Monday, February 28, 2011

Corps Members Explore Leadership After City Year

By Lauren McDade, corps member serving at Spingarn High School

Recently, City Year corps members joined other AmeriCorps members across Washington, DC for the annual Life After AmeriCorps Conference. Sponsored by Serve DC and hosted at AED headquarters, the conference was an opportunity for AmeriCorps members to some take time and consider their next steps after their year of service is over.

In the morning corps members were welcomed by the new head of Serve DC, Patricia Evans, who remarked that she was excited that one of her first public appearances as Executive Director was to address current AmeriCorps members currently serving in DC.

They were also given four pieces of advice from Howard Liebers, Founder and CEO of MarbleRoad and former AmeriCorps member: find inspiration, do what you love, ask for help, and be an advocate.

The rest of the day corps members had the opportunity to attend various workshops on topics such as starting your own nonprofit, utilizing the AmeriCorps education award, and searching for a career in the federal government. Representatives from several universities and other opportunities for service such as Atlas Corps and the Peace Corps were also present to answers corps members questions and discuss ways they could apply their service experience to their future careers.

The conference gave me the chance to think about how I am going to use what I have learned this year after it is over and take what I want to do and turn it into a more concrete plan, said Harrison Dark, corps member serving at Spingarn High School in Northeast.

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