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.
Sarah has worn many hats since she completed the National Health Corps Florida – counselor, educator and most recently, Licensed Certified Social Worker. Sarah joined the National Health Corps Florida program because of her belief in the importance of national service programs strengthening communities – which helped shape her into the activist and advocate she is today.
AmeriCorps provided her with the opportunity to gain experience in providing direct services to a diverse population of folks, advocacy, collaboration, community organizing, community development and community programming and education. After her service term ended, Sarah worked as a counselor at a local high school and then transitioned into working at the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN), where she moved up the ladder from HIV tester/counselor, health education and program coordinator to assistant director of programs.
In 2014, Sarah returned to Boston to become a licensed social worker with a degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. While pursuing this degree, she worked for an AmeriCorps Math Fellows program and completed two clinical social work internships working with veterans. She began to work as a resident services coordinator at one of the places she previously interned with after graduating. She supervises interns and youth leaders in her role, showing them how to create and implement community programming and provide assistance to clients in the program in maintaining their tenancy. She also serves as a board member at Boston Young Nonprofits Professional Network, co-directing programs and events for the networking of young nonprofit professionals in the area.