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City Year was founded on the vision that one day the most commonly asked question will be “Where are you going to do your year of service?”

On Wednesday, October 30th, City Year Milwaukee hosted a summit to bring together local educational institutions and AmeriCorps programs in order to educate Career and College Counselors about the benefit of AmeriCorps programs, thereby encouraging them to elevate national service as an opportunity for their students.  

Data shows that students who take a gap year are likely to earn a higher GPA than their peers. Alums of AmeriCorps are also a part of a network promoting different employment opportunities and developing talent pipelines for their communities. City Year believes national service, and the range of AmeriCorps programs, should be options all young adults know about.  

Five AmeriCorps programs were invited to City Year’s summit to share about their program model. Isela Ramierz, the Recruitment and Operations Specialist at College Possible, said,

the summit “allowed me and other AmeriCorps programs the opportunity to share about our programs in front of school counselors that are always searching for other possible post-grad options. It also helped show that there are a wide range of AmeriCorps programs for all interests and all provide you with leadership opportunities and a number of transferable skills over the course of that year (or two) of service.” 

Career and College Counselors had informative conversations with the various recruiters. Erica Pollack, Milwaukee Public Schools’ College and Career Center Coordinator, stated,

"the College and Career Counselor National Service Summit was a great opportunity to network with local college access professionals and learn more about the extensive array of service programs available to students in Milwaukee. I was able to share the information with the Milwaukee Public Schools College and Career Center staff and immediately began connecting students to programs that are a good fit for their college and career goals.”

During the event counselors learned about AmeriCorps programs, AmeriCorps benefits, the service models of different organizations, and receive contact information for their students.  

There were 15 Career and College Counselors in attendance from local high schools, colleges and universities. The five AmeriCorps opportunities who attended are College PossiblePublic AlliesServe WisconsinAmeriCorps NCCC, and City Year.  

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