Why I Joined Youth Achievement AmeriCorps

March 29, 2017 | United Way Team

Youth Achievement AmeriCorps (YAA) members provide support to low-income children and families through early literacy programs, tutoring reading and math, STEM engagement, and so much more!

We asked our current AmeriCorps members, "Why did you join Youth Achievement AmeriCorps?"

Tommy Govert

"The opportunity to work in education in a new community. I stayed with AmeriCorps because I found the most hardworking, tenacious, and caring people to work with every day. AmeriCorps members are the best people!" Tommy Govert


Letravious Holley

"Because I wanted to do something different. I was going to school, working in restaurants, and switching between full- and part-time jobs. I felt very unhappy and needed a change. I wanted to be involved in  education for my career. After the semester, I told my mom I needed a break from school. She supported my decision and suggested AmeriCorps. I ended up in Cedar Rapids doing something I really enjoyed." Letravious Holley

 Brian Flanagan

"To stand in the gap and make a difference to children who fall behind and through our country's educational cracks." Brian Flanagan


Esmeralda Anguiano"I've always had a passion for working with children. The work we do is unique; not only do we help children improve academically, but by listening and interacting with children, they improve emotionally and socially, as well. The relationships I have built while working with AmeriCorps will last me a lifetime." Esmeralda Anguiano


Karyn Klimes "I wanted to make an impact in my community while still going to school. I love working with children and helping them reach their full potential, especially in regards to education! AmeriCorps gives me the skills outside of a traditional classroom setting to grow in my life professionally and personally." Karyn Klimes


David Trudell

"I had just graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Cinema. Though a career in screenwriting wasn't the next thing to fall in my lap, the passion was still there. After hearing about what Americorps had to offer, it seemed like the perfect way to spark similar passions in kids who may not have previously had that opportunity." David Trudell


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