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Edieson Aguirre has been eager to serve in AmeriCorps since before he was old enough to join. As an AmeriCorps tutor at the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System, Edieson tutors students in kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade.

For AmeriCorps Week, Edieson took time to tell us why he’s motivated to serve and how he makes a difference at William S. Reyes Elementary School.

Why did you decide to join AmeriCorps?

Throughout my high school experience, I felt that I had not yet done something to be proud of. When I learned about AmeriCorps in my junior year, I couldn’t wait to turn seventeen so I could serve as an AmeriCorps member.

How do you make an impact as an AmeriCorps member?

I spend most of my time tutoring students from three different grade levels at William S. Reyes Elementary School. Additionally, with the help of my fellow AmeriCorps members, we lead an after-school reading program with 14 fourth grade students. We help these students improve their reading as well as their vocabulary, enhance their comprehension, and grow as responsible individuals.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned through tutoring?

I’ve learned that the requirements of teaching are not only intelligence and wisdom, but also patience, tolerance, and a sense of humor. Children are very curious about everything and they won’t stop asking questions until they get the answers.

Teaching has been very educational not only for my students but for myself as well. I’m still in the beginning of my teaching career, but I know I will be learning more in the future.

Mar 16, 2018

Edieson Aguirre has been eager to serve in AmeriCorps since before he was old enough to join. As an AmeriCorps tutor at the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System,...


By Chester Spellman, Director of AmeriCorps

As we observe AmeriCorps Week 2018, we have the opportunity to remember the many different ways national service opens doors, expands opportunities, and strengthens communities across the nation.

For more than 20 years, this national service program has been a shining beacon, attracting those who looked within themselves and found a desire to give their time and energy to take on the challenges that our nation faces. And our members represent a cross-section of America, as young people from small towns to big cities and everywhere in between have taken the pledge to “get things done” for America.

What exactly does it mean to “get things done”?

It means answering the call for our citizens in need during natural and manmade disasters, providing hope and encouragement that there will be brighter days ahead in the long recovery process, even after they experience some of the darkest hours of their lives. 

It means that communities can take back streets lost to neglect, transforming abandoned spaces into places where people can walk or play without fear.

It means that children and young people can strive for academic achievements that open doors to opportunity, with encouragement from the days before kindergarten through high school and college graduation to put the American dream within reach.

It means accepting the responsibility of stewardship and acting as caretakers of the great natural beauty that our nation hosts from coast to coast and ensuring it can be experienced by future generations.

It means accepting the honor to serve our veterans and military families and show our support as a way to repay the sacrifices they have made for our security and freedom. It means all these things and more.

Mar 13, 2018

In July 2006, Olivia Padilla and her family of four moved into a Habitat for Humanity house in Aurora, Colorado. Prior to moving in, they were living in a small apartment surrounded by an unsafe community in Metro Denver. It was a big deal for Olivia and her family to finally have a home.

“I was only 9 at the time, but I remember one of my happiest moments was learning that we were going to have our own backyard. My siblings and I would finally get bikes to ride around the neighborhood without feeling unsafe,“ says Olivia.

Olivia now serves in AmeriCorps NCCC, a national service program for young adults, ages 18 to 24 years old. Members are placed on teams of eight to 12 and serve on various projects throughout a specified region of the country for months at a time. AmeriCorps NCCC teams address community priorities like conservation, urban and rural development, and disaster response.

“My passions in life are working outdoors, traveling, and helping people,” said Olivia.

Timelapse video of Olivia’s block under construction in 2006.

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