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    Journey to the National Park Service

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    As a CVA, between attending community events, doing outreach, and training student interns, I often have my hands full. But I enjoy every minute. When I found out about my selection to serve as the park CVA, I was very excited. I knew what my first project was going to be right away

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    Fish On!

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    What makes an event successful? Can an event be successful if only one person shows up? Can it be successful if you end up far short of your goal of number of trees planted? What if everyone needs to shelter in vehicles because of a storm for more than half of the time of your event?

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    Reflection Time on Science Sundays

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    It felt good to be able to experience, first hand, a program which I played a small part in creating. It was such a fantastic feeling to see it come to life after watching those who made it possible work so hard during its creation.

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  • For What It's Worth

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    Even though it is now 2019, Young’s words speak truth to power, in that 1 in 5 young people live with diagnosed learning differences and attention issues according to a new study by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). Of this statistic, I am one and want to see change in the way we address the stigma of coping with such challenges.

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    A Week With Colt, or Why are We Here?

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    Connecticut has some of the strongest opponents to guns in their government. Hartford is plagued with gun violence and gangs. It is about an hour away from Sandy Hook. And we are a park that mainly focuses on the accomplishments of a gun manufacturer. What does that mean to this community?

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    Building a Sense of Belonging on Washington's Coast

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    There is a disconnect between the National Park Service and communities who have historically been excluded or not represented in the park service workforce. As an urban park in Seattle, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (KLSE) has a unique opportunity to facilitate urban community groups’ involvement with Washington state's traditional ‘nature’ national parks.

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    CVA Lei De Vera at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    Lei De Vera, a current Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) serving at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area hosted a volunteer opportunity with The University of Nevada for the entirety of Spring Break. 

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    Finding the Purpose of Service at Mount Rainier

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    “Wow, aren’t you just living the dream.” A statement I have heard countless times since I became the Community Volunteer Ambassador at Mount Rainier National Park. 

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  • ​Do you have time? Ramblings from Zion National Park’s Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA)

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    October 24, 2018 |It is impossible to fit all of our wants into a single day or week. We must prioritize, pick and choose. When I flounder with my sense of time as Zion’s CVA, I look toward two groups of people for inspiration: The volunteers of Zion National Park and the visitors of Zion National Park.

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    CVA Chris Martin Presented Local Service Award

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    October 9, 2018 | 2018 marked the first year of both the Kids in Kayaks and the AmeriCorps Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) programs at Fort Monroe National Monument (Virginia). CVA Chris Martin was tasked with improving a youth summer program from the year before using the park supply of kayaks to enhance the student experience.


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