Outstanding Commission Staff Award – Jeanine Yard

The recJeanine Yardipient for the Outstanding Commission Staff Award is Jeanine Yard, who is the Senior AmeriCorps Program officer at Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC).

“Jeanine is a tremendous advocate for AmeriCorps programs. She takes great care to understand the work being done, the members performing the service, and the impacts that are made for individuals and the community. It’s her passion and commitment that helps ensure that Commissioners will support and continue to advocate for AmeriCorps in Michigan.” — Carolyn BLoodworth, MCSC Board Chair

For more than seven years, Jeanine Yard has provided grant oversite, training and technical assistance to AmeriCorps programs. She spent six years as a Learn and Serve Program Officer at the MCSC, where she provided support and guidance to school districts and community organizations engaged in service learning. Jeanine has 30+ years of experience working with nonprofit management, national service, and youth development programs. Her passion is for developing models and methods for program replications and sustainability, fostering the professional development of AmeriCorps members and program staff, and building partnerships to create lasting community impact.

The staff hold her in great respect because of her knowledge and ability to navigate the complexities of grant administration. Because of her exemplary leadership, she was recently promoted to Senior Program Officer. She maintains strong communication with the AmeriCorps team and entire MCSC staff, helps develop effective staff meetings, and ensures all staff are aware of important issues that impact their success.

Jeanine holds a “big picture” focus and is always considering ways to strengthen not only AmeriCorps programs and Comission initiatives, but also the field as a whole. During her time as a Learn and Serve Program Officer, she co-created a sustainability rubric for schools engaged in service-learning, which took them from planning to implementation to institutionalization. This innovative tool was utilized by other organizations across the country as well as by RMC Research for schools. She has developed several other tools and trainings to help strengthen the national service field over the last several years. She helped design and implement the Education Symposium in October 2011 that brought together national service programs working to increase educational outcomes for Michigan’s youth. Jeanine hopes to replicate this success with Economic Opportunity programs in the future. She excels at and understands the value in bringing together individuals and organizations that have a similar mission and goals.

We commend Jeanine for her hard work! It is greatly appreciated.



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