Local heroes serve in AmeriCorps NCCC

Ahmad Malik Johnson of Houston and Taylor Torry of Missouri City, Texas recently began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program. Johnson and Torry, based out of the AmeriCorps regional campus in Sacramento, Calif., were formally inducted into the program on November 8, 2012.

As a Corps Member, Johnson will be responsible for completing a series of six- to eight-week-long service projects as part of a 10- to 12-person team. As a Team Leader, Torry will supervise and manage a team while on their service projects. She began her term of service with an additional month of training in September. Their first service projects will end in mid-December, at which time the teams will break for the winter holidays and begin a new project in a new location in January.

Torry attended Elkins High School before going to Texas A&M University and studying Economics. Torry said, “I felt that it was time for me to give back to the country. AmeriCorps NCCC allowed me the opportunity to experience new places and learn new things.”

AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Fifty-six teams composed of over 600 Corps Members and Team Leaders began service projects in November throughout the Pacific and Southwest regions, based in Sacramento in Denver respectively. There are three additional NCCC campuses located in Perry Point, Md., Vinton, Iowa, and Vicksburg, Miss., each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country.

AmeriCorps NCCC members, all 18 to 24 years old, complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program.  In exchange for their service, they receive $5,550 to help pay for college.  Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, team building skills, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, they can indeed make a difference.  AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc.

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