Friday, June 27, 2014

The Waiting Game Part 6 - The Journey Begins

This month we're talking to members about what they're doing with their time while waiting to begin serving with AmeriCorps NCCC and FEMA Corps. Jacklyn will arrive at the Pacific Region this October to serve as a corps member with NCCC.

Jacklyn after graduating from
USF this past spring
Hey everyone! My name is Jacklyn. I was born and raised in central Florida and I was selected to serve in AmeriCorps NCCC with the Pacific Region in Sacramento, California. I will be traveling across the country in order to gain the experience of a lifetime. I recently graduated from the University of South Florida with my bachelor of arts in anthropology.

So why AmeriCorps NCCC? After graduating I was not really sure what I wanted to do. I thought about doing many things, and all I knew is that I wanted to be able to help others. I gained my passion for service while working alongside the organization Camp Fire USA. I have been volunteering with them since I was in middle school, and they really helped to inspire me to give back to the community. I participated in 7 week long service learning road trips where I actually had the privilege of working with an NCCC team and a variety of different non-profit organizations. This is where I discovered the program and figured that I would want to be a part of it someday. Now is the perfect time for me to be a part of such an incredible organization because I have graduated college and have time to figure out just what I want to do for the rest of my life. AmeriCorps NCCC can help in laying the foundation for this.

Camp Fire USA members in Monterey, California
at the National Youth Forum
So what exactly am I going to do while I am waiting to serve America? I plan on spending a lot of quality time with my family and friends, doing things like playing darts and cornhole with my parents, or going to the beach, movies, or theme parks with my friends. I am also going on a week-long cruise right before I leave for AmeriCorps NCCC. I want to have many adventures while I still can, discovering the world, creating new experiences, and making memories for a lifetime.

Jacklyn and her family on vacation
I am so honored and excited to have the opportunity to be a part of AmeriCorps NCCC. I cannot wait to have the experience of helping those in need while making new memories, friends, and experiences along the way. I love that I am going to have the chance to travel our country and make connections with organizations that are doing such great things for it. See you soon sunny California and fellow corps members! 

Are you interested in serving with NCCC, but haven't yet applied? Apply for NCCC and FEMA Corps at! Let us know if you have any questions by emailing

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