Each year, the Partnership recruits and trains a group of 12
young people who are assigned to Partnership grantees, where they work four days
a week as an integral member of the agency. On the fifth day of each week, the
members work together on a joint project benefiting the community.
Click here to meet the 2012-2013 members and learn about their placements.
Washington AIDS Partnership Service Corps Team
In June 2012, the Partnership was notified that the Corporation for National and Community Service approved the AIDS United AmeriCorps program for funding, however the program was not re-funded due to limited resources and shifting priorities at the Corporation. Partnership staff worked hard to raise the needed funds to ensure that there was a program for the 12 youth that had already committed to a year of service, and the Partnership created the Washington AIDS Partnership Service Corps program. The Washington AIDS Partnership Service Corps program mirrors the AIDS United AmeriCorps program, in that members are placed at Partnership grantees where they spend four days a week at the their agency and one day a week as team conducting volunteer projects throughout the District. The 2012-2013 Washington AIDS Partnership Service Corps team would not have been possible if not for the generosity of many funders. The following partners made the 2012-2013 Washington AIDS Partnership Service Corps team possible: Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Lois and Richard England Family Foundation, Kimsey Foundation, Meyer Foundation, Moriah Fund, Morningstar Foundation, Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation, Posner-Wallace Foundation, Prince Charitable Trust, Public Welfare Foundation, and the United Way of the National Capital Area.
The Partnership remained committed to the program to ensure that youth from across the county would be given the same amazing opportunity that the 178 youth before them were given. One former member noted that “the first-hand experience and privilege of being invited into clients’ lives was a huge learning experience that cannot be matched by any textbook or theory. My clients have forever changed my personal convictions and the way I view and approach people and issues.” Another past member noted that “one person, in particular, touched my heart and helped me establish a perspective about life. She was a positive 23 year old mother with a four year old son, and I spent long hours talking with her. One year after the service year ended, I received a call from my supervisor saying that the woman had been hospitalized, but had asked that I attend her baptism. I arrived in DC to find her elated that I had come. Less than 24 hours later, she passed away, but I was one of the last people to speak with her before she was at peace.”
Recruitment for the 2013-2014 program has begun. For application materials please visit the AmeriCorps website. For more information about AmeriCorps or the Washington AIDS Partnership Service Corps Program, please contact the Partnership's Program Coordinator Sapna Khatri (202-939-3381).