This AmeriCorps Week, meet our SolarCorps Fellows!

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March 11, 2019
Members of the 2018-19 SolarCorps Fellowship cohort smile for a group photo

The national SolarCorps Fellowship Program is GRID Alternatives' capstone workforce development program, with an alumni base over 200 people strong! Through their year of service with GRID, SolarCorps Fellows gain valuable experience in the solar and non-profit industries to help launch their renewable energy careers, while making significant contributions to GRID and the low-income communities we serve. In honor of AmeriCorps Week 2019 -- and in recognition of Women's History Month -- we would like to introduce you to six incredible SolarCorps Fellows, many of them women in construction, who are serving across five GRID regions!

 

 


Caitlin McCuskey holds up a sign that reads "Why I serve"
Caitlin McCuskey serves "to connect with and learn from other people"
Name:
Caitlin McCuskey
Title: SolarCorps Construction Fellow
Location: Sacramento, CA

"I want to feel confident with the entire solar process: from application to site visit to design to permit to install to inspection. I want to use this knowledge to continue working in the environmental field, specifically in design. Right now, the beauty of conduit is keeping me up at night, and honing that skill is high on my short term list."

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Darren Uyematsu holds up a sign that reads "Why I serve"
Darren Uyematsu serves because he loves GRID and the people he gets to meet
Name:
Darren Uyematsu
Title: SolarCorps Outreach Fellow
Location: Los Angeles, CA

"SolarCorps has put the wind in my sails again, after having worked job after job after job. It’s reinfused confidence in my life, rather than just sort of floating by, working just to pay the bills. There’s purpose to our work, not just making profit but really doing meaningful work."

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Sophie Brooks holds up a sign that reads "Why I serve"
Sophie Brooks serves "because the future of alternative energy should be accessible to everyone"
Name:
Sophie Brooks
Title: SolarCorps Program Fellow
Location: Riverside, CA
"Before joining SolarCorps, I was a crew leader for Washington Trails Association doing trail maintenance and restoration. As a SolarCorps Program Fellow, I'm getting to learn a little bit of everything, which is what I was hoping for. I'm working towards a career with the National Park Service or the Forest Service, in order to combine my passions for environmental education, conservation, and hard work outside. I hope to be rocking a sick uniform in the near future!" 

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Lacy Cooke holds up a sign that reads "Why I serve"
Lacy Cooke serves "to be a hand-on participant in environmental justice"
Name:
 Lacy Cooke
Title: SolarCorps Construction Fellow
Location: Washington, D.C.

"I'm new to D.C., so in addition to learning as much about the solar industry as I can, I want to learn about my new city and its people and give back in a very tangible way. Solar for low-income families is the perfect fit!"

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Kristina Delgado holds up a sign that reads "Why I serve"
Kristina Delgado serves because she cares about people, planet, and self-improvement
Name:
 Kristina Delgado
Title: SolarCorps Construction Fellow
Location: Chico, CA

"Before joining SolarCorps, I was a crew leader for a landscaping company and I worked in the California Conservation Corps. I want to learn everything I need to know for both ground and roof construction. I would also like to learn design. One day I hope to be an SIS!"

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Briget Arndell smiles in front of a GRID trailer
Joining SolarCorps provided the perfect opportunity for Briget Arndell to make a transition in her career
Name:
 Briget Arndell
Title: SolarCorps Multifamily Development Fellow
Location: Los Angeles, CA

"SolarCorps has completely changed the trajectory of my career. Prior to this I was in higher education. I just kind of realized it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing. When I found GRID and I found the SolarCorps opportunity, it just felt like the perfect way to make my way into the solar industry because it would give me the training, skills, and experience I needed. I really believe that I’m at the beginning of my career in solar renewable energy."

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Thank you to our SolarCorps Fellows, who dedicate their year of service to GRID's mission. The SolarCorps Fellowship Program is part of the AmeriCorps network of programs. SolarCorps is made possible with funding support from AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Bank of America. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. CNCS engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.