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On Sept. 21, AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, celebrated its 30th anniversary with reflections by several current AmeriCorps members, including California Justice Leader Koron Richardson.

“AmeriCorps has made such an impact in the lives of so many affected by incarceration. It has given a second chance to so many—a chance to better themselves and give back, a chance to help rebuild,” Koron says. “AmeriCorps helps people attain a skillset and make change in the community. I know firsthand, as AmeriCorps gave me a second chance. It put me in situations that led to further growth. I gained experience and newfound knowledge, as well as a better understanding and greater perspective on life. AmeriCorps works for us all; it helps the world around us continue to change.”

Koron is among the more than 60 California Justice Leaders currently working as credible messengers and mentors, drawing on their own reentry journeys to help young adults make positive life choices after incarceration.

Read the AmeriCorps press release.

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