DENVER – Ariana Brady, 23, of Richmondale, Mass. recently began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.
Brady, based out of the regional campus in Denver, is currently serving on her first project.
Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.
Over the past 23 years, over 1 million Americans have served the nation through the family of AmeriCorps programs.
Currently, about 80,000 people serve in AmeriCorps programs nationwide each year, with about 2,000 of those in AmeriCorps NCCC.
Brady arrived in Denver in mid-October to begin training. This training emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, safety, and project preparation.
As a Corps Member, Brady will be responsible for completing a series of six- to 12-week-long service projects as part of a 12- to 14-person team.
Her first service projects will end in mid-December, at which time the teams will break for the winter holidays and begin a new project in a new location in January.
Twenty teams composed of over 270 Corps Members and Team Leaders began service projects in November throughout the Southwest region. Some of these projects include supporting underserved schools in Arizona and Missouri, building affordable housing in Colorado and Oklahoma, and assisting with Hurricane Harvey recovery along the Texas Gulf Coast, among a variety of others.
There are four additional NCCC campuses located in Sacramento, Calif., Baltimore, Md., Vinton, Iowa, and Vicksburg, Miss., each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country.
Before joining the NCCC, Brady graduated from Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School in June 2012, then attended University Of Pittsburgh, which she graduated from in December 2016 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Brady said, “I did a term of service last year, and it made me into a much happier person. I knew that I needed to do it again with NCCC.” Brady is the daughter of Deborah and Robert Brady.
AmeriCorps NCCC members, all 18 to 24 years old, complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program.
In exchange for their service, they receive $5,815 to help pay for college.
Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, team building skills, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, they can indeed make a difference.
AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.nationalservice.gov/nccc.