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Makeeda John, C'2016, Shares Her AmeriCorps Journey

April 2017

Makeeda JohnWhen Makeeda John, C'2016, graduated from Spelman, she planned to attend graduate school in Chicago and earn her master's degree in counseling. These plans were altered, and she decided to take a year before going into graduate school and instead joined AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).

AmeriCorps is a full-time, team-based residential service program for individuals ages 18-24. NCCC members serve in local communities in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service.

Makeeda was placed in the Pacific Region on an old Navy military base in Sacramento, California. Since her start, Makeeda has engaged in multiple community service activities such as removing endangered species, planting trees, working with children, building houses, disaster relief and volunteering at homeless shelters. Her involvement in the program has a profound effect on how she is changing the world through service.

"This program is a perfect fit for me because I love community service and I love traveling. Because of NCCC, I have the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. The opportunities are truly endless and that is what I appreciate the most about this program. From these ten months, I hope to gain a better sense of my God-given gifts and talents. I also hope to travel the Pacific Region and learn more about the issues and what can be fixed in the community. Lastly, I want to learn how to become a better me."