Today is sadly the last day of service for our two amazing AmeriCorps members, Cora Stern and Alexis Logan-Brown, who joined us as Campus-Compact Mid-Atlantic members last year. They have both been incredible to work with and are a true testament to the power of national service, service learning, and partnerships. Here’s a glimpse into some of their many accomplishments:

Cora Stern
For the past year, Cora has served as the coordinator of ArtWorks, art-based social enterprise program that uses art as a tool to teach high school refugee students about business, financial literacy, English, career readiness, and entrepreneurship, while providing students with an outlet to share their experiences. Cora executed weekly programming at Patterson High School in collaboration with community artists and other community organizations, and she also organized multiple craft fairs, including multiple-day sales at ArtScape and Art Market at MICA, under a student-centered approach.

During her year, ArtWorks has raised more than $9,600 in cash resources and $10,300 in in-kind resources for RYP. In-kind resources include grant money from MICA Screen Printing and inventory software and hardware. Cora developed two exciting collaborations with community arts organizations, a photography program with Vision Workshops and a screen printing project with the MICA Screen Printing Department. Finally, she taught lessons in financial literacy and career readiness to ArtWorks students, College JUMP students, and International Summer Academy RYP students.

Cora will be joining the Peace Corps in Morocco for the next two years!

Alexis Logan-Brown
Alexis has done an outstanding job running our CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA project, in partnership with UMBC. This year 100% of College JUMP senior mentees (15 total) were accepted into colleges and universities.  The program has also helped our mentees apply for and receive over $150,000 in possible scholarships.  In addition to these successes, she also led 9 events designed to help our mentees learn more about their options at colleges and universities.  For the 2nd Annual Refugee Awareness Week, Alexis and the leadership team expanded on previous events, providing multiple spaces for UMBC students to learn more about refugee, asylee and immigrant populations in the United States.
Next year Alexis has been accepted into the University of London for International Studies and Diplomacy.
Please join us in thanking both Cora and Alexis for their tireless work and dedication to uplifting refugee youth in Baltimore!