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thinking about Americorps...
    #2420026 - 03/11/04 06:40 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Any Americorps alumni here? I'm thinking about joining for the fall. Stories? Tell 'em here...

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Re: thinking about Americorps... [Re: YidakiMan]
    #2422799 - 03/12/04 08:39 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I did a 6-month term tending parks in a ghetto of New York City. Overall I would say it was a good experience. Some people were doing it because they wanted to make the world a better place. They were nice people, and intelligent. It was a real pleasure to work alongside them. However some people were doing it because it was the best work they could get: these were the Dominican people, and they were mostly very lazy and stupid except for a few.
The work itself I had mixed feelings about because though we made it better each day, there would always be new smashed beer bottles to sweep up the next morning. The bossman said it only takes a few rotten apples to spoil a barrell and I think that's so but often it also seemed like there weren't many people who really gave a shit about having clean parks anymore.

The Americorps experience is probably going to vary widely depending on where you work and what the work is but I'm sure in all divisions there will be a good number of nice, conscientious young people.

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Re: thinking about Americorps... [Re: YidakiMan]
    #2423065 - 03/12/04 10:53 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

my friend has been doing it for a couple years now.

she started doing the labor and is now a group leader
or whatever they call them in the program.

she seems to like it, it appears to be somewhat fulfilling
for her, but, in principle, the whole americorp organization
is just another clinton black hole for our tax dollars.

it has been widely criticized in the past for being used
either overtly or covertly for political purposes...canvassing,
voter registration and informing people of their missed
welfare benefits.

James Bovard has done some writing about the abuse of
the organization.

Just be warned, it's not all habitat for humanity work, sometimes
you have to do the shit job and though the qualification process
can seem stringent, you definitely get some mooks in your groups.

All I know is The Growery is a place where losers who get banned here go.

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