I can’t lie, I will emphasize that the AmeriCorps experience is CHALLENGING. Jumping into a role that, in my case, was not established and did not exist before I came on board, was something I’d never experienced before. I was prepared for the population I would serve, as well as that smaller nonprofit workings would be difficult, but I never imagined I’d have to carve out an entire job position from scratch. I didn’t feel like I had the skills, or the confidence, in order to accomplish such a large job.
It was hard work, but now, on my second year in the same position/site, I’m confident in my role. I have built communication and leadership skills that I never could have imagined possessing before. I have had the opportunity to network with CEOs at behemoth nonprofits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. I can say confidently that I have directed multiple teams of volunteers to collaborate on projects for my host site, Youth Mentoring Partnership (YMP). I utilized my own unique skills to make YMP look as professional and impactful as it really is.