Testimonials From Americorps Members Throughout The Years


The Americorps scholarship program was such a wonderful experience! I worked with the Summit Institute, and earned most of my hours working with kids in athletic setting. Not only were the kids were great to work with, but they were always eager for new information and it felt really good to pass on knowledge and experience that might improve their game, and hopefully their overall attitude. I also learned new things through this experience, including team management and leadership techniques in a team/classroom setting. The scholarship that I earned as an Americorps member will help me continue my education at the University of Tulsa, and the experience has provided me with skills and lessons that I will use for the rest of my life. Thank you Americorps, and thank you Summit Institute!

-Caitlin Dyche
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Member 2012


Growing up in a single parent household, I saw the impact one person could have on the lives of others. I always felt that I needed to give back to the community. When I heard about AmeriCorps through the Summit Institute, I instantly took advantage of the opportunity to serve my community. I am currently studying Adapted Physical Education at Texas Woman’s University. The program continuously provides windows of opportunities for me whether it be networking or exposure to an unknown disability to me. I am currently enrolled in my second term with AmeriCorps and plan on serving the maximum of four terms. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the expression on someone’s face when they achieve something they thought was impossible.

-Krystal Paul
Denton, Texas
Member 2012-2013

I enjoyed my time that I had as an active member of AmeriCorps. One of the times I really enjoyed was my participation in the Dr. Carol Huettig Developmental Aquatics Program in Texas Woman’s University. The Huetting Developmental Aquatics Program is geared to help children with disabilities learn safety procedures in the pool in and out and some basic understanding of swimming skills. I volunteered to be a swimming instructor in that aquatics program in the fall of 2012. I will never forget the first time I met my swimming student, Bennett, he was the best kid ever! Bennett suffers from Visual Impairments and Orthopedic Impairments (Muscular Dystrophy), but does that matter to him, no way! He was the most energetic seven year old boy I have ever met, and I have two boys of my own. He would come every Friday morning at 8 AM, with new ideas on how to improve his swimming skills. Throughout the lesson he would also make up songs and we would sing them together. I was told by the professor in charge and his parents that they had never seen so much improvement with Bennett while in this program until he got me as his instructor. I was overjoyed with those news that the following semester for spring of 2013 I joined the program again as an active member of AmeriCorps. To be honest, I was afraid that since I was a full time university student and a full time mother and wife, I would not have time to volunteer as much as I wanted with AmeriCorps. Honestly, the experience I had with Bennett made me a better person overall and changed my whole perspective on life. Everyone should make time to volunteer because you never know when you will change a person’s life.
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Claudia Alvarado-Juarez
Denton, Texas
Member 2012-2013

Being a member of the Americorps has giving me the opportunity to go out and volunteer with in the community. Not only was I able to give my time in volunteering but as well as give my time to something that I enjoy doing. Over the summer I had the opportunity to coach an under six boys and girls soccer team. Every Tuesdays and Thursdays we had soccer practice in the afternoon and the soccer games would be every Saturday. While at practice we would start with a light warm up, such as stretching, then from there we went into the drills. I explained the rules of the game and what should be expected of them while on and off the field. For a lot of the children it was their first time ever being on a soccer team and even playing soccer. Some started out shy and not knowing what to do and others knew the basic things. As the practices went on I started to see more confidence and enthusiasm from each player. I really enjoyed working with these little ones. This experience made me continue to coach voluntarily, not only young children but as well as women of all ages.
- Emperatriz Torres
Denton, Texas
Member 2012-2013