Blue Engine’s Nick Ehrmann Wins an Echoing Green Fellowship

Yesterday, Echoing Green announced its newest class of fellows.

Among them is a rising star of national service, Nick Ehrmann, founder of Blue Engine — an emerging corps tackling college readiness issues by ramping up academic support for high school freshmen in New York City.

This spring, Ehrmann (himself an alum of Teach For America) recruited his first corps of fellows who will come together in August and start intensive, small-group tutoring in Algebra 1, a critical subject.

Echoing Green supports social entrepreneurs who are working towards innovative, high-impact, bold solutions to the world’s most intractable problems by offering its visionaries start-up funding, Continue reading

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What Next?: Reflections of a Graduating VISTA

“With every door that closes, another falls off its hinges.”

I’ve been watching my VISTA door close slowly for the last couple of months. The other door hasn’t yet fallen off its hinges.

There’s a lot of ‘wait and see’ in my life. My partner in crime and roommate just graduated from an engineering program and has been applying to jobs like crazy. Jobs in faraway and tumultuous places like Arizona. He has had several interviews but no offer.

It’s an anxiety inducing situation for me, the planner, the organizer, the coordinator. In a perfect world, I’d have something lined up. But in this imperfect world, I have 2+ years experience, a network, references, savings, good health, and parents that will take me in if I can’t even get a coffee shop job.

I’ve held back on applying for a lot of positions, partly because there aren’t a ton of jobs that fit Continue reading

Idealist.org Grad Fairs in DC and New York this Week!

For folks seeking graduate school options, check out our first two graduate admissions fairs of 2010 this week on the East Coast.

Both events feature 60 public interest graduate schools and 6 pm panel discussion. Admission is free!

New York City — June 15th

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (check out the schedule)Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, Pope Auditorium
113 West 60th Street, New York, NY (directions)

Washington, DC — June 16th

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (check out the schedule)
American University, Katzen Arts Center, Main Rotunda, First Floor
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. (directions)

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Saving Northwest Service Academy

The Pacific Northwest national service community has been rocked this past week with the news that one of our most vibrant AmeriCorps National programs has lost its AmeriCorps funding starting in September of 2010.

Northwest Service Academy‘s AmeriCorps program partners with local agencies, schools, and organizations to tackle environmental projects in the Pacific Northwest.  Its LINKS program works with partnering agencies to directly address education, public safety, the environment and other community needs. It’s sponsored and supported over 4,000 AmeriCorps members.

The funding situation means that as things currently stand, this year’s members will serve out their terms (as late as November) but the 75 placement sites already selected for the coming year will likely not be able to recruit people to fill needed service positions. Continue reading

CNCS Announces AmeriCorps Grants 2010

Yesterday, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced its funding selections after a national competition for $234 million in federal funding. Funding will go to fund AmeriCorps positions across the country in partnership with local organizations, agencies, and schools.

The Corporation is distributing $129 million more through state commissions.

According to the funding announcement, “Together with other positions in AmeriCorps VISTA and NCCC, AmeriCorps is on track to support more than 85,000 members this year, the first step towards the Serve America Act goal of 250,000 annual AmeriCorps members by the year 2017.”

See the funding announcement here, and the complete list of funded groups here.

Staying Fit on a Budget: Eliminating and Managing Stressors for Good Health

The bottom of the stress barrel is undesirable to anyone. Work, relationships, family, finances, and a number of other factors may cause stress at some point in your life. While identifying the stressors is half the battle, so is determining healthy ideas for stress-reduction. You may not be able to eliminate your stressors but you can eliminate their affects on your mind and body. And it doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming.

Stress-Reducing Physical Activity

The body responds to stress by releasing stress hormones into our bloodstream. These hormones raise blood pressure, heart rate, and Continue reading

ServeNext Launches Field Corps to Advance Service + Social Innovation

ServeNext is launching Field Corps, an initiative to “build local and lasting grassroots networks to advance service, AmeriCorps, and social innovation…as strategies to tackle our most pressing social challenges and strengthen our democracy.”

To launch the program, ServeNext is recruiting 10 part-time organizers to serve 10 hours a week between August and January, from all around the country. Field Corps organizers will receive “extensive training in organizing grassroots campaigns, communication and social media, legislative advocacy, strategic planning Continue reading