Meet Da’Shon Leggette: One of our youth making a difference!

Decatur High School Class of 2018 graduate and Club Ebster teen Da’Shon Leggette joined AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in August 2019 after learning about the program from Program Supervisor Portia Langley who also served in the program in 2007. AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based, residential service program for individuals 18-24 years old. NCCC members work in small teams on service projects in the areas of disaster relief, energy conservation, urban and rural development, infrastructure improvement and the environment. Da’Shon is stationed in Vinton, Iowa and will serve in the program for 10 months. As a Team Member, Da’Shon will mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other needs in the North Central region of the United States. In exchange for their service, NCCC Members receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans after graduating.

The Club Ebster and Decatur Active Living staff and are very proud of Da’Shon for committing to his journey in AmeriCorps. Da’Shon was an avid volunteer at Ebster Rec. center and helped with our Halloween and Valentines dances each year. He was also a basketball scorekeeper with Decatur Active Living’s Athletic department and was known in the community as a positive young man. AmeriCorps NCCC looks for young people who are flexible, want to work hard for communities, are respectful of diversity, and willing to put the needs of communities ahead of their own comforts. Da’Shon embodies these qualities and we look forward to having him back in Decatur with his new experiences on ways to improve his own community when he returns!

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