Tip Tuesday: Service Corps Panel

Have you considered pursuing a service opportunity after you graduate? The year after graduation can be a great time to explore something new, see a new city (or country) and do work that will really make an impact. If this sounds interesting to you then you won’t want to miss our Giving & Gaining: A Corps Experience event coming up next Monday, February 26th at 5:00pm in THC 305 (RSVP via SpiderConnect).

This event will include a panel of representatives from AmeriCorps, Teach For America and the Peace Corps including UR alumni Michael Rogers ’11 and Josh Flynn ‘10. They will be sharing information about the organizations, the types of opportunities available, and their personal experiences as corps members. We’ll follow the panel with Q&A time, some light refreshments and networking.

Here’s some information to familiarize you with each organization:

AmeriCorps

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps. As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

  • Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
  • Fight illiteracy
  • Improve health services
  • Build affordable housing
  • Teach computer skills
  • Clean parks and streams
  • Manage or operate after-school programs
  • Help communities respond to disasters
  • Build organizational capacity

Teach For America

All kids—no matter where they live, how much money their parents make, or what their skin color is – deserve access to a great education. But in our country today, a significant achievement gap exists between low-income children and their wealthier peers. It’s not easy to close this gap, but hundreds of proof points show that it’s possible. Teach For America’s mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by developing such leaders.

In the 2012-13 school year, more than 10,000 corps members will teach 750,000 students while nearly 28,000 alumni will continue to deepen their impact as educational leaders and advocates.

Peace Corps

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.

Since that time, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

Today’s Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

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