I write to you today from Vicksburg, Mississippi; home of the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region campus. As of now, our AmeriCorps NCCC Class 19 teams are serving in a variety of ways throughout the 11 states that make up our Southern Region. Some teams are serving as mentors to school aged children whereas others are providing relief to towns affected by disaster. These teams consist of eight to 12 highly capable, bright, and motivated Corps members along with a Team Leader (TL) to help guide them along their journey. They are out in the field and getting things done for America. However, what may go overlooked is how exactly they got to that point.
The new Class 19 Team Leaders for the Southern Region
In early January, a vibrant group of Team Leaders arrived to campus. Some were veterans who had served in the past while others were eager to learn more about their duties. For the next month, they went through Team Leader Training (TLT) that consisted of everything a Team Leader needed to know to be a successful, safe, organized, and well-balanced leader. Everything they learned during TLT had a specific purpose. From filling out paper work correctly to safely handling a chainsaw for hours on end. They were given the resources, knowledge, and taught the skills to make the greatest impact possible and they had a blast doing it.
My name is Tanner Shepherd and I am a proud Team Leader for the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region campus. I, along with the Corps, have had an amazing experience during TLT and Corps Training Institute (CTI) and I am honored to give you the inside scoop on both trainings.
Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Chainsaw training in Hattiesburg, MS
Delta 5 at the ropes course for team building.
River Unit hug!
Check out his video I made for the Corps about arriving to campus and our first months of training!