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Spring is a time for high school and college graduations throughout the state, but did you know Volunteer Louisiana's AmeriCorps programs have their own graduation ceremonies?
For 2016-2017, Volunteer Louisiana had 15 AmeriCorps programs with 1000 members serving in 23 parishes throughout Louisiana. AmeriCorps programs require a year of service, and when members complete their term, many programs celebrate with a graduation ceremony. Ceremonies include speakers from the community and a presentation of certificates, pins, or other special awards. Here is a snap shot from a few of our AmeriCorps graduation ceremonies:
In Lafayette, the University of Louisiana Lafayette AmeriCorps program graduated 30 members. One member, in particular, not only met her year of service requirements for AmeriCorps, she also went above and beyond by volunteering an additional 150 hours. These additional volunteer hours were completed outside of her AmeriCorps responsibilities and on top of her class schedule. In special recognition for this accomplishment, the member, Lauren, was presented with the Louisiana Volunteer Service Award on behalf of the Lt. Governor's office. That is true dedication to service!
In New Orleans, we heard touching stories from 50 City Year New Orleans AmeriCorps members who completed their year of service serving five FirstLine New Orleans schools. City Year members shared stories on how the students changed them and helped them grow over the past school year.
In Baton Rouge, over 70 City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members graduated and spoke of resilience and perseverance as they helped their school communities cope with the August floods and attempt to return to normal operations. Several Baton Rouge City Year members from out of state talked about plans to stay in Baton Rouge and continue working with schools and in the community they have grown to care about.
These are only a handful of the many stories of service and impact our AmeriCorps members give daily in Louisiana. Whenever you are out and about in your community and see an AmeriCorps member, thank them for all of their time and service in our great State!