Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NC Campus Compact VISTA Alum at White House event!

On August 17, the White House welcomed Katharine Baas and more than 150 AmeriCorps Alumni leaders from 25 states. Katharine is a proud alum of the NC Campus Compact VISTA program! She served 2 VISTA terms with Elon University's Kernodle Center for Service-Learning from 2007-2009. 

In the video above at 30:27, Katharine shares a story of one of her proudest AmeriCorps moments: coordinating Elon's first MLK Day of Service that brought together students, faculty, staff and community members.

The White House event included breakout sessions for AmeriCorps Alums to share their stories with leading officials including Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer, Corporation for National and Community Service;  Bill Basl, director, AmeriCorps; Jon Carson, director, White House Office of Public Engagement; Jonathan Greenblatt, director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation; and Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, PA.

Katharine Baas shares her AmeriCorps story with Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS.
 "I came in not knowing what to expect and left with a view that I was part of something bigger,” Katharine says of her AmeriCorps experience. “As I look back, I know I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without AmeriCorps. As an AmeriCorps Alums member, I continue to serve in my community, and my national service experience has benefited my career goals."

A native of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Katharine has built a career in service. She is currently a Senior Admissions Manager with CityYear Miami and served in AmeriCorps with North Carolina Campus Compact at Elon University’s Kernodle Center for Service Learning from 2007-2009 and City Year Miami from 2009-2010. These experiences ignited a passion for student development through experiential learning. Katharine continues as an AmeriCorps Alums leader, encouraging others to look towards service as a pathway to jump-starting their careers by finding an AmeriCorps program they are passionate about.

Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have served in AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  More than 80,000 will serve this year, including the 22 VISTAs of NC Campus Compact's 2012-13 cohort.