2016-09-01

Ashlee Fletcher poses with her "Rookie Recruiter of the Year" Award and National Recruitment Director, Jamall Williams

Meet Ashlee Fletcher, a valued member of the City Year Team. Ashlee’s varied City Year experience at three different City Year sites gives her valuable insight to recruit AmeriCorps Members as a current Regional Recruitment Manger for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Recently named, Rookie Recruiter of the year for her efforts in finding the very best for the red jacket, Ashlee shares some insight on how she knows she’s found the right person for the job.

How do you spot a future AmeriCorps Member?
I specifically look for individuals who have experiences in team settings and those who demonstrate the ability to build and foster partnerships with those around them. I also look for individuals who are prepared to learn and grow from this type of opportunity. One thing that stands out to me when looking for a future AmeriCorps Member is someone can articulate great volunteer or work experiences.
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What is the biggest challenge in finding the right person for the red jacket?
One of the challenges that I come across is applicants not having a strong understanding of what the AmeriCorps Member role consists of.  Applicants can gain a better understanding of the role by not only checking out our website and blog, but they can take it a step further by taking advantage of the opportunity to chat with a recruiter or someone who has served a year like me!

What is the best part about your job?
I enjoy getting to know potential tutors, mentors and confidence builders and guiding them through the application process because it gives me the chance to prepare someone to help make a difference in the lives of young people.  I also value the opportunity to share stories about students that I've worked with because reflecting on those experiences truly keeps me motivated to do this work.  The best part about my job is getting the opportunity to learn about different individuals’ interests and passion to give back in a meaningful way. 

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What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying to City Year?
Do some research, get your questions answered and if you feel good about it, make your move! Recruiters can help you learn more the application process and provide the opportunity to get your questions/hesitations addressed.  And don’t forget to actually apply! 

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