Featured Peacebuilding Group: AmeriCorps

This week’s Featured Peacebuilding Group is AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.

For young people just out of  high school or college, AmeriCorps is an ideal form of alternative service, kind of like a domestic Peace Corps.  One of my son’s friends who graduated with him from the University of Maryland is current teaching chemistry in a high school in Arkansas (Samantha Schweickhardt) before she heads to medical school.

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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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