The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa is hosting our 5th AmeriCorps Team through November 12, 2014. I have posted several times in the past about the role these exemplary youth play in cultural heritage and community engagement in Southwest Memphis. The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program is a ten month volunteer commitment for 18-24 year olds who assist in disaster relief and other areas of community service. The River 2 AmeriCorps NCCC Team we now host is an all women construction team based at the Southern Region campus in Vicksburg, MS. The Team is made up of one team leader and five corps members.
Team Leader Chassie Nix is from Amory, Mississippi. She has completed higher education coursework in political science with a desire to get into Mississippi politics in the future. She joined AmeriCorps to make a difference in the community and better understand the day-to-day life of people from diverse backgrounds.
Chelsea Crinson is from Sterling Heights, Michigan. She joined Americorps after feeling the pull to do more after participating in a 2013 project that helped with ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. She joined Americorps to continue what she loves. Chelsea is a pastry school graduate, but plans to further her passion for helping people by working for a non-profit after her November AmeriCorps graduation.
Katelyn Tharp is from Knoxville,Tennessee. She joined Americorps to gain new experiences, meet new people and see the south in a way she never had before. Katelyn is looking forward to starting at Aveda Institute Beauty School after the AmeriCorps program along with getting certified as a Zumba instructor.
Linda Nag is from Portland, Maine. She joined Americorps to help people in low income communities and to build her resume. Linda became a Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant during her previous term in Job Corps. After graduating from AmeriCorps Linda will continue her education by studying for a B.S. in Nursing.
Cindy Robertson is from Kings Mountain, North Carolina. She came to AmeriCorps to help in low income communities and be a role model for youth. Like Linda, Cindy is a Certified Nursing Assistant who plans to further her education by going to school for nursing after the AmeriCorps program.
Tatyana Samuel-Jefferson is from New York City, New York. She joined Americorps to devote her time to volunteer work, make a difference in children’s lives, and to travel and experience people and places she had never seen. Tatyana has an Associates Degree in Education. After her term with Americorps she plans to further her studies in education to become a school teacher.
During their six-week round in Southwest Memphis, the Team will complete a diverse set of projects. Already they have spent one-week refurbishing trails and buildings at the T.O. Fuller State Park. In the Walker Homes neighborhood they painted and landscaped the home of a disabled Vietnam-era veteran. At Chucalissa they completed work on a 30 square foot pergola and built a second rain shelter along our nature trail. For the next two weeks the team will work on refurbishing our hands-on archaeology lab.
The AmeriCorps NCCC motto of “We get things done” is true in many capacities. Chucalissa’s AmeriCorps Teams have proven a key component in our Museum’s ability to play a role in the Southwest Memphis community. In addition to hosting the Teams who contribute their work skills in a variety of community construction and renovation projects, the young men and women of AmeriCorps participate in volunteer, youth mentoring, and other service projects. Work with veterans organizations is of particular importance to team members. Not just in Memphis, but throughout the U.S., AmeriCorps NCCC Teams are increasingly taking part in cultural heritage projects.
For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC Teams visit their website.