Michigan AmeriCorps members are “getting things done” for Michigan 4-H
AmeriCorps members serving with MSU Extension’s 4-H STEAM Corps program are making a positive impact on youth and communities throughout the state.
As people across the country celebrate AmeriCorps Week, March 8-14, Michigan State University Extension salutes the national service members serving within our own organization. Seventeen AmeriCorps members with 4-H STEAM Corps are dedicating their time to grow youth participation and interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) and improving the lives of Michigan youth.
AmeriCorps is a national service program in which members pledge to “get things done for America” by providing intensive, results-driven service to individuals and communities in need. Members serve full- or part-time and in exchange for their service, receive a modest living stipend and an education award. More than any monetary compensation, members serve because they want to give back to their communities and make a difference in the lives of those in need.
The Michigan’s AmeriCorps members serving with 4-H STEAM Corps are impacting the lives of many Michigan 4-H members as they recruit volunteers and youth to participate in hands-on, educational programs in the STEAM areas.
“Currently there is a lack of hands-on and engaging programming for students around the STEAM subjects,” said Rachel Puckett, MSU Extension’s 4-H STEAM Corps program manager. “4-H STEAM Corps members develop new and enhance existing programs that help grow young people’s interest in the sciences and encourage them to pursue STEAM-related careers.”
Scattered throughout Michigan, AmeriCorps members “getting things done” with 4-H STEAM Corps include:
- Kay Anderson, Oscoda County
- Jalen Bell, Ingham County
- Bershar Chapman, Wayne County
- Brandy DeBarr, Kalkaska County
- Lance Fowler, Bay County
- Ashley Freed, Luce County
- Marquetta Frost, Calhoun County
- Carol Horne, Alger County
- Mary Lee Humphreys, Isabella County
- Missy LeFever, Arenac County
- Erin Lilly, Kent County
- Desi Mims, Marquette County
- Annette Murray, Roscommon County
- Rachel Ochylski, Eaton County
- Makaila Pray, Iosco County
- Mary Riley-Walraven, Genesee County
- Martina Valdez, Shiawassee County
Michigan 4-H and MSU Extension are grateful to these members for their service and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of Michigan youth. Visit the Michigan 4-H STEAM Corps website to learn more about 4-H STEAM Corps, including about becoming an AmeriCorps member with the program.