As part of National Volunteer Week, we highlight Jennifer Karow, a volunteer who dedicated a year of her life to national service through AmeriCorps with the Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative from 2005 to 2006. Jennifer continues to serve her community through her current role as Manager of Family Programs at Roger Williams Park Zoo.
Why did you join AmeriCorps?
I was finishing a Bachelor's Degree in Conservation Science and it was an opportunity to combine my passions for education and the environment.
What was a life and/or career skill you learned from AmeriCorps?
Everything I need to know I learned in AmeriCorps! I learned about working with stakeholders, managing and appreciating volunteers, developing curriculum, and networking. The skills I learned in one year led me to a career in the field of environmental education.
How have you continued to stay involved in your community?
I was hired by the organization I served with and I have worked there for the past 5 years. Through our programs I work every day to inspire children and families to live responsibly and care for the world and everything in it.
What advice would you give to current AmeriCorps members?
Give it your all! Turn yourself over to the experience and you will be amazed by the impact a year of service will have on you as a person and as a professional.