VINTON, Iowa — Emma Prichard, originally from Belgrade, has joined 220 individuals from across the U.S. in Vinton, Iowa, where they are devoting the next 10 months to giving back to communities in the north central region.

Prichard joined the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program, in February. She has gone through intensive training to serve in communities. The four-week training period emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, diversity and service learning.

The Corps members completed their training March 8 and were officially inducted into the AmeriCorps NCCC program with the ceremony at Vinton-Shellsburg High School.

Prichard and her team are serving with YMCA Storer Camps in Jackson, Mich. until May 11, as cabin leaders for school groups and removing invasive species.

Prichard graduated from Messalonskee High School in 2007 and University of New Hampshire in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in anthropology and international affairs and minors in Italian and Asian studies.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, members work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.

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