Welcome to AmeriCorps Workshop for Members


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If you are an AmeriCorps Program Manager and you are looking for a fun and engaging virtual workshop for your new members, then this is the right workshop. This workshop covers AmeriCorps 101, National Service History, and a review of Prohibited Activities. The workshop engages members through a meaningful icebreaker, storytelling, trivia, and a lively Q&A. The workshop includes the cost of hosting the session on Zoom and the workshop will be presented by an AmeriCorps alum and former AmeriCorps program director. The workshop fee also includes a moderator, so you do not need to worry about the tech. The session will be recorded and you will receive a copy of the recording afterward.

Below is the title and description for the session:

Welcome to AmeriCorps – Making the Most of Your Service Term

You have just been inducted into an AmeriCorps program. Welcome aboard! AmeriCorps service is different from anything you have done before. In this workshop you will learn more about the history of AmeriCorps, the expectations of all AmeriCorps members, and a few key tips to ensure that you have a successful term of service.

About the presenters:

Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom

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Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom served in the volunteer management and national service field for 10 years. An AmeriCorps alumna, Sharon led AmeriCorps State and VISTA programs as well as hosting an AmeriCorps NCCC team. She is an award-winning speaker and has presented trainings at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, National Service Regional Trainings, Financial and Grants Management Institute, and more.  Sharon has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. She has lead over 150 workshops over the last three years.

Yolanda Fraction

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An AmeriCorps alumna as well, Yolanda currently leads training and development at the Hunger Center in DC, supporting the leadership development of Leland and Emerson Fellows and Zero Hunger Interns. She was formerly the Training Manager at the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and managed training for Maryland AmeriCorps members and grantees. Yolanda holds a certificate in international studies and social change from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies. Her graduate degree in adult and organizational learning from Northeastern University and bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from George Mason University have enabled her to design and implement everything from large-scale conferences to eLearning modules. A proud native of Southern Virginia and an AmeriCorps alum, she loves all things related to hiking, traveling, and the arts!