National service members begin summertime work with local nonprofits
Seven summer AmeriCorps members have been assigned to local nonprofits — The Launch Pad, Youth Conservation Corps and West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. These national service members, under the direction of Arizona Serve of Prescott College, will each spend 300 hours in their assigned service projects this summer, according to Annie Reifsnyder, a team leader with Arizona Serve of Prescott College.
Sierra Cottle, Chriswalk Kroger, Gabby McMillan and Olivia Potter are assigned to The Launch Pad, where they will work with local teens ages 13-18 from a variety of backgrounds in five summer camps: Makers Camp, Adventure Camp, Digital Media Camp and a Real World Life Skills Adventure Camp.
Saralyn Barstard and Hayley Michael are assigned to the Youth Conservation Corps, where they will work with local teens in a six-week summer progam that allows the teens to participate in various federal programs in the Prescott National Forest. These AmeriCorps members will guide the YCC participants through a week-long environmental orientation, including a “wilderness spike camp,” in which crews learn requisite skills while camping overnight.
Carlee Landis is assigned to the Senior Peer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. The program assists participants over the age of 60 to increase their social connections with the goal of achieving and maintaining improved well-being. The primary components are one-on-one interactions, free support groups, and community education and training on issues impacting seniors. Landis will provide data management and other support to program staff and volunteers.
Arizona Serve was founded in 2006 when several Yavapai County agencies responded to a gap in services by creating a small team of AmeriCorps members to fight poverty in the region. Several members chose to stay after their service year concluded to develop the Yavapai County VISTA Project. In 2009, Arizona Serve became a program of Prescott College and has since then increased in scope and size. Currently, 20 AmeriCorps members are serving in nonprofits and government agencies in Yavapai County, including the seven summertime appointments.
All AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance, an education award that can be applied to educational costs or student loans, and training to support their professional development and career goals.
Arizona Serve has many additional opportunities that begin in September for those who want to serve the community. More details can be found at arizonaserve.org/apply, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 520-230-2155.
Information provided by Arizona Serve of Prescott College