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AmeriCorps members kick off service at ServeNebraska conference

ServeNE Conference Group Photo

On Oct. 3, College Possible Omaha AmeriCorps members and leadership team staff attended ServeNebraska’s AmeriCorps Kick-Off conference. The conference was a way to celebrate service members’ start to their year, network with other AmeriCorps members serving in the state, and learn new skills or valuable information about their terms. This year’s conference was held at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center on the University of Nebraska Omaha’s campus.

Members had the opportunity to attend sessions on a variety of topics. Such as how to use their education award, be a better leader, communicate effectively and more. “ServeNebraska brought in great speakers to learn from. Mike Smith, [co-founder of Rabble Mill] really impacted me. He showed that even if you don’t know how things will work, just keep pushing and it will come together,” says AmeriCorps member Yulissa Vargas-Salinas.

ServeNebraska also held a moment for all service members across the state to be sworn into their year of service. This year, members read the AmeriCorps pledge under the guidance of U.S. Congressman Don Bacon.

There was a collective togetherness at the conference. ServeNebraska brought together other nonprofit organizations with AmeriCorps members and really created a feeling of togetherness,” said College Possible Omaha Director of College Access, Aminatu Issaka. “AmeriCorps members are making an impact, and meeting with others reminded us that we’re all in it together.”

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