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Michigan Community Service Commission MSHDA

episode9 introductionIntroduction by Carolyn Bloodworth, Chair of the Michigan Community Service Commission

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Start off the episode at the Hunter Park GardenHouse in Lansing.

episode 9 segment1About AmeriCorps

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Hear from AmeriCorps members about how serving changed their lives and find out how the program makes a real difference to people and places across Michigan.

episode9 segment2AmeriCorps VISTA, Flint and Detroit

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AmeriCorps VISTA members in Michigan dedicate their summers to reducing poverty and its impacts, including through after school programs and food for kids while school is out for the summer. Featuring the Flint National Service Accelerator and United Way for Southeastern Michigan. For more about AmeriCorps VISTA, visit http://www.americorps.gov/vista

episode9 segment3Schools of Hope, Grand Rapids

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AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of service towards literacy for parents and kids throughout Kent County in the Schools of Hope program. Featuring the Literacy Center of West Michigan.

episode9 segment4AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program, Detroit

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The AmeriCorps Ubran Safety Project in Detroit reduced crime in the Midtown area by 38% over the past three years. Find out their secret in this short video made possible by the Wayne State University Center for Urban Studies.

episode9 segment5Michigan Foreclosure Prevention

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AmeriCorps members fight the foreclosure crisis in Michigan by serving at organizations that need more help reaching homeowners in their area. AmeriCorps members also serve in programs that house the homeless and help those with disabilities achieve self-sufficiency. Featuring the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps and Community Housing Network.

episode9 segment6AmeriCorps Signature Service, Traverse City

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More than 300 AmeriCorps members in Michigan gather for two full days of community service at the annual Russ Mawby Signature Service Project.

episode9 endingConclusion by Carolyn Bloodworth

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Episode ending, credits and outtakes.