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Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio

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AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Kaniece A. Williams

Fast Facts

Age: 25

Current city of residence: Cleveland

Service city: Cleveland

Program service year: 2020-2021

Q&A

Q: What is your area of service and what have you done as a member?

A: “City Year is a program that partners with students in low-income neighborhoods and provides academic help to students, with a smaller focus group for students who need extra help; we also provide administrative help in attempting to get students in school. City Year also seeks to provide their members with professional development in a multitude of areas.”

Q: How has serving as an AmeriCorps member impacted your life?

A: “Serving as an AmeriCorps member has been equally rewarding and eye-opening as it has been difficult. I love the opportunity to work with our youth and to be a part of an organization that attempts to bridge the educational gap, which is extremely important to me.”

Q: How has COVID-19 impacted how you serve? Or – how did your program respond to the pandemic in your community?

A: “COVID-19 has impacted how City Year operates as whole because a lot of our work relies on our ability to connect with and help our students. I work with second graders, and it has been more challenging. Not only do I have to deal with the regular problems that come with working with smaller children, but I also have to get creative with how best to help them and keep them engaged through a screen. My program has done a wonderful job at providing us with information on where/how we will safely serve and support our community.”

Q: What have you enjoyed most about your experience?

A: “I have enjoyed working with students and watching them progress over the course of the school year. I also love the fact that I have been able to bond with my coworkers and we have never all been in the same space at the same time physically.”

Q: Would you recommend joining AmeriCorps to your peers? Why or why not?

A: “I would 100% recommend joining AmeriCorps. I believe that participating in an AmeriCorps program is a great way to figure out your next steps in life while also getting great experience and doing something that gives back no matter what AmeriCorps program one does.”

Q: What’s next for you?

A: “Hopefully, I will be returning as a second year AmeriCorps member! Following a second year of service, I plan on going to grad school and getting my master’s in childhood psychology.”



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