Meet our ServeNext Organizer in New Orleans
Why did you want to become a ServeNext Organizer?
My life was completely changed after I joined AmeriCorps NCCC. High School graduation came around everyone was talking about what schools they were accepted to, scholarships, and what they were to study. I wanted to go to college but I also wanted something MORE. So I signed up for the National Civilian Community Corps and discovered a whole different way of life. Service really rocked my world. Now I’m an avid volunteer. Recently hearing about budget cuts and other threats to national service programs inspired me to speak up and take action. I believe everyone who wants to serve his or her country and community should have an opportunity to do so.
What do you see as the biggest challenge to your work as a ServeNext Organizer?
New Orleans is aware of the impact these programs have on both the service members and the community. We’ve seen the power and efficiency these programs first hand. There are people here excited and willing to speak up for National Service. Some of them might not know what to say. Or they might not even know their voice is needed to speak up
I really want to encourage the local AmeriCorps Alums chapter to make advocacy a priority. AmeriCorps Alums understand the impact of service. Plus, we sure know how to cause a ruckus!
How can other people help?
Tell your friends and coworkers about what ServeNext is doing (both locally and nationally.) Sign the One Million Jobs petition to encourage our presidential candidates to create one million National Service positions. Keep checking back for key updates on events – call days, strategy sessions, and social events.
What excites you most about your position as a ServeNext Organizer?
All of the wonderful people I’m going to meet. I love connecting and collaborating with others. ServeNext is doing great work. I’m thrilled to be a part of the movement.