Telstar grad volunteers with FEMA

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Michael Cintron of Andover recently began a 10-month term of national service in FEMA Corps, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program. FEMA Corps provides a boost to the nation’s ability to assist disaster survivors while expanding career opportunities for young people ages 18 to 24. Based out of the Pacific Region campus in Sacramento, Cintron began his first project March 17.

During his 10-month term of service, Cintron, 19 will assist citizens and communities that have been impacted by disasters, as well as provide administrative and logistical support to the nation’s emergency management system. Since the program launched in Fall 2012, FEMA Corps has assisted with a variety of declared disasters, including Hurricane Sandy, 2013’s historic flooding in Colorado, severe storms in Minnesota, tornadoes in Oklahoma, the fertilizer plant explosion in West Texas, fires in California, among many others.

Serving on teams of 10 to 12 people, FEMA Corps members both travel to disaster-affected communities and support longer-term recovery operations across the country. Projects range from helping disaster survivors apply for FEMA assistance to mapping of disaster-stricken areas to sharing disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public.

Cintron arrived at the AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region campus in Sacramento on Feb. 11 and completed three and a half weeks of specialized training in teamwork, leadership development, communication, service learning, and disaster survivor assistance. Cintron will serve on several projects in various locations throughout the United States depending on where a disaster strikes.

Prior to joining FEMA Corps, Cintron graduated from Telstar Regional High School in 2015. Michael said, “I chose a term of national service because helping those in need is the greatest joy in my life.”

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps units engage 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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