LCCC AmeriCorps Program Inspires Student to Get Involved

{mosimage}The AmeriCorps program at LCCC is giving Krystal Kinley the real world experience she needs and an opportunity to build a network of contacts in the social services field. 

Last year, Krystal Kinley struggled to find a job in social services.
 
"After several interviews, I was told it wasn’t my personality or education holding me back, but the fact that I didn’t have any direct experience," Kinley, 23, recalled.
 
That’s when she came across an ad for a part-time AmeriCorps program at Lorain County Community College.

{mosimage}The program offered real world experience and the opportunity to build a network of contacts in the social services field. Kinley, who lives in Grafton and is working on a bachelor’s degree in social work through LCCC’s University Partnership program with Youngstown State University, eagerly applied. She was accepted as a mentor in AmeriCorps’ M3C Fellows program and quickly began work to rack up the required 300 hours of service in the 2010-2011 academic year.
 
As a mentor, she helped three other AmeriCorps volunteers navigate through their service hours. For her direct work site, Kinley worked with LCCC’s Women’s Link office, where she updated client resource guides, marketed scholarships and helped organize events for the community.
 
In collaboration with her post at Women’s Link, Kinley completed various projects on personal development, including becoming an Ohio Benefit Banks Counselor, helped organize a community holiday party with LCCC’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and creating care packages for children at the day care center of Berea Children’s Home and Family Services.

In return for her 300 service hours, Kinley earned more than $1,000 to use for her education from the AmeriCorps Education Fund.
 
Her diligent work also earned her the impressive honor of the M3C Fellows Program National Inspirational Leadership Award for July/August 2011. Kinley was nominated for the award by Julia Provoznik, coordinator of AmeriCorps programs on the LCCC campus.
 
"From the very beginning of the program, Krystal showed courage, strength, and above all, persistence in making the world a better place," Provoznik said.
 
Kinley admits that the program was challenging at times – especially considering she balanced her service hours with a full load of college courses and part-time job at an assisted living facility. However, she said, the extra effort made her service even more rewarding.

"I was excited and surprised to earn the Inspirational Leadership award," Kinley said. "It showed me that all my hard work has made a difference and can hopefully inspire others to go out and do the same."

Kinley is not only proud of the how her work affected others, but she is also proud of how her service affected her own life.
 
"I wanted to build my resume and also make a difference in my community. When I applied, I did not realize the positive impact the program would have on me," Kinley said. "This program has taught me the difference between being able to talk about our social injustices and actually getting things done."

For more information, visit www.lorainccc.edu/servicelearning or contact Provoznik at (440) 366-4104 or jprovozn@lorainccc.edu.
 

LCCC AmeriCorps Program Inspires Student to Get Involved

{mosimage}The AmeriCorps program at LCCC is giving Krystal Kinley the real world experience she needs and an opportunity to build a network of contacts in the social services field. 

Last year, Krystal Kinley struggled to find a job in social services.
 
"After several interviews, I was told it wasn’t my personality or education holding me back, but the fact that I didn’t have any direct experience," Kinley, 23, recalled.
 
That’s when she came across an ad for a part-time AmeriCorps program at Lorain County Community College.

{mosimage}The program offered real world experience and the opportunity to build a network of contacts in the social services field. Kinley, who lives in Grafton and is working on a bachelor’s degree in social work through LCCC’s University Partnership program with Youngstown State University, eagerly applied. She was accepted as a mentor in AmeriCorps’ M3C Fellows program and quickly began work to rack up the required 300 hours of service in the 2010-2011 academic year.
 
As a mentor, she helped three other AmeriCorps volunteers navigate through their service hours. For her direct work site, Kinley worked with LCCC’s Women’s Link office, where she updated client resource guides, marketed scholarships and helped organize events for the community.
 
In collaboration with her post at Women’s Link, Kinley completed various projects on personal development, including becoming an Ohio Benefit Banks Counselor, helped organize a community holiday party with LCCC’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and creating care packages for children at the day care center of Berea Children’s Home and Family Services.

In return for her 300 service hours, Kinley earned more than $1,000 to use for her education from the AmeriCorps Education Fund.
 
Her diligent work also earned her the impressive honor of the M3C Fellows Program National Inspirational Leadership Award for July/August 2011. Kinley was nominated for the award by Julia Provoznik, coordinator of AmeriCorps programs on the LCCC campus.
 
"From the very beginning of the program, Krystal showed courage, strength, and above all, persistence in making the world a better place," Provoznik said.
 
Kinley admits that the program was challenging at times – especially considering she balanced her service hours with a full load of college courses and part-time job at an assisted living facility. However, she said, the extra effort made her service even more rewarding.

"I was excited and surprised to earn the Inspirational Leadership award," Kinley said. "It showed me that all my hard work has made a difference and can hopefully inspire others to go out and do the same."

Kinley is not only proud of the how her work affected others, but she is also proud of how her service affected her own life.
 
"I wanted to build my resume and also make a difference in my community. When I applied, I did not realize the positive impact the program would have on me," Kinley said. "This program has taught me the difference between being able to talk about our social injustices and actually getting things done."

For more information, visit www.lorainccc.edu/servicelearning or contact Provoznik at (440) 366-4104 or jprovozn@lorainccc.edu.
 

LCCC AmeriCorps Program Inspires Student to Get Involved

{mosimage}The AmeriCorps program at LCCC is giving Krystal Kinley the real world experience she needs and an opportunity to build a network of contacts in the social services field. 

Last year, Krystal Kinley struggled to find a job in social services.
 
"After several interviews, I was told it wasn’t my personality or education holding me back, but the fact that I didn’t have any direct experience," Kinley, 23, recalled.
 
That’s when she came across an ad for a part-time AmeriCorps program at Lorain County Community College.

{mosimage}The program offered real world experience and the opportunity to build a network of contacts in the social services field. Kinley, who lives in Grafton and is working on a bachelor’s degree in social work through LCCC’s University Partnership program with Youngstown State University, eagerly applied. She was accepted as a mentor in AmeriCorps’ M3C Fellows program and quickly began work to rack up the required 300 hours of service in the 2010-2011 academic year.
 
As a mentor, she helped three other AmeriCorps volunteers navigate through their service hours. For her direct work site, Kinley worked with LCCC’s Women’s Link office, where she updated client resource guides, marketed scholarships and helped organize events for the community.
 
In collaboration with her post at Women’s Link, Kinley completed various projects on personal development, including becoming an Ohio Benefit Banks Counselor, helped organize a community holiday party with LCCC’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and creating care packages for children at the day care center of Berea Children’s Home and Family Services.

In return for her 300 service hours, Kinley earned more than $1,000 to use for her education from the AmeriCorps Education Fund.
 
Her diligent work also earned her the impressive honor of the M3C Fellows Program National Inspirational Leadership Award for July/August 2011. Kinley was nominated for the award by Julia Provoznik, coordinator of AmeriCorps programs on the LCCC campus.
 
"From the very beginning of the program, Krystal showed courage, strength, and above all, persistence in making the world a better place," Provoznik said.
 
Kinley admits that the program was challenging at times – especially considering she balanced her service hours with a full load of college courses and part-time job at an assisted living facility. However, she said, the extra effort made her service even more rewarding.

"I was excited and surprised to earn the Inspirational Leadership award," Kinley said. "It showed me that all my hard work has made a difference and can hopefully inspire others to go out and do the same."

Kinley is not only proud of the how her work affected others, but she is also proud of how her service affected her own life.
 
"I wanted to build my resume and also make a difference in my community. When I applied, I did not realize the positive impact the program would have on me," Kinley said. "This program has taught me the difference between being able to talk about our social injustices and actually getting things done."

For more information, visit www.lorainccc.edu/servicelearning or contact Provoznik at (440) 366-4104 or jprovozn@lorainccc.edu.
 

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