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AmeriCorps Alum Honoree Hannah Jacobs (Frederick)

Hannah Jacobs is an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Alum, and was selected for the Governor’s Service Awards in the AmeriCorps Alum category. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions–lifting people out of poverty since 1965.

During her year of service with Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic, Hannah served between 40-55 hours per week. While serving as the P20 CONNECTS initiative AmeriCorps VISTA member, Hannah’s service influenced the success of 11 education programs across Maryland and Washington, D.C., which served between 25 – 1,500 unique students each. To assess their success, program data was collected from six of the most developed programs, showing students both progressing in academic grades and test scores, and developing social / emotional skills that will help them to continue their learning throughout their continued education, and into college, their career, and civic life.

Hannah clearly demonstrated outstanding service above and beyond requirements of her position. As the P20 CONNECTS VISTA member, Hannah spent considerable time discussing, reading, and understanding how effective experiential learning is applied and how it fit into her role in developing students ability to seriously consider and to become an active and knowledgeable participants in their learning. She became an elegant spokesperson for the collective research and effectiveness of the use of this learning model in multiple programs. With her understandings, she significantly influenced the 20-21 VISTA member orientation as the interim AmeriCorps VISTA Leader to address the need for clarity, vision, and application. This was reinforced by insightful responsiveness to volunteer cohort desires and institutional vision. Hannah leaves a legacy and significant expectation for those assuming her position to significantly moving the agenda of equity and the elimination of poverty forward.