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Local hero serves in AmeriCorps NCCC

Julia Dykers - Courtesy photo
Julia Dykers
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Julia Dykers of Auburn recently began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.

Dykers, based out of the AmeriCorps regional campus in Denver, was formally inducted into the program on Nov. 8.

Dykers arrived at her regional campus in October to begin a month of training. This training – which prepared the more than 300 Corps members for full-time service with AmeriCorps NCCC – emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, service learning, and included certification by the American Red Cross.

Dykers will be responsible for completing a series of six- to eight-week-long service projects as part of a 10- to 12-person team. Their first service projects 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.

Before serving in NCCC, Dykers attended Auburn Riverside High School before going to Western Washington University and studying human services. Dykers is the daughter of Joyce Dykers and Lawrence Dykers.

"It's the perfect next step in my life," Dykers said. "I just graduated from college and wanted to do some traveling and some volunteer work. This was the perfect fit."

AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Fifty-six teams composed of more than 600 Corps members and team leaders began service projects in November throughout the Pacific and Southwest regions, based in Sacramento in Denver respectively. There are three additional NCCC campuses located in Perry Point, Md., Vinton, Iowa, and Vicksburg, Miss., each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country.

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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 $5,550 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, visit www.americorps.gov/nccc.

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