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AmeriCorps service adds value to area

DEAR EDITOR:

This fall marks the 25th anniversary of AmeriCorps — a national service program that engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community organizations across the country.

As a proud alumnus, having served in Youngstown from 2017 to 2019, I can personally attest to the power of national service. During my term, I served at Youngstown State University, Choffin Career and Technical Center, and other various high schools in the surrounding area. Through my service I worked to increase the awareness of health disparities in the community while empowering the students to create change by enacting a community service project.

In the past 25 years, more than 35,000 Ohio residents have stepped forward and committed to AmeriCorps — giving 65 million hours of service and earning $118.2 million in education awards.

AmeriCorps is a proven program that brings tangible benefits to the communities being served. It strengthens the impact of Ohio’s nonprofits and faith-based organizations by building capacity and creating innovative, sustainable programs. AmeriCorps expands educational and economic opportunity for its members. And it improves civic participation and encourages community involvement to develop long-term solutions.

My term as an AmeriCorps member changed my life and I have watched it change the lives of hundreds of others who continue to make a difference every day. Together, AmeriCorps members are getting things done to make our state stronger and better.

TYLER POULAKOS

AmeriCorps member,

2017-2019

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