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Jamarl D. Clark, '07
Name: Jamarl D. Clark
Major: Public Communication
Current job: Founder/CEO WeINSPIRE Movement
Current community involvement: Today, I continue to actively serve my community through volunteerism. Serving as an alumni of AmeriCorps and acts as a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
How has ACT impacted your career and/or who you are today: The skills acquired during my time serving as an ACT's Peer Counselor (Service Advisor), have been instrumental in working in the non-profit sector for a decade. Serving as a Peer Counselor (Service Advisor) developed my leadership and professional skills to a level well beyond what one would expect to see from a college graduate. The ACT team encouraged me to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with North Carolina Campus Compact to assist me with transitioning smoothly into the workforce. North Carolina Campus Compact continue the work of the ACT team by teaching me the importance of being a change-agent, in my community. I previously held several volunteer management and programming positions, including working for the notable youth organization for girls, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. As well, having the opportunity to design and implement a new program, Jumpstart Community Corps which created meaningful, intergenerational relationships between preschool children and older adults (aged 55 and over) in the District of Columbia.
What did your work with ACT mean to you: The inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. come to mind when thinking about my work with the ACT "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." The work I did with ACT showed me that I could be that greatness that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of. The inspiration ACT poured into me, today I pour that into other. The gift that keeps giving.
Favorite ACT memory: I remember during my period as a Peer Counselor (Service Advisor), an Appalachian junior by the name of Leigh Lane Edwards who would always come into the ACT office with a radiant smile and soul. Leigh Lane enthusiasm for community service was contagious. Unfortunately, I never got to tell Leigh Lane how much she inspired me before she passed away in December 2005. Leigh Lane will always be the most memorable inspirational person I've met in life thus far.