By Phoebe Axtman, AmeriCorps Member, Serving as the Marketing and Communication VISTA
As a proud AmeriCorps program, City Year New Hampshire has 50 AmeriCorps members who serve across six elementary schools in Manchester, New Hampshire to partner with teachers to keep kids in school and on track to graduate. In addition five AmeriCorps members serve as VISTAs helping to build capacity.
City Year New Hampshire is one of several AmeriCorps programs in the state who works to address pressing and critical needs along with Student Conservation Association, AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program, Granite State Education Corps, VISTA and Senior Corps.
Since 1994, 900,000 individuals have served as AmeriCorps members, totaling 1.2 billion hours of service. Each year, AmeriCorps members go into 25,000 communities throughout the United States, devoting their year to service to a cause greater than self.
In 2013-2014, City Year New Hampshire AmeriCorps members provided:
• 350 students with After School support
• 406 students received Focused Academic Support
• 1,081 students received full class Attendance, Behavior, and Course support in Math and English
• Over 2,900 total students were served
• 85,000 hours of service
Serving as an AmeriCorps member can be challenging at times, but these numbers put the impact that we are making together into prospective. At City Year our Red Jacket is the most visible part of our uniform and a symbol of who we are and what we do. When we put on the jacket with the City Year and AmeriCorps logo, it is a constant reminder of why we serve and the difference we make.
AmeriCorps week is an opportunity to thank current AmeriCorps members, Alumni and community partners, as well as communicate the impact AmeriCorps has on individuals and communities.
For City Year New Hampshire AmeriCorps members the week started with a celebration at New Hampshire’s State House with other AmeriCorps members from throughout the state. We heard from community leaders such as Governor Maggie Hassan, Concord Mayor Jim Bouley, VolunteerNH Executive Director, Gretchen Berger-Wabuti and Corporation for National and Community Service State Director, Shireen Tilley.
In the afternoon we participated in service in both the Concord and Manchester Communities. Service projects ranged from cleaning and painting the Concord Homeless Resource Center, to sorting food donations at the NH Food Bank.
Throughout AmeriCorps Week members spread the message via social media through photo initiatives and the use of #IAmAmeriCorps and #AmeriCorpsWorks. At the end of the week, City Year New Hampshire will be joined by other AmeriCorps members for an ice cream social and additional remarks by VolunteerNH Executive Director, Gretchen Berger-Wabuti.