Results tagged as "corporation for national and community service"

  • Pathways to Progress: ServiceWorks Program Launch Ceremony

    By Brandee McHale, Chief Operating Officer, Citi Foundation August 06, 2014 01:08 PM

    The power of service was front and center this past week as the newest group of AmeriCorps VISTAs proudly proclaimed: "I am an AmeriCorps member and I will get things done," before setting off to begin their work with low-income youth in cities across the United States.

    This group of 50 AmeriCorps VISTA members became the inaugural cohort of ServiceWorks, created by Points of Light, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Citi Foundation. These inspiring young men and women will work with thousands of underserved youth over the next year to help them develop the skills they need for college and careers. ServiceWorks is a key component of the Citi Foundation's recently launched Pathways to Progress campaign: a three-year, $50 million commitment to unlock new opportunities and jump-start career readiness for 100,000 low-income youth.

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  • The Four Greatest Life Lessons of Service - Learning to Lead by Helping Others

    By Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Social Innovation Fund July 31, 2014 12:08 PM

    To celebrate the launch of ServiceWorks, a program supported by AmeriCorps, Points of Light and the Citi Foundation, Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service shares insights on the impact of service and leadership on her life. ServiceWorks is a key program component of the Citi Foundation's recently launched Pathways to Progress initiative.

    Ask people what they visualize when they hear the word "volunteer," and they might describe scenes filled with smiling faces serving dinner in a soup kitchen, raking mulch at a playground project, or perhaps erecting a wall frame on a Habitat construction site. If you look a little closer, you can see what I see - leaders.

    Now, you would expect the CEO of the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps to make such a claim - my job comes with a pair of rose-colored glasses - but I'm speaking from personal experience. I arrived at this point after years of volunteering that taught me the value of service. This began with my days as a Brownie Scout in Georgia, which led to becoming a local volunteer manager, which led to service leadership with the United Way, which led to eight years as CEO of the Florida Governor's Commission on Volunteerism.

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