Cheyenne Bishop of Vandalia, Mo., is one of 160 men and women pledging to perform 10 months of national service as part of the Atlantic Region’s 18th Class of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.
As a Corps Member, Bishop will spend 10 months getting things done for America to strengthen communities and develop her leadership abilities. Bishop and her team will work on a variety of projects including environmental conservation, infrastructure improvement, urban and rural development, energy conservation and disaster relief. She may work alongside such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross and The Nature Conservancy.
When asked how she first heard about NCCC, Bishop says, “I was looking for service opportunities online when I stumbled upon a link on the Habitat for Humanity’s website for NCCC.”
After her 10 month stint, Bishop will graduate from NCCC on November 15, 2012 with an education award of $5,550, which can be used to continue education or pay back student loans.
“I believe my purpose in life is to serve others and to improve the lives of the people around me and this program seemed to be the perfect fit for me,” says Bishop about service.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, Corps Members – all 18 to 24 years old – work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. The Atlantic Region campus in Perry Point is one of five regional hubs in the United States and serves fourteen states in the northeast part of the country. The other campuses are located in Denver, Colorado, Sacramento, California, Vicksburg, Mississippi and Vinton, Iowa. In exchange for their service, Corps Members receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc or read more at ncccblog.americorps.gov.