Since May 27, we have been lucky to work with a crew of 19 enthusiastic and talented AmeriCorps volunteers at the Jackson Campus. They moved here for the summer from across the country to serve 450 field education hours each, as well as 20 hours of community service throughout the valley. Already they have contributed close to 4,000 hours to TSS! Their community projects have spanned everything from fence pulls for the Jackson Hole Wildlife Association to trail building for Friends of Pathways to tutoring sciences for the GED program (in Spanish, no less!)
As for their work with field education, we would not be able to run our programs without the AmeriCorps team. Many of them are involved with running outreach programs across Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Others are committed to the multiple day programs that run every day all summer, some inspiring souls specializing only in Kindergarten! AmeriCorps members are crucial to the success of multi-day backpacking trips, morning and evening programming on campus, hosting school groups, and helping to make the Jackson campus run smoothly throughout a very busy summer.
The feedback we’ve received from instructors and participants working with this amazing group of people has been overwhelming. To name a few: “Eric makes great connections with the participants which helps him have good insight to the groups’ needs.” “Jon is willing to take on any task and run with it.” “Flannery brings incredible excitement and positive energy to any group.” The rave reviews keep pouring in! We are excited to see what this crew will bring to our programs for the rest of the summer.
The summer AmeriCorps staff will be finishing their term of service on August 20th and heading out to either finish their undergraduate or graduate degrees, work on tall ships in the Puget Sound, start teaching middle school English, or remain in the valley to enjoy fall in the Tetons.