Public Spirit June 2012

What you’ll find in this month’s edition

  • Upcoming Events Calendar
  • AmeriCorps Member Spotlight
  • Gardening Day Recap 
  • Project Homeless Connect Recap
  • After AmeriCorps Plans 

Upcoming Events Calendar

Wednesday June 13th, 2012 4PM-6:30PM

Resume Workshop

Resume presentation will be an interactive format and will give equal time to resumes and cover letters before allowing the last 45 minutes for Q&A. Tamra is a seasoned Human Resources professional with more than 15 years of experience leading trainings on resume and cover letter writing.

Please bring copies of your updated resume to the event.Register Here!International Institute of Minnesota
1694 Como Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108


Career Fair

Wednesday June 20th, 2012 3-5PM

The “Looking Forward, Moving Forward” Career Fair is an opportunity for AmeriCorps members to explore, network and learn more about the possible career and volunteer opportunities after they have finished their year of service.  Non-profits, government agencies, graduate schools and for profit organizations will all be in attendance to answer your questions, discuss career options and help you take your next step forward after AmeriCorps.  Many of the organizations in attendance will have job openings!

Bring your resume and dress professionally as you might just find your future job here!

International Institute of Minnesota
1694 Como Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight

Tasha Hanson, True North AmeriCorps

By Riley Lindberg

When she is not playing with her dog or hanging out at the lake, Tasha Hanson can be found either working out or serving at her service site, the Duluth area family YMCA. Tasha originally moved to Duluth from East Grand Forks, Minnesota to attend the College of St. Scholastica, and she began working at the Duluth YMCA two years ago. While working at the Duluth YMCA, she says an AmeriCorps position found her.

“I worked in Kids Club at the Duluth Y and my supervisor also supervises an AmeriCorps member. She sent out an email with the position description which was to supervise a site-based mentoring program called YStyle. I had actually volunteered with the YStyle program months before and I loved the program. So I applied and got the position.”

Tasha now serves at the Duluth YMCA through True North AmeriCorps, which focuses on putting positive adult role models into the lives of at risk youth. True North AmeriCorps members work to support on time graduation and ensure that youth are prepared for academic, civic, and economic success.

Tasha spends two days per week with the YStyle program, which is a fitness and mentorship program where youth are matched with a mentor and meet one on one for two hours each week. Half of the time with the mentor is spent training for an indoor triathlon or 5k race, and the other half is spent working on homework or academic enrichment materials. Tasha spends the rest of her time coordinating and supervising the Generation Center, which is an after school hangout at the Duluth YMCA for kids and teens ages 7-18.

Though she stays busy with her responsibilities, Tasha has enjoyed her service with AmeriCorps.

“AmeriCorps has been absolutely awesome! I have learned so much and will take so many skills with me for the rest of my life. I have been challenged in so many ways. I have also learned so much about the population and culture of Duluth. I can honestly say I have changed lives and I can honestly say that my life has changed because of this past year of serving.”

For more information about True North AmeriCorps visit

Gardening Day Recap

by Hannah Tutt

On Friday a group of five volunteers met at the Lyndale Peace Gardens to help them get ready for spring! We packed dozens of fresh tulip bulbs for their first annual tulip sale fundraiser (which happened on Saturday), and we also weeded a variety of smaller gardens and planted new flowers which will be blooming in a few weeks.

We ended the day with a walk by the lake and a picnic at the Lake Harriet band shell area.

Project Homeless Connect Recap

By Kelly Bresin

On May 14th the 13th Project Homeless Connect covered over 160,000 square feet of the Convention Center downtown Minneapolis. The event had over 125 different agencies providing resources to homeless individuals and families. These services ranged from health care, dental and eye care, employment and housing.

Project Homeless Connect is a very rewarding experience for volunteers. You get to work one-on-one with families and individuals who get great benefit out of the day. I personally helped a veteran who has been homeless 4 years get on food support and I also brought him to veteran services where he made a number of connects to hopefully get out of his shelter and into a housing facility.

You can be a part of the next Homeless Connections event on December 10th. Please visit their website to learn more about volunteering for their 14th project.


After AmeriCorps Plans

By Todd From CTEP AmeriCorps

Following a year of computer talk and tech jargon serving with the Community Technology Empowerment Project, I assumed my post-AmeriCorps plans for law school would be a shift away from the world of cyberspace and connectivity. Apparently, escaping the tech world’s orbit wasn’t that easy. I will still be heading to law school in the fall – but I will be doing so at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law, a school most well-known for its prowess in intellectual property and its integration of modern technology into legal education.

While I am still trying to process exactly what direction I want to pursue in law (in addition to scrambling to find a place to live in Chicago and how I will deal with the black hole of debt I am about to undertake), it would seem that new technologies will be involved in at least some way. It’s not a bad step considering I had little to no idea what I was doing when I started teaching digital literacy classes last September. Maybe the next time Mark Zuckerberg gets sued, I’ll be able to take credit for it.