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Michigan's AmeriCorps Alum Spotlight

MI AmeriCorps Alum Spotlight - October 2021: Nicole Fisher, AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program

Nicole Fisher is a dedicated and active resident of the Southwest Detroit community. Her passion for community service led her to join the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program where she served multiple service terms between 2017-2020. The AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program (AMUS) implements initiatives to increase public safety and decrease victimization in neighborhoods throughout the City of Detroit. 

While serving with the AMUS program, Nicole partnered with Detroit Police to carry out a variety of proactive measures to minimize crime. She provided Home Safety Assessments and installed home safety equipment like smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, door sensors, cameras, lighting and deadbolt locks. She also assisted domestic violence victims in obtaining personal protection orders, created safe routes for students, and helped bridge the gap between local law enforcement and community residents.

Nicole's commitment to public safety in her neighborhood has continued on after she completed her AmeriCorps service terms. "I still serve as President of West Vernor Civilian Patrol, the first resident led patrol group in Southwest Detroit," notes Nicole. While patrolling, the group looks for signs of drug dealing, gang activity, human trafficking or lesser crimes like garage break-ins, vandalism, and illegal dumping. "I accompany families through the court process who have lost loved ones due to violence. I serve with the FBI Civilian Academy Alumni and Detroit Police Department Alumni" promoting public safety and security through community engagement, education, and service initiatives. Nicole also is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) so she can provide support during times of disaster, like the recent flooding that impacted many Detroit neighborhoods.

Not one to sit on the sidelines, Nicole steps up to make things happen. She embodies civic engagement through her continued dedication to her community through service. "AmeriCorps Urban Safety helped me strengthen my leadership abilities with the work I continue to do within the Southwest Detroit Community. I am the change I want to see in my community!" Nicole proudly declares.

Learn more about the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program and other Michigan's AmeriCorps programs making a positive impact in communities across Michigan. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.