Celebrating Our AmeriCorps Graduates

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On Tuesday, June 24, The Children’s Aid Society celebrated the AmeriCorps members who have completed their terms at various schools throughout NY. These graduates have been essential with their work as assistant facilitators, outreach coordinators, and student success mentors helping both parents and students better navigate the school year.

After an inspirational speech by guest speaker Abe Fernandez, director of collective impact at Children’s Aid, members were invited to walk across the stage as program directors and staff applauded them for their accomplishments throughout the past year.

The graduate’s supervisors nominated members at their site who showed great initiative and embodied Children’s Aid ICREATE values. Trying to pick just one winner proved too difficult given the impressive pool of nominees. In the end, three graduates received Member of the Year Awards: Joel Marte, Nakeisha Vanterpool, and D’Arcy Hearn. Congratulations to the winners and all our nominees.

Later, host site directors received accolades for their hard work as well. AmeriCorps staff nominated those who inspired them with their commitment and dedication to the students and programs. P.S. 152’s supervisor, Merody Mejia, took home the title of AmeriCorps Supervisor of The Year. 

At the conclusion of the ceremony, a slideshow documented the year’s highlights while members and guests flocked to the AmeriCorps Photo Booth, where props made photo opps silly and fun.

Thanks to all our site supervisors, whose efforts and cooperation made the AmeriCorps program a critical success.

Finally, huge thanks go out to the AmeriCorps graduates. Their achievements and growth over the past term impressed all. In the future, they will go on to accomplish even greater things, and we hope that they will always look back fondly on the Children’s Aid AmeriCorps program.