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LISC AmeriCorps

LISC AmeriCorps: Getting Things Done for Milwaukee Neighborhoods

AmeriCorps members promote volunteerism and civic engagement by encouraging neighbors to take active roles in their communities. LISC AmeriCorps members help build sustainable communities by:

  • developing affordable housing
  • providing homeownership counseling to prospective first-time, low-income homebuyers
  • helping residents form crime watches, neighborhood groups, tenants associations and local service providers collaborations. 
  • helping youth access recreation programs and after-school support like tutoring, homework assistance and reading enrichment

The LISC AmeriCorps program is part of the National Service Network, administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Building Nonprofit Capacity

AmeriCorps members provide nonprofits with much-needed capacity to achieve their goals, and help emerging leaders gain the experience they need to make a difference. Milwaukee hosts 10 LISC AmeriCorps members—6 full time and 4 part time—at neighborhood-based organizations in the central city.

 2013-2014 LISC AmeriCorps members 

 2013-2014 LISC AmeriCorps members

 From left to right: Adrian Spencer Good, Stacy Rapp, Elise Yafet, Christopher Boston, Emma Chavez, Laura Eirich, Mayor Tom Barrett, Hilary Wilson, Amanda Schick, Jasmine Taylor, Joshua Coleman


Emma Chavez
FOC Program Specialist
Journey House

  • Assist the bilingual community with basic computer skills, resume building, and creating cover letters for job applications.
  • Teach interviewing skills.
  • Work with the Urban Career Institute (UCI), a job searching program that includes registering for GED classes.
  • Assist with the Vita Tax program, a free service to anyone in the community.

 Joshua Coleman
FOC Program Financial Coach
Riverworks Development Corporation

  • Provide one-on-one financial coaching, including assessing financial situations and helping participants develop realistic spending, savings, and debt management plans; improving or building credit; developing emergency savings funds; and building assets  – retirement, education, housing, etc. 
  • Assist with conducting public benefits eligibility screening and assist participants in acquiring benefits.
  • Ensure that participants follow up with referrals to other supportive services and monitor participant progress toward asset goals.
  • Manage outcome tracking system and program projects, and maintain client files.
  • Assist Program Team with reporting and documentation requirements. 

Laura Eirich
Events Specialist
College Possible

  •  Serve as the liaison between community partners and other members of our organization. 
  • Develop relationships with college campuses throughout the Midwest and coordinate all campus visits for our students.
  • Organize our four practice ACT exams and our year-end celebration, creating all materials regarding the events, and secure funding for our campus visits and in-kind donations for our practice ACT’s and year-end celebration. 
  • Assist with both AmeriCorps and College Possible student recruitment throughout the year. 

Morgan Rolon
Burnham Park Coordinator
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors

  •  Coordinate improvement projects in Burnham Park.
  • Recruit neighbors and other stakeholders to determine areas in need of improvement.
  • Organize Task Force committee, a collaborative effort to raise funds and implement projects.

Amanda Schick
Community Outreach Safety Specialist
Johnsons Park Neighborhood Association (JPNA) in Lindsay Heights

  • Work to enhance and improve communication between and among Lindsay Heights residents and build engagement in public safety and social connections strategies.
  • Support JPNA leadership with implementation of the community-based Public Safety strategy.
  • Coordinate law enforcement, government agencies, faith-based organizations, businesses, and community groups to help solve the neighborhood’s problems and build relationships to sustain the effort over time.
  • Develop youth-led neighborhood projects, and connect all residents with law enforcement and other city resources.

 Cheryl Smith
Granville Business Improvement District

  • Meet with community officials to implement resources in areas of need, such as social services that are not easily accessible.
  • Establish partnerships with local churches and schools to implement innovative literacy and meal programs, along with safe play activities. 
  • Establish a resource center for community needs in high-risk areas (i.e., poverty, illiteracy, teenage pregnancy, and high crime areas).
  • Meet with the neighborhood organizations for safety needs in their neighborhoods and the community as a whole.
  • Meet and greet new members to the community.
  • Provide information to the community about community happenings and new rules and regulations of the center.
  • Provide information to the community about new programs coming to the area and summer programs for  children and youth.

Adrian Spencer
Community Support Specialist
Riverworks Development Corporation

  • Work with residents to find out what their home improvement needs are, and connect them with the programs and organizations that can provide them assistance.
  • Build support for a block improvement concept, then assist with the implementation of the selected concept.
  • Work on housing and safety in partnership with other organizations, then assist with developing a plan to remove blight and board-ups, and to improve housing stock.

 Jasmine Taylor 
United Methodist Children’s Services

  • Assist Washington PArk Partners' (WPP) staff and residents with the creation and implementation of community improvement projects and activities – block cleanups, block gatherings, community gardens, landscaping projects.
  • Assist with the planning for, and attend, monthly WPP Resident Meetings.
  • Represent WPP at Community Events and share information related to the WPP plan.
  • Participate in Neighborhood Walks to help identify and report properties that need improvement.
  • Assist in completion of the Byrne Grant surveys; evaluate and complete housing surveys; and assist in event planning for WPP committees i.e. Arts & Culture committee.

Elise Yafet
College Coach
College Possible

  • Serve as a college coach for 200 College Possible college students, both local and those attending colleges across the U.S.
  • Help students as they transition from high school into college, throughout their college career, and those who are unenrolled and looking to return to school. Role involves connecting students to support services available on campus; assisting with financial aid barriers/FAFSA applications; encouraging registration/confirming enrollment statuses; and making sure students are thriving and being given the support they need in regards to any social, financial or personal issue they may face.

 2011-2012 LISC AmeriCorps members profiles

Lovie Hutson, 24
Hometown: Milwaukee
HS/College: Stanford University
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
Volunteer Coordinator

Julie Tenpas 25
Hometown: Sheboygan Falls
HS/College: UW-Milwaukee
Journey House
Employment Specialist (2nd term)

George Jones, 43
Hometown: Chicago
HS/College: St. Ignatius College Prep
United Methodist Children’s Services
Community Organizer

Kecia Turner, 42
Hometown: Milwaukee
HS/College: Bryant & Stratton College
Holton Youth and Family Center
Volunteer Coordinator

Alayna Jenkins, 23
Hometown: Milwaukee
HS/College: UW-Milwaukee
Urban Strategies
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance 

Sabina Wilsey, 27
Hometown: Madison
HS/College: UW-Milwaukee
Riverworks Development Corporation
Public Benefits Specialist (2nd term)

Tyanna McLaurin, 31
Hometown: Milwaukee
HS/College: Marquette University
Lindsay Heights Health Alliance – Walnut Way
Community Health Educator

Darlene Brox, 54
Hometown: Milwaukee
HS/College: MATC
Riverworks Development Corporation
Employment Specialist

Neva Hill, 62
Hometown: Glendale
HS/College: BT Washington, Philadelphia, MS
Neighborhood Improvement Development
Corporation – Woodlands Condominium

Community Resources Specialist (2nd term)

Suncerrae Perry, 26
Hometown: Milwaukee
HS/College: UW-Milwaukee
Riverworks Development Corporation
Neighborhood Resource Specialist (2nd term)

Mike Zang, 25
Hometown: Lanexa, VA
HS/College: Christopher Newport University
Urban Ecology Center – Washington Park
Education Program Coordinator

2011-2012 LISC AmeriCorps members profiles - PDF file


Congresswoman Gwen Moore congratulates 
2010-2011 AmeriCorps members for their year of service.