The AmeriCorps alumni network is focused on employment and job openings, maybe reunions, but I like how the Idealist Network is fulfilling more of a need. Now that you've been trained in capacity building, what do you do with all that? You become a Connector.
AmeriCorps is about service to the community and so is Idealist. I think we have a generation that has grown up with a good amount of exposure to inequality and need. As a result, I think there has been a bit of a call to action on college campuses about doing something to better our world. AmeriCorps capitalizes on that call by offering opportunities to be involved. Idealist does the same thing.
I think it absolutely makes sense for AmeriCorps members to join the Connector movement. Many AmeriCorps projects rely on input, investment, and manpower from the community they serve, meaning that AmeriCorps members are already doing everything a Connector does (like bringing together people, organizations, and resources to achieve a common goal).
Signing up as a Connector is just another great tool for AmeriCorps volunteers to use to contact and organize community members. The challenge lies in making AmeriCorps members aware of Idealist and the Connector movement, and letting them know how easy and valuable it is to become a Connector.
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