Kiara Alexis receives Corpsmember of the Year Award in Washington, DC

Civicorps’ Kiara Alexis was honored this week as one of six national Corpsmember of the Year award recipients at the Corps Network 2018 National Conference in Washington, DC.

Watch Kiara share her story in an inspiring speech. As a mother, an author, a recycling driver, and now a union apprentice with Waste Management, Kiara has become a role model to other women who want to enter this male-dominated field.

While in DC, Kiara has been meeting with other Corpsmembers and leaders from across the country as well as meeting our representatives like Congresswoman Barbara Lee!

From left to right: Brian Hickey, CFO; Alan Lessik, Executive Director;Congresswoman Barbara Lee, 13th District; Kiara Alexis; Yvette Arroyo-Agradano, Career Pathways Coordinator

Kiara’s Speech:

Growing up in Oakland, CA was pretty rough for me. My mother was a single parent raising four children on her own.  The neighborhood was corrupted by drugs, gangs and violence but this was no excuse for my siblings and I to fall short and become a product of our environment.  Although my mother worked, we had very little and it still amazes me how she managed to keep a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs.  Watching her work so hard, always putting her children first, instilled hard work and selflessness in my heart. Read more…


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