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AmeriCorps Alumni Spotlight: From Service to a Career in Serving Families

Nick Jones served the community in Columbus, Ohio, at Children’s Hunger Alliance during the 2005-2006 AmeriCorps project year. AmeriCorps members at this program serve in afterschool programs and teach nutrition education (Food Folks) and physical education (CATCH) to children attending these afterschool programs. Through Food Folks, children learn the importance of a healthy diet and how to choose nutritious foods. The CATCH program encourages non-competitive, active, and fun physical activity. Currently, Jones is the Director of Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Q: What was your role as a member? What community issues did you address?

A: I facilitated nutrition education (“Food Folks”) and physical activities (“CATCH”) for students in the Columbus City Schools district. We addressed childhood hunger, healthy eating and living and obesity.

Q: How did you first learn about AmeriCorps and why did you decide to join?

A: I first learned about AmeriCorps from an advertisement in the paper. I decided to join because I already had a passion for serving my community and was fresh out of college trying to determine what was next. I heard Children’s Hunger Alliance was a terrific organization.

Q: What was your favorite memory from serving? What did you enjoy most about your experience?

A: I was fortunate to co-emcee an Ohio AmeriCorps gathering that brought thousands of AmeriCorps members to Columbus and the Aladdin Shrine Temple. The relationships I built with the students was most enjoyable.

Q: How has AmeriCorps service influenced where you are today?

A: AmeriCorps grounded me in the career I’ve committed to over the last 15 years. Without my AmeriCorps service, I would not be doing the work I am today.

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

A: ABSOLUTELY. I’d love to see national service as a requirement for all young adults. It is not only humbling, but a most enjoyable, educational opportunity to serve your community.

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