Each year, 80,000 individuals become an AmeriCorps Alum. This is an esteemed group of more than one million citizens who have dedicated a portion of their life to improving communities across America. AmeriCorps Alums gain a wealth of knowledge serving within the fields of education, health, environmental stewardship and adult services. As a result, members go on to benefit from their professional skills honed during their AmeriCorps term. There are countless examples of former AmeriCorps members completing service and obtaining their “dream job” because of their AmeriCorps experience. One great example is Sam Romeo who served three years in Southeast Ohio with Rural Action’s Environmental Education team. The following quote was provided shortly before Sam started his new job at the Audubon Society. "Over the past 3 years AmeriCorps has provided me ample opportunities to get me out of my comfort zone and learn how to be a more effective teacher, friend, co-worker, and community member. AmeriCorps gave me the freedom to gain the experience and training that interested me the most. I remember my first year where I was in a staff meeting and we were asked to share our big hopes and dreams. When it was my turn, I said ‘I hope to one day be an Environmental Educator for the Audubon Society and take people birding for the rest of my life.’” AmeriCorps could be the next step to your dream job! Through this national network, individuals dig-in and find their passions through a myriad of opportunities. See the Ohio AmeriCorps programs that are recruiting members now and become part of the next generation of AmeriCorps Alums.