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This AmeriCorps Life

This AmeriCorps Life

By Arizona Serve
A new podcast by members, for members: past, present, and future.

Arizona Serves Communications Team hosts this authentic look at what it means to be an Arizona Serve AmeriCorps members in both Yavapai and Pima County.
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2 BRAIDS FOR 1 YEAR

This AmeriCorps Life

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COMMITTEES FOR CHANGE
On this week's episode of This AmeriCorps Life, our host Madison Link sat down with two VISTAs to discuss their action committees to learn about the impact on their service on their communities. Each guest brought their own experiences to the table. Milan Abbi, Yavapai County Community Health Services' opioid harm reduction coordinator discussed his awareness work and medication assisted treatment, while Joelle Zuberi discussed her work serving with United Way and her newly founded equity and inclusion committee. If you would like to learn more about United Way of Yavapai County, check out their website here. https://www.yavapaiunited.org/ On the other hand, if you would like to learn more about Yavapai County Community Health Services, you should check out their website here. https://www.yavapai.us/chs
36:13
February 3, 2021
AMBASSADORS FOR CHANGE
On this week's episode, our host Madison Link sat down with Katie Kwiatkowski an AmeriCorps State Member serving with People Who Care to discuss her experiences with the student ambassador program and the opportunities she has enjoyed thanks to her service. Anyone interested in volunteering with People Who Care can find more information here https://peoplewhocareaz.com/
27:17
February 3, 2021
TIS THE SEASON (CITRUS SEASON)
AmeriCorps State member Allison Doty serves with Iskashitaa Refugee Network as the Harvesting Coordinator.  She sits down with host Sarah Haber and discusses how her studies at the University of Arizona in Anthropology has helped her in this new role. Iskashitaa Refugee Network in a nonprofit here in Tucson that combines Refugee Relief with food harvesting.  Anyone interested in volunteering with Iskashitaa this citrus season you can find more information at https://www.iskashitaa.org/about-us/. 
20:35
December 22, 2020
DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
Kevin Vo is our AmeriCorps State member serving with Boys To Men Tucson as the Teenage Boy Circle Support Coordinator. Vo sits down with host Sarah Haber t discuss how serving with Boys To Men has helped Kevin gain skills in having difficult conversations and how that can be used in his future endeavors in the medical field.  https://www.btmtucson.com/
30:59
December 14, 2020
SERVICE AROUND THE WORLD
On this week's episode of the podcast, Madison Link the AmeriCorps state team leader sat down with Tyler Mathews and Sidney Hoshko, former PeaceCorps volunteers, to discuss the differences between serving domestically and abroad. Mathews currently serves as a VISTA for Boys to Men while Hoshko serves as a VISTA for Yavapai County Community Health Services. 
22:50
November 30, 2020
THROUGH THEIR EYES
AmeriCorps VISTA Barbara Moss serving with Yavapai CASA For Kids Foundation as the Funds Development Specialist sat down with our new host AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader Madison Link to discuss the ground breaking webinar series and events happening in Prescott Arizona! Moss reflects on the "Through Our Eyes" webinar series where CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) came in and share their experiences and also discusses the annual Costume For Kids 5k event happening Sunday October 25th virtually!  You can register for the 5k here:  https://yavapaicasaforkids.org/costumes-for-kids-annual-5k/ For more information on Yavapai CASA For Kids Foundation you can search here: https://yavapaicasaforkids.org/
19:38
October 22, 2020
TUCSON CLIMATE CHATS
AmeriCorps VISTA Nick sits down with soon to be AmeriCorps State Team Leader Zach and Communications Program Manager Sarah to chat about his service with Changemaker High School as the Sustainability Coordinator. Navigating month 1 of service in these COVID times, Nick has kicked off his new podcast series "Tucson Climate Chats" to highlight the work of local Tucson organizations.  You can find his podcast here: https://anchor.fm/tucson-climate-chats  
31:02
August 21, 2020
GROWTH SPACE
Zach Simmons sits down with host Sarah Haber via zoom for another live podcast! Simmons will be joining the Arizona Serve team September 1st filling the role as the AmeriCorps State Team Leader. Simmons is no stranger to service, he served as an AmeriCorps City Year volunteer in New Orleans and then went on to serve as a PeaceCoprs volunteer in a small county in South East Asia. With his previous teaching experience in service, Simmons will be leading our Tucson AmeriCorps State team this year and will be the driving force behind cultivating  and cohesive cohort. Looking forward to you joining our team! 
32:09
July 29, 2020
OPPOSITE SIDES OF SERVICE
AmeriCorps VISTA Prescott Team Leader Emily Carey sits down with AmeriCorps VISTA Sean Stevens and Monique LaFlamme who serve at the Prescott Unified School District as the Attendance Success Coordinator. Stevens is coming to the tail end if his service and LaFlamme is just beginning! Hear what insight they have to share as members that are exiting and entering into service and what plans Stevens has moving forward and what LaFlamme hopes to see for this year!
22:41
July 15, 2020
2 BRAIDS FOR 1 YEAR
AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader Emily Carey sits down with AmeriCorps Alaska alum Lorna Rose based in Alaska! The 2 talk about their experience serving as NCCC volunteers and this different approach to national service! 
26:16
July 7, 2020
WELCOME TO THE TEAM
Host Emily, AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader of our Prescott team sits down with our newest VISTA member Sidney. Sidney is a Returned PeaceCorps volunteer who served in the Ukraine. Now Sidney has just begun to embark on an AmeriCorps VISTA term serving for the Yavapai County Community Health Services as the Exceptional Child Care Coordinator. Welcome Sidney, and good luck!  
29:18
May 29, 2020
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE: GSS REFLECTION
Chelsea Forer, our AmeriCorps Community Schools member is back! Forer and host Sarah Haber sit down with the founder and Principal of Changemaker High School Luis Perales to reflect of the Guest Speaker Series training on The School To Prison Pipeline. Perales shares his experience as an educator and the importance of going above and beyond for our students. 
52:37
May 18, 2020
THE MOTHERLODE
Happy Mother's Day to all! On this special episode of This AmeriCorps Life host Sarah Haber sits don with here mommy, Nicole Doliner. Nicole served as a PeaceCorps volunteer from 1983-1985 in Kenya. Hear her perspective on all different kinds of service as well as the perspective of a parent reflecting on their child serving as an AmeriCorps Volunteer!! 
33:23
May 10, 2020
FOOD AS MEDICINE LIVE
AmeriCorps VISTA Sue Kim serving as the Diabetes Care Coordinator at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona & El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center joins host Sarah Haber for the second ever This AmeriCorps Life LIVE. Sue discusses her experience relocating to Tucson from New Jersey to help coordinate food distributions in the Tucson community. 
26:29
April 29, 2020
SPROUT INTO SERVICE
AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader Emily Carey sits down with AmeriCorps VISTA Paul Rizik serving as the Farm to School Coordinator for the Prescott Unified School District and discuss how to educate students on healthy fruits an vegetables.  
29:43
April 20, 2020
HERE'S THE SCOOP ON THE DIAPER BANK LIVE!
We are LIVE! On this special episode of This AmeriCorps Life, host Sarah Haber sits down with AmeriCorps VISTA Emily Parker serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona. Parker shares her experience serving for the first ever Diaper Bank in the nation and  answers questions on how to navigate your VISTA year on the VISTA budget! Special thank you to our guests for joined us!  
37:35
April 20, 2020
SOME GOOD 40 HOURS
AmeriCorps VISTA Prescott Team Leader Emily Caret chats with AmeriCorps VISTA Kirsten Slora serving at the Yavapai County Community Health Service as the Exceptional Health Care Coordinator. Slora has being coordinating the Yavapai Special Needs Support Group *Virtal* Event. This will entail a panel discussion with special education professional in Yavapai County. Hear about how just coordinating this wonderful event! http://www.yavapai.us/chs 
26:01
April 10, 2020
4 GENERATIONS OF LEADERS
Due to the current state of affairs, This AmeriCorps Life, is going ZOOM! Hosts Sarah Haber and  Emily Carey sit down (from a distance) with Annie Reifsnyder, Training and Program Manager of Arizona Serve and Kelley Villa of Pinnacle Prevention. All 4 served as the VISTA Team Leader in Prescott. Hear about the perspective of a team leader role from 4 different generations as well as what our AmeriCorps program is doing in response to COVID- 19.  http://www.pinnacleprevention.org/
48:25
April 3, 2020
MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM
Sounds like we've got a new host on board! AmeriCorps Community Schools Team Leader Nadia Nichols makes her hosting debut. Nichols sits down with AmeriCorps Community Schools member Pamela Salen who serves at El Rio as their Mindfulness Coordinator. Hear how she brings mindfulness practices into the classroom and relax as Salen facilitates a mindfulness practice in this episode! 
16:43
March 13, 2020
IT TAKES TWO: DEDICATING A YEAR TO HARM REDUCTION
AmeriCorp VISTA Team Leader Emily Carey sits down with AmeriCrops VISTA's Grace Sinsisalo and Alexa Melena. Sinsisalo serves with the Yavapai County Health Department and the Opioid Harm Reduction Coordinator. Melena serves with Sonoran Prevention Works as the Overdose Prevention Coordinator. Hear about their work to address the opioid epidemic in Yavapai County from two differenct angels and approaches! 
31:17
March 11, 2020
MLK: MENTORING LITTLE KIDS
Curious as to what our Tucson Team did on MLK Day? AmeriCorps member Max Serventi and AmeriCorps Community School member Chelsea Forer both presented workshops for our MLK Day celebration about the power vulnerability in our service.  Serventi is a STEM Coach out of the AmeriCorps program at the University of Arizona where he helps mentor students in the STEM field. Forer is apart of the Community School Initiative serving at Palo Verde Magnet School working with students to prep them for success. 
35:44
March 9, 2020
SARAH WITH AN H
AmeriCorps VISTA Sarah Banta serving as the Quality Improvement and Practice Transition Coordinator at Banner Health of the University of Arizona's Department of Family and Community Medicine sits down with host Sarah Haber. Hear how Banta serves in the realm of medicine and data collection to help improve systems and practices at the clinic . For more information feel free to visit: https://www.fcm.arizona.edu/
17:13
February 25, 2020
FRUIT FOR THOUGHT
AmeriCorps State members Nolan Rose and Jessy Forelli sit down with host, Sarah Haber and chat about their service with refugee relief. Rose serves as the Refugee Program Associate at Iskahitaa Refugee Network, combing food preservation with refugee relief. Forelli serves as the SOT Program Support Associate for International Rescue Committee. To find out more information on their work, visit https://www.iskashitaa.org/ and https://www.rescue.org/united-states/tucson-az. 
26:23
February 11, 2020
WHO'S THAT INTRO GUY?
Curious as to who the man behind the intro is? AmeriCorps VISTA Emily Carey sits down with Rich Ormond, Director of Career Service at Prescott College.  Hear about his work with Prescott College as well as his experience in National Service as a PeaceCorps volunteer. 
19:18
January 28, 2020
I STILL HAVE A DREAM
AmeriCorps VISTA Prescott Team Leader Emily Carey sits down with community member Kendra Hobbs with the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Justice Committee.  Tune in to hear all of their hard work that they've done to put together this years Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service celebration held on Monday January 20th 2020.  Interested in in signing up to volunteer? You can sign up here! https://signup.com/go/YxurZWS
26:20
January 14, 2020
NEVER A TYPICAL DAY
Listen to the creative tactics AmeriCorps VISTA, Kelsey Weed is implementing to tackle the opioid epidemic as the Integrated Care Program Specialist from La Frontera's Hope Center.
19:57
December 31, 2019
STEPS TO HELPING YOUR COMMUNITY
AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader Emily Carey sit down with Jesus Gutierrez, volunteer coordinator of Stepping Stones Agency. Stepping Stones is dedicated to ending intimate violence in all forms and promoting individual self-sufficiency, personal growth, self-worth and resiliency in the adults and children that we are committed to serve. They also partner with Arizona Serve for Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.   If anyone is interested in serving with Arizona Serve on MLK Day you can sign up here: https://signup.com/go/YxurZWS
19:59
December 10, 2019
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?
We are here in Tucson!! Sarah Haber sits down with AmeriCorps VISTA, Brieanna Chillious serving with Make Way For Books Foundation as their Digital Division Specialist.  Hear about their incredible work with early literacy initiatives here in Tucson! Have any questions? You can reach Breianna at brieanna@makewayforbooks.org. Find out more information on Arizona Serve at our website: http://arizonaserve.org/ Interested in the Make Way For Books App? Find out more here: https://makewayforbooks.org/app/
29:50
December 3, 2019
A PATH TO SERVICE
Arizona Serve's AmeriCorps VISTA Prescott Team Leader, Emily Carey sits down with VISTA alum, Molly Peterson. Molly served with Prevent Child Abuse Arizona as their Fund Development Assistant. Check out how her path led her to service!
21:19
November 21, 2019
LOST EPISODE
Check out this lost episode that was made this past summer up in Prescott. We chatted with our VISTA member serving with Yavapai CASA 4 Kids Foundation, Katie Retwaiut. Just in time for their annual Costumes 4 Kids 5k event happening Sunday October 27th!
27:13
November 21, 2019
A HIDDEN GEM IN PRESCOTT
In this latest episode, Sarah Haber sits down with 2 gentlemen who really rock. Eric Welsh and Giovanni Hernandez of GEM Environmental, a community partner of Arizona Serve, discuss the great geological field work opportunities at their organization.
33:27
November 21, 2019
I KNOW ABOUT THAT AMERICORPS LIFE (MLK SPECIAL EPISODE)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up Monday, January 21st 2019. Sarah Haber sits down with AmeriCorps alum Brittini Ward to discuss the big plans for the special day as well as Brittini's experience as an AmeriCorps member.
22:18
November 21, 2019
THE ART OF PERSUASION
Sarah Haber sits down with AmeriCorps VISTA Mona Stephens of Yavapai CASA For Kids Foundation where they discuss how to better market yourself.
22:50
November 21, 2019
MISSING THOSE NEW YORK BAGELS
Sarah Haber sits down with AmeriCorps VISTA Lacey Carlock serving with the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation as they discuss what it's like leaving New York and coming to Arizona.
29:45
November 21, 2019
IT’S PRONOUNCED TWO-SAN NOT TUC-SUN
Renee App the Tucson VISTA Team Leader visits Prescott and discusses life as a leader for our Arizona Serve Team!
26:21
November 21, 2019
SEXUAL VIOLENCE AWARENESS: COMMUNITY FRAMEWORK, BOYS TO MEN
Sarah Haber sits down with AmeriCorps VISTA Jordan Thompson of Boys To Men Mentoring to discuss the Prescott Sexual Violence Awareness Conference which Jordan was the driving force behind. The Conference will be Saturday, November 10th from 12pm-7pm at the Adult Center of Prescott.
24:13
November 21, 2019
TALKING THROUGH TIN CANS
Sarah Haber, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, hosts this authentic look at what it means to be an Arizona Serve AmeriCorps member in both Yavapai and Pima County.
25:37
November 21, 2019