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Michigan's AmeriCorps Alum Spotlight
Alum of the Month – December 2023: Alex Modlin, Economic Opportunity Coaching AmeriCorps Program
Alex Modlin served from 2011-2013 with the Economic Opportunity Coaching AmeriCorps Program,at Peckham, Inc. in Lansing, MI. The Economic Opportunity Coaching Program AmeriCorps members coach people with disabilities, refugees, and low-income individuals in the areas of financial literacy, adult education, employability skill development and tax preparation to help them achieve and maintain economic stability.
Modlin credits her time as an AmeriCorps member in helping her decide to pursue a career in financial empowerment. Modlin states that she “loved serving at Peckham and as a result served for 2 years. It completely changed my career path.” Modlin continues, “My service terms guided me to where I am today. I was empowered to support clients, come up with new ideas, and really fell in love with working at Peckham during the process.“
Modlin received her B.A. from Michigan State University and her M.P.A. from University of Michigan. After her 2 terms of service at Peckham, Inc., Modlin was hired as a permanent employee, and now,12 years later, Modlin is still at Peckham, Inc. as the Director of Workforce Planning.
AmeriCorps service helped Modlin develop and refine her professional skills, “I learned how to adapt my training style to ensure our team members understood the information they were receiving. I also learned how to work as a team and how to work effectively with other teams.”
Modlin is still very involved with the AmeriCorps members at Peckham and continues to volunteer in her free time. Her service terms instilled the importance of lifelong volunteering. Modlin believes that “serving others is now an important part of my life, as it brings so much joy to me and the people I am serving.“
Learn more about the Economic Opportunity Coaching AmeriCorps Program and other Michigan’s AmeriCorps programs making a positive impact in communities across Michigan. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.