AmeriCorps Week, a celebration of all things AmeriCorps is March 11-17. Each day, we’re highlighting the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps alumni that have served at various public health-focused nonprofits and government organizations across Northeast Florida since 2004.
The Coalition has supported NHC Florida since its inception and has handled the administrative and fiscal responsibilities of the program since August 2013. NHC Florida alumni continue to successfully grow out of a year of service into careers that both meet their professional goals and personally give back to the community.
Alumna: Kylie Repasy
Service Term: 2014-2015
Host Site: YMCA of Florida’s First Coast
Kylie’s service year with the National Health Corps Florida allowed her to participate in substantive service, while getting important support as a young professional. Serving in AmeriCorps taught her the importance of a systems-level perspective when addressing community health and the value of strategic collaboration in order to amplify impact and scope. Serving at the YMCA gave her skills that she practices in her current career and a personal passion for work that is “purposeful and solutions-oriented.”
Her host site hired her after she finished her term, where she managed one of their after-school programs. After a year, she left to pursue her Master of Public Health with a focus on public health policy at Columbia University. While enrolled in the program, she has worked with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Columbia University and Harlem Children’s Zone.
AmeriCorps has taught her, in her career, to constantly look for stakeholders that can help “get things done.” When she graduates from the program, she hopes to find a career where she can inform appropriate, evidence-based policies that will enable and support programs that enhance community health.