Over the years, hundreds of inspiring people have served as AmeriCorps members with Youth Volunteer Corps, enabling thousands of youth to discover the joy of serving. We want to recognize our current AmeriCorps members for the incredible work they’re doing every day, so we give out a quarterly award honoring an outstanding YVC AmeriCorps member each season.
Simone Guidry is serving as a half-time AmeriCorps member with YVC of Baton Rouge, LA, hosted by Capital Area United Way. She’s partnering with fellow AmeriCorps member Emerald Roney and together they’re leading YVC of Baton Rouge to its best year yet.
Meet Simone and hear about the impact she is having as a YVC AmeriCorps member:
What is your favorite part about your YVC AmeriCorps service?
YVC AmeriCorps has given me an opportunity to amplify my passion for service. I love teaching youth the importance of their time volunteering or sharing how we helped address a community need on a project with my family and friends. Service has always been a huge part of my life. Even from a young age, I held the belief that I had the ability to make a difference and that it was my duty to help those in need. AmeriCorps allows me to serve in a greater capacity than I was able to before.
How have you grown from your YVC AmeriCorps service?
I have grown both professionally and personally as an AmeriCorps member. Working for Capital Area United Way and YVC has given me new exposure and insight. I have been able to enhance my understanding of the issues in my community, such as the underlying struggles of a working household or the down-the-line effect the lack of books in a low-income household might have on a developing child. If anything, serving on YVC projects has personally made me more grateful and acts as a constant reminder to stay grounded. Professionally, I have been able to enhance my network, work on communicating effectively, and learn the ins and outs of a nonprofit.
What are you most looking forward to in this year’s YVC summer program?
I recognized the potential we had as a program my first few days as an AmeriCorps Summer Team Leader last May. We were at a position of rebuilding our program after a stagnant year without a staff member. Over the past year, it has been a steady process, but I have seen tremendous growth in many aspects of our program. We are growing in number, we are growing in partner agencies, and we growing in retaining our volunteers. It’s just really wonderful to see momentum with our YVC.
We set a goal of serving 2,000 hours this summer, and I truly believe with this momentum we can reach those goals. We are serving with 18 agencies on over 68 projects. I feel that we’re now in stride with our potential. I am excited for the impact we will make this summer in the community of Baton Rouge.
Thank you, Simone, for your service to youth and the community! The world is a brighter place because of the impact you’re having.
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