Jeanine Yard, Lansing, MI


Organization(s): Michigan Community Service Commission
Position(s): Program Officer
Work Setting: Government—State Level
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What I Do
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    Interest Groups
    Peacemaking/ Violence Prevention, Organizational Change, Marketing Service-Learning, Intergenerational Service-Learning, Leadership Development, Environment/ Sustainability, 21st Century Learning/ Global Education, Gaining Administrative Support, 40 Developmental Assets (Search Institute), Rural Service-Learning, Professional Learning Communities

    Where I Work
    Rural, Suburban, Urban (small city), Tribal

    Who I Work With
    Community-Based Organizations, AmeriCorps, Young Professionals (20’s and 30’s), K-12, Higher Education

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    Short Description of My Current Work
    I coordinate the AmeriCorps *State funding process (with another Program Officer) for the state of Michigan. Once subgrantees have been selected, I am responsible for monitoring compliance, as well as providing training and technical assistance.

    Professional History
    In 1987, I made the move from Juvenile Justice counseling to become the director of a nonprofit serving southern lower Michigan. The focus of the nonprofit was substance abuse prevention. The specialized focus of our program was peer helping: peer listening, peer mentoring, peer mediation, and peer education. My staff and I provided training for youth K16 in 77 different schools and institutions of higher education. It became very clear after a short time that we were involved in community-based service-learning.
    In 2000, a teacher advisor recommended a job to me that she thought was tailor made for me. A year later I was a new employee of the Michigan Community Service Commission. As a Learn and Serve Program Officer, I was involved in making grants to school districts, provided training and techincal assistance to service-learning coordinators, teachers, students,administrators, and community-based organizations. I served on the SEANet Board for three years investing time in the national s-l effort.

    Professional Expertise/ Passions
    My work mirrors many of my passions and yet other passions are addressed in my personal and volunteer life. I am currently an AmeriCorps Program Officer, but still strongly invested in service-learning. Here is the list of my passions. You must be the judge of my expertise:
    Youth development and leadership: general and service-learning specific, professional development, training, mentoring, curriculum integration, partnership development, conlict resolution, documenting great stories, sustainability ( the program kind, not environmental), teambuilding, intergenerational programming, and creativity.

    What I'm Most Excited About in My Current Work
    Several of Michigan's subgrantees are enagaged in coordinating service-learning in schools or community-based organizations. I am working to bridge my work with service-learning with AmeriCorps.

    Michigan has also developed a set of comprehensive standards for AmeriCorps programs. Much like the Sustainabilty Rubric developed for Michigan's service-learning field in Michigan, the standards provide an operational guide for AmeriCorps programs to be successful in their efforts. It is exciting to work with programs to assist them in becoming the best they can be.


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