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    CVA and Alternative Break Citizenship Schools

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    August 17, 2018 | At Grand Canyon National Park, a big focus of my Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) position has been coordinating youth volunteers in the park. This allows me to work with over 100 college students that come between February and April during their spring break. These students, “alternative breakers”, are all part of a movement of positive social change through strong direct service. 

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    Building Community within the CVA Program

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    I moved to DC in February for the Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) position.  I moved here with excitement, knowing I would be working in an urban park engaging the surrounding community through volunteerism.

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    CVA Member Helps to Increase Volunteer Opportunities

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is more than just beaches, with over 50 miles of trails, monthly ranger-led programs, and several species of rare plants. Our volunteers help maintain our park, whether by working in the field to remove bittersweet or staffing the visitor center on busy weekends.

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    CVA Member Attends Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress 2018

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    After conducting her Masters research on indigenous resource use in two villages living around a recently established protected area in southern Guyana, Julie Savage was left questioning some of the ethical and moral components of that research. She persistently wondered about her role as a researcher of indigenous communities, and how her position as a CVA member at Mesa Verde National Park could help her better understand indigenous issues in the United States.

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    CVA Member Assists in Developing Internship Program

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    Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) Member, Michael Persaud, is nearly half way through his year of service at the National Parks of New York Harbor (NPNH). Michael has been an integral part of a brand new partnership between the National Park Service and St. John’s University in developing an accredited internship program that recruits and trains interns for research and interpretive programs in metropolitan New York City. 

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    Bringing Science to a Small Historic Park

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    Betsy Isley at Sagamore Hill National Historic Park is working to make a difference with her science background. Every national park is unique but she has found a way to implement a science-based program at a historic site.

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    CVA Member Allie Burdick and Klondike Gold Rush NHP work hard to increase diversity on public lands

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    May 14, 2018 | After a short internship with the National Park Service during her senior year of college at the UW, Allison Burdick wasn't sure where she'd end up. Like many college grads, Burdick tentatively ventured into the professional world, taking a corporate job at Starbucks in a field she didn't go to school for. Follow the link to read more.

    Source: The University of Washington Daily

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    Community Volunteer Ambassador Spring 2018 Training

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    They came from desert outcrops, snowy forests, mountain valleys and urban centers. They came together for three days for an intensive training for their year of service, where they all have a common mission, to be ambassadors for the National Park Service. They are, the Community Volunteer Ambassadors of 2018.

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    Community Volunteer Ambassadors launched in partnership with the National Park Service

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    March 16, 2018 | Fifty-three young adults took the AmeriCorps pledge to “Get Things Done” and support a legacy of service and conservation stewardship at the National Park Service. These Community Volunteer Ambassadors will serve with the NPS for 50 weeks and be trained as community and volunteer engagement coordinators.

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