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ServeNebraska Symposium:
“Celebration of Service”
Showcasing service through literary,
visual and performing arts

Held May 8, 2014 at the Center for People in Need, Lincoln

RISE door poster“Celebration of Service” provided AmeriCorps members from every Nebraska program an opportunity to reflect on service and create a lasting memory of their service year experience. Since creative projects drove the symposium event, participation also benefited an audience of peers who left the symposium impressed and inspired by their own service and the service to others.

Download the Symposium Program to read and view Symposium projects pdf file
Download Presentation Outline - Next Steps…What’s Right for You? pdf file

The Symposium provided:

  • a forum for Nebraska AmeriCorps members – individually or in small groups - to showcase their service stories through creative projects inspired by service experiences
  • an opportunity for AmeriCorps members across the state to share their projects
  • presentation by Deanne Amato to prepare AmeriCorps members for life after AmeriCorps

“It was really neat to see the work of other programs and to hear them creatively express themselves. I think each program really put in some creative effort, and it came across positively.”

~An AmeriCorps Member

Getting Started:

Creating a symposium project started with service and reflecting on the meaning of service experienced throughout the year. AmeriCorps members selected a project theme from the list below:

  • Theme 1 – How my service made my life in Nebraska better
  • Theme 2 – How volunteers/students/clients created something special
  • Theme 3 – How service is changing me
  • Theme 4 – How service changes the way I/we see the world

AmeriCorps members then created a project of their choice as an individual or with a group from the following categories.

  • Service Stories (creative nonfiction)
  • Poetry
  • Service Inspired Fiction
  • Visual Arts (painting, poster, textiles)
  • Video