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Michigan's AmeriCorps Member of the Month
AmeriCorps Members of the Month – May 2023: Martin Turner-FUSHC
Martin Turner is a first year AmeriCorps member with the Flint Urban Safety and Health Corps (FUSHC) in Flint, MI. The Flint Urban Safety and Health Corps AmeriCorps members are placed with Flint-area nonprofits and other community organizations under the direction of a host site supervisor. Members provide direct service in the areas of food security and nutrition, behavioral and developmental health, early education, crime prevention, and medical management, especially relating to special populations in Flint.
Turner was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He joined the Marine Corps and spent time working in corrections as a military prison guard. After leaving the military, Turner worked in manufacturing and ended up in a supervisory position. Despite this success, in 2006 Turner made the decision to change careers and go back to school, focusing on his love of art and passion for educating and mentoring young people.
Turner found that AmeriCorps was the opportunity he needed to change careers, get the training he needed, and make new community connections. As an AmeriCorps member with the FUSHC, Martin has found ways to utilize many of his skills at the Urban Renaissance Center (URC), a neighborhood hub that serves as a focal point for a variety of programs including food and water distribution, blight removal, job skill and workforce development training, and after school programming. In preparation for summer Martin is creating an art class curriculum for young people with a holistic approach that encourages students to learn art and design not only as skills that can lead to viable career opportunities but also as a mindfulness practice and a healthy emotional outlet. Currently, some of Martin’s work is being exhibited at the Greater Flint Arts Council in honor of Black History Month, a testament to his artistic ability.
In addition to his service with the URC, Martin was an essential part of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. According to Lindsay Crawford, the FUSHC Program Director, “not only did Martin lead multiple tables of volunteers, he came the day before the event to help unpack and set up and stayed late after the event was over to help clean up. He single-handedly swept the entire hockey arena and somehow managed to have a smile on his face the whole time.” Crawford is grateful for Turner’s dedication, continuing that “Martin is an asset to his host site, the FUSHC program, and most importantly, the community.”