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By: Trey Fullen, City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps Member serving at Broadmoor High School


My family raised my little brother and me in Fort Valley, a small town in Peach County, Georgia.  When I was 18, I moved to Baton Rouge to attend Southern University on a track scholarship. I majored in business and joined Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. where we did volunteer work on campus and across the city. I particularly enjoyed getting to know the kids in the Baton Rouge community when we were part of a Dress for Success initiative.

During my senior year in college, I attended a career fair where I met a City Year recruiter.  When she told me about City Year’s national service opportunities, I knew I wanted to join. Fortunately, City Year accepted me and deployed me to my first choice of location, City Year Baton Rouge!

Now I am one of 8 City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members serving 325 ninth-grade students at Broadmoor High School. This is City Year’s first year partnering with Broadmoor High School, though we’ve served at Broadmoor Middle School since 2011. Our expansion to Broadmoor High is supported by a contribution from AT&T. Now that City Year is in both schools, we are able to help students have an easier transition to high school, often a challenging experience.

Our work is especially meaningful because the school community has had so many challenges beginning with Katrina in 2005 and running through the catastrophic flooding of 2016. I am proud to be able to serve them.

By: Trey Fullen, City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps Member serving at Broadmoor High School

My family raised my little brother and me in Fort Valley, a small town in Peach County, Georgia.  ...

By: Joel Croteau, AmeriCorps VISTA Member serving with FIRST


My name is Joel Croteau and I am an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). 

I began my AmeriCorps VISTA service in 2013 when my former robotics coach told me about the VISTA position that FIRST had in Florida. I had been involved in the FIRST Robotics program as a student for four years, and I care deeply for the mission of FIRST and the organization itself. FIRST truly is the only reason I graduated High School and I wanted to try and give students the same opportunity I had with FIRST.

Throughout High School, I had a very rough time actually applying myself and finding any reason for me to be there. I felt like I was just going through the motions and would miss weeks of school at a time. I initially wanted to serve as a way to give back to the organization that helped me as a teenager. However, after being involved in VISTA and being able to bring underserved students the opportunity to learn STEM education, my reason for serving has now evolved into an advocate of education, as it is a long-term solution to poverty.

After serving as a VISTA member and then a VISTA Leader, I left the VISTA program and worked as quality control and shipping engineer at an engraving company. While I was making much more money, something was missing. I wanted to make a difference again and know that what I was doing was making a positive impact in the world. So I left my job and went back to the AmeriCorps VISTA program at FIRST. The living stipend is a challenge to live on and sometimes I struggle, but being able to help students and see them getting inspired is worth all the money in the world to me.

By: Maiya Greenwood, AmeriCorps member serving at American Rivers


This month I started an eleven month term as an AmeriCorps member for the California Regional Office of American Rivers, and what a month it has been! I have helped with field work, traveled to different communities, and made allies with a multitude of passionate and knowledgeable people.

I am serving at American Rivers through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP), whose focus is on watershed stewardship in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I grew up in Lake Tahoe, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and now, serving with American Rivers I finally have the chance to give back to the mountains that raised me. It is hard to believe that within two weeks I finished my laboratory technician job in Nevada, moved to California and started my new position as an AmeriCorps member in Nevada City. My first work week has been nothing short of exiting, and I am already grateful for this opportunity through American Rivers and SNAP!


Members of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership 2016-17.

By: Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps


You can sense the excitement, the sense of purpose, from the moment you enter the offices of The Service Collaborative of Western New York.  

Situated in a lower income area of Buffalo, this structure serves as an anchor and beacon of renewed hope that great things are happening in the neighborhood.  It’s more than the structure that looks new; there are new faces among the employees. National service entrepreneurs help design initiatives that utilize service as a strategy to rebuild lives and communities in this iconic city.  This vision brings hope and 21st century evidence-based outcome initiatives that engage many in helping build the new Buffalo.


The extraordinary creativity of this unique national service intermediary organization emanates from the visionary leaders, most of whom are AmeriCorps alums themselves. The true test of these creative values rests in the actual members who accomplished the most diverse collection of activities in any city. The YouthBuild AmeriCorps members pictured below not only transformed a neighborhood by rebuilding an abandoned house identified by Habitat for Humanity, they learned new construction skills and enabled a family to celebrate their first Thanksgiving in their new home.  These are the faces of a new generation of leaders who stand up each day and whose actions speak of what it truly means to rebuild and reclaim communities.

Katie Neal knows her way around a solar electric system. After earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, she launched her career working as a residential and commercial solar designer with SolarCity. But after spending the first part of her career behind a desk, she recently elected to shift to a more hands-on focus.

Now she has the opportunity to get up on the roof each day as GRID Alternatives North Valley’s newest SolarCorps Construction Fellow under the national AmeriCorps program, with additional support from Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

“What drew me to construction is that I was always telling people what we were going to install but I didn’t have any personal, hands on experience with it,” Katie said. “I thought gaining that experience would not only be interesting and fun to do, but make me a better designer and kind of round out what I know about solar.”

As a woman who has worked in traditionally male-dominated fields for her entire career, Katie is also committed to increasing gender diversity in the workplace. She feels that the most important way to create an environment that is amenable to the participation of women in the solar workforce stems from providing opportunities for confidence-building.

“Training is the number one thing. Before I ever go out and do something hands-on, I want to know what I’m doing and have an overview of it.  A lot of women don’t want to jump in and possibly make a mistake or waste material. Training definitely increases comfort and confidence.”

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