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Our AmeriCorps Members

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Our 2015-2016 AmeriCorps cohort just finished their term of service. Take a look at this beautiful profile of the team to see what these amazing young people accomplished! 

 

AmeriCorps Member Opening: Community Engagement & Job Training Coordinator

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NOAH and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Community Engagement & Job Training Coordinator.  The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2016 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours though the end of his/her term on July 31, 2017. Read more.

 

Job Opening: First Source Program Case Manager

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The Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a First Source Program Case Manager.  The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2016 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours though the end of his/her term on July 31, 2017. Read more.
 

Host an AmeriCorps Member

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LISC Boston invites local non-profit partners to submit an application to host an AmeriCorps member. Members are funded through our national LISC AmeriCorps program via an application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). AmeriCorps funding has not been announced, but we are hopeful regarding the LISC application. The program for full-time members begins on October 1, 2016. LISC Boston anticipates being awarded eight full-time 1700-hour and three quarter-time 450-hour AmeriCorps positions for investment in our neighborhoods.  If you are interested, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for application materials.

 

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Donayda Salomon

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I serve as LISC AmeriCorps Program Associate at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation.  JPNDC is an organization that works with low-income families, people of color and immigrants in Boston.  I have the opportunity to serve as the Financial Counselor (in English and Spanish) to help clients in our community move from poverty to being financially stable.  I connect clients to have access of other benefits screening such as housing, SNAP, Mass Health and other services. 

Serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member has been an incredible opportunity for me because I help to make a positive impact in the life of my clients and in the community I live in.  I feel very happy and grateful with LISC AmeriCorps because through this program I have been able to develop my professional and personal skills.  This experience has changed my life forever and now I have more friends and knowledge, I’ve expanded my network and built bridges for the future.  

 

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Kelly Rusch

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I serve as the LISC AmeriCorps Community Engagement Coordinator at the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) in East Boston. I graduated last spring from UMass Lowell with a B.S in Environmental Health.  I hoped that in doing this ten month term of service with LISC AmeriCorps, I would get my feet wet in working in the non-profit world, and with the grassroots environmental organizing I have been doing at NOAH, my feet have got wet, multiple times. From cleaning up community parks and gardens with the NOAH Youth Crew, to handing out flyers on the streets, to assessing open spaces within the community, being outside and in the community is vital to the service I am doing here at NOAH.

I serve directly with the NOAH Youth Crew, a group of eight high school aged East Boston residents who are basically community organizers in training. I work with them to perform research in the neighborhood, attend and put on events, and maintain community gardens and parks within the community. 

I look forward to the rest of my service at NOAH and engaging with the wonderfully diverse, unique and warm-hearted community of East Boston.

 

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Jamel Langston

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My name is Jamel Langston and I am a LISC Boston AmeriCorps member servicing at Madison Park Development Corporation since November. I serve directly in the Community Action department Youth Leadership & Workforce Development. On a regular basis I assist with the management of the two youth programs here at MPDC. Our Afterschool Youth Employment Program (AYEP) is for current inner city high school students ages 14-19.  I assist them with their academics on Tuesdays from 5-7pm and place them at a career paid internship sites throughout the week.  I also support them with furthering their education or pursuing a trade they are interested in.  Our 1st annual Opportunity Youth Employment Program (OYEP) is with a different population of youth who are between the ages of 16-24 and have been disconnected from school as well as work.  I provide them with Hi-Set Training which is the new name for the GED and provide them with a career paid internship so they can have some type of income in their pockets. Before they are accepted into the program they must complete Workforce Academy which is a two week orientation period where they learn professional skills necessary to thrive in a professional workplace.

I’ve been working with youth my whole life and really can’t wait to see how this group turns out in the future because they will set the bar for the next group of individuals in the program. They are coming along well and starting to come out of the bad habits they arrived with so it’s definitely been a fun time working my youth programs. Aside from all the timesheets, evaluations, site visits, emails and clerical work involved with the program they provide a nice balance in the classroom for me so I do enjoy working with both youth populations. I recently graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in marketing.  Want to pursue sports marketing/advertising but wouldn’t mind going into youth work.

 
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