August 03, 2015 02:30 PM
By Loren Kranz, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Citi Retail Services
The 2015-2016 cohort of AmeriCorps VISTAs with Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Tracy Hoover, President of Points of Light, Rosemary Byrnes, Senior Program Officer, Citi Foundation, and Loren Kranz, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Citi Retail Services
After working as a juvenile correctional officer, Warren Jones knew he wanted to do more to reach at-risk youth and help them make positive decisions that would help lead to positive futures. “Youth at the facility saw staff as the enemy,” he said. That’s why Warren joined ServiceWorks as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. He officially took his oath of service on July 24th. Warren sees his time with ServiceWorks as an entry point to instill that positive influence. “I want to have a lasting impact on young people in need of positive role models,” Warren added. He will work at City Square in Dallas with youth to help them learn the skills they need to chart a path towards their goals.
Through ServiceWorks, the nation’s largest corporate-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA program, VISTA members like Warren help 16-24 year olds brighten both the future of their communities and their paths to career success. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a museum dedicated to social change movements, served as a fitting location to welcome the 75 new VISTA members in front of over 150 guests. Staff from Citi’s offices in Atlanta, including myself, attended to show support for the program – after all, service is a big part of our community - and to welcome everyone to our hometown. We were all honored to represent Citi and inspired to see so many young people wanting to dedicate a year of their lives to making a difference in the lives of others.