By Colinee McCann, AmeriCorps Member |

colinneHi, my name is Colinne McCann. I am an Iowa Department of Public Health Youth Mentoring AmeriCorps Member, and, for the next six months, I will be serving with Helping Services for Northeast Iowa. I will be working firsthand with the youth mentoring program. My time of service will involve building capacity, recruiting mentors, creating a sustainability plan, and working with substance abuse prevention.

In the spring of 2015, I completed an internship for my BA in social work with Helping Services’ mentoring program. I am thrilled to be coming back to the Helping Services family! I have a nine-year-old daughter, and we are very excited to be starting this new journey with IDPH, AmeriCorps, and Helping Services for Northeast Iowa.

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems, while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1.2 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

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