Today marks the final day of service for many (7 of 10) of our Apple Corps Members! Of course, being the food and nutrition focused team we celebrated a year well done with a delicious pizza party provided by Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria this past Friday. We had a great time reflecting over stories of service and sharing the variety of next steps each member has ahead of them.
Although it is bittersweet to have to say goodbye to yet another fantastic cohort of Americorps members, each is moving on to great new adventures. Amongst our team this year, four members will enter graduate school in the fall to study urban planning, public health, nutrition, and health promotions. Several members will be traveling this summer [and beyond] either by foot [backpacking through Europe] or by bike [cross country adventure]. We have members who will continue their work with youth in different capacities, with one member committed to a second year in her current Apple Corps position! And the cherry on top of our “what now?” member update: our most artistic and creative Apple Corps member will begin an intensive year-long program to study the art of circus performance.
It seems appropriate to end another year with a “Transformation Tuesday” not only because our members have grown so much during their 10.5 months of service, but also because they demonstrated a true commitment to transforming the communities in which they worked. By challenging the injustices that affect health and wellness within Seattle our members have worked in community to build greater access to health and nutrition.
As for the Apple Corps Program, we are excited to welcome a new team of members in September/October! We also wish to thank each of our 2013-2014 members for dedicating themselves to serving their community and working towards building a more equitable and just society.