Lyric Gibson on an independent service project at Heifer Ranch n Little Rock, Arkansas. Courtesy Lyric Gibson.

By GWEN OREL
orel@montclairlocal.news

Lyric Gibson, the 2016 Montclair High School graduate working with AmeriCorps NCCC, sends us exciting news.

We profiled Lyric back in March. From that article: “Whatever she does, she wants to serve. Seeing a house grow from the ground up and meeting the homeowners has been an emotional experience, she said.”

Lyric has taken that joy she felt and is going forward: she will work as construction crew leader with Habitat Kaua’i, through AmeriCorps State and National. In that position she will do hands-on carpentry, and lead groups of volunteers. She writes:

“As my 10 month service in AmeriCorps NCCC wraps up, with four more weeks left serving in Ferguson, Missouri, and a week following in Denver, Colorado for Class 23 graduation, corps members take it upon themselves (with additional training from campus) to plan for Life after AmeriCorps. Members continue to go through college, some of them choose to go home and start their careers, and some choose to further work as an AmeriCorps member.

“During my second round in San Antonio, Texas, while working with Habitat for Humanity, I discovered the joy, love and curiosity of working with this organization, with a special thanks to those within the staff who my team worked with every day, and volunteer interaction every weekend.

“This led me to search for jobs around the country with Habitat and about five weeks ago, I found a nearly perfect position with Habit Kaua’i through AmeriCorps State and National.

“I applied to work as a Construction Crew Leader. After waiting a long period of time to hear back, on June 8th, I received an email saying that I have been selected to serve.

“On June 9th, I accepted an official offer to serve in the position. I would not have been as successful in applying to this position in the beautiful state of Hawaii without receiving amazing recommendation letters from two Habitat San Antonio staff members who became my teachers, friends and supervisors while serving in Texas, as well as a recommendation letter from Montclair High School Assistant Principal Clifton J. Thompson, who encouraged, supported and advocated for me through my last years of high school, helping me complete senior year and graduate!

“I am most thankful to not only those people, but everyone who has supported me through and after graduation, as I make my way through my first adult years out of the town of Montclair, New Jersey!”

Thank you for your service, Lyric!
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