Blog Archives for March 2016

Student Debt Basics: Income-Driven Repayment Plans

March 11, 2016

Income-driven repayment plans can be a safety net for student loan borrowers looking for debt relief.

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"I chose to join AmeriCorps...because I wanted to challenge myself to do something meaningful and purposeful."

March 11, 2016

This is a guest blog post from Equal Justice Works’ Public Programs Manager, Taí Merey Alex.

I was an AmeriCorps member in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City from 2000 to 2001. The program was a successful partnership between AmeriCorps and the YMCA with the goal of providing classroom assistance to public school teachers, and to facilitate an after-school program for elementary school children. I was placed in a second grade classroom where I worked mostly with students who had learning or behavioral challenges, or who were advanced academically. I also led several workshops in the after-school program, focused primarily on dance, theater, physical education, and health.

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How has @AmeriCorps changed my life? Anna Cupito shares her story.

March 8, 2016

This is a guest blog post from Equal Justice Works’ Public Programs Specialist, Anna Cupito.

Although I didn’t know it at the time, my year as an AmeriCorps member later proved to be an important stepping stone onto the path my career is currently taking. When I graduated from college about 5 years ago, I had a B.A. in International Studies and knew I wanted to do something to make the world a better place, and keep using the Spanish I’d learned in college, but beyond that I had no idea. I found the application for a new state AmeriCorps program online, and was selected to be one of 9 of the first class of AmeriCorps members working with the immigrant community in Arlington. Our program resulted because of a unique collaboration between the county-run ESOL program, a small non-profit focused on empowering Latino families, and the Arlington County Employment Center.

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