2012
As a volunteer with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers, Sarah Kennedy, 23, works full-time for Alternative Directions, a Baltimore nonprofit that helps people who are in prison or leaving prison. She runs a program called CHIP, which mentors children of incarcerated parents, and she helms a transitional program for women coming out of prison. "I see so much injustice and inequality in our country," she said. "I think if you're not actively working against it, you're supporting the status quo. " This is Kennedy's second year with the volunteer organization, which was founded in Baltimore and is part of AmeriCorps.
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By Diane Pajak | August 27, 2012
Explore Patapsco Valley State Park on a yoga hike with AmeriCorps program volunteer Maria Reusing. The 90-minute hike covers a little more than two miles and “has yoga, exercise, meditation, hiking with strength training and balancing stops along the way,” says Reusing. AmeriCorps provides funds to organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. “It's similar to the Peace Corps, but the volunteer work is done here in America,” explains Reusing, who has a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Towson University and is certified as a yoga instructor.
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