Member Spotlight – Janna, Volunteer Coordinator at
Partners Mentoring Youth
Host Site | Partners Mentoring Youth
Time with AmeriCorps | Since October 2012 Hometown | Fort Collins, CO Unique Fact |I have been to Costa Rica three times, and the first time was for an exchange program when I was in 7th grade.
What are your duties at your host site?
I focus on recruitment of our volunteers, as we have wonderful program coordinators who manage the volunteers. I handle inquiries, scheduling and leading informational meetings. Another large part of what I do is helping with marketing and social media as related to volunteer recruitment and general awareness of Partners. I also work on the newsletter, website and other projects such as our campaign during National Mentoring Month.
What has been your favorite moment so far?
For National Mentoring Month in January I led our efforts to recognize and recruit mentors. It was challenging but rewarding- we got over 40 inquiries in January alone from people wanting to learn more about volunteering with us. We also heard a couple of heartwarming stories from former partnerships about how they have kept in touch with their Junior or Senior Partner because the partnership meant so much to them.
What are your hobbies?
I love to be outside- riding my bike, playing tennis, hiking, taking photos or just exploring.
What is your biggest goal?
To travel and see as much of the world as I can.
What do you love about AmeriCorps?
I love having the opportunity to serve in the community I grew up in and see it in a different light. I also love the people in the AmeriCorps program here.
To learn more about Janna’s host site, Partners Mentoring Youth, visit their website and their Facebook page. For more information about how you can become an AmeriCorps member, please contact Amanda Helfer, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 women and men in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members work directly in their communities to build capacity, help people in need, and get things done!
United Way AmeriCorps is an AmeriCorps State/National program that is working to address poverty in Larimer County through volunteerism and volunteer management. We can’t fight poverty alone and more volunteers mean more capabilities. AmeriCorps is an opportunity to use your skills and gain new skills to make a big difference in the lives of people around you. In Colorado, AmeriCorps is supported by Serve Colorado.
Motto: We are AmeriCorps members, mobilized to get things done in Larimer County.
Starting its second year, United Way AmeriCorps focuses on building volunteer capacity around health, education, and income within Larimer County through volunteerism. Volunteers get things done in our community every day to help people in poverty; AmeriCorps drives the efficiency and strength of these programs through volunteer management leadership.
United Way AmeriCorps members are “getting things done” at the following agencies:
- Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County
- Education and Life Training Center
- The Family Center/ La Familia
- Girl Scouts of Colorado
- Housing Authority of the City of Loveland
- Make Change NOCO
- The Matthews House
- Northern Colorado AIDS Project
- Partners Mentoring Youth
- Teaching Tree Early Childhood Education Center
- Touchstone Health Partners
Our members work on:
- Volunteer management, recruitment, and coordination
- Developing volunteer marketing materials
- Attending outreach fairs in Larimer County
- Developing volunteer tracking systems
- Supporting existing programs
- Working on intricate issues, from adult education to financial literacy and empowering youth, and more!
Benefits of AmeriCorps :
During their service AmeriCorps members will receive monthly professional development opportunities, health insurance with vision and dental coverage, and a stipend of $1,100 (pre-tax). After completion of 1,700 hours, members will receive and education award of $5,500 that can be used to pay off existing student loans or applied to future school expenses. AmeriCorps members will also benefit from an opportunity to network within the non-profit community in Larimer County, as well as an understanding of issues of poverty, health and education.
How can I apply?
You must be over the age of 17 and have a high school diploma to serve in Americorps State and National programs. Additionally, United Way of Larimer County is seeking applicants who have some previous experience volunteering with or working with non-profits. You must pass a federal and state background check.
For more information please contact Amanda Helfer, AmeriCorps Program Manager at email@example.com.