Points of Light Conference
On June 16 - 18, I was lucky enough to attend a 3 day conference in Atlanta, GA on Volunteering and Service. The conference was put on by Points of Light, an organization that empowers people to access the resources they need to make a difference in their communities through volunteering. They are also the resources behind our own network of AmeriCorps Alums.
During the conference, I was a participant of many great conversations and I got to hear a lot of great speakers that included some big names; Neil Bush, Bernice King, Chelsea Clinton, and Tyler Perry.
On Sunday night, I attended a dinner at Paschal’s Restaurant, a historic landmark to downtown Atlanta. This restaurant was the meeting place of the beginning of conversations between Martin Luther King Jr. and his colleagues about civil rights. Paschal's served their staple meal of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and peach cobbler while I sat at a table of important people discussing different topics related to education, race, and poverty.
On Monday, I attended different sessions of discussion that included topics of diversity, community, and support. Then on Monday night, we attended an Atlanta Braves game in exchange for putting together kits of school supplies for local Atlanta schools.
On Tuesday, we attended more sessions during the day, and then we were able to be given a tour of downtown Atlanta by a local whom I knew very well. She was my teammate last year during NCCC, and we lived together and worked together for 10 months. It was so great to be able to reconnect with her and see what she had been up to as it has almost been a year since I have last seen her. We went out to dinner and then went to the top of the Westin hotel and saw the entire skyline of the city as the sunset.
Overall, I am very thankful for this opportunity not only to network with other previous AmeriCorps members who now have careers directly related to service, but also to connect with a former teammate of mine from NCCC. I hope to take what I learned about the different careers available to me after my terms of service, and find a meaningful career in the future. -By Kristyn Nagy, serving with Pathways Vermont