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New AmeriCorps members at the IRC in Charlottesville

Welcome to IRC, Mark, Sydney, and Becca!

Photo: Kiri Van Lengen-Welty/IRC

The IRC in Charlottesville is pleased to welcome three new AmeriCorps members to our team this month! Members serve year-long placements in non-profits throughout the United States, working to empower low-income communities through improved access to education, health services and employment programs. At the IRC in Charlottesville, members provide administrative and programmatic support to our Employment and Family Support teams.

Becca Fredrick – Intensive Case Management AmeriCorps

Becca Fredrick was born and raised in Charlottesville, and returned to town after graduating from Wesleyan University in 2014 with a degree in biological anthropology. She has always been interested in foreign language and culture, and began volunteering as an IRC English tutor in early 2017. The experience was incredibly fulfilling, and prompted her to apply for an AmeriCorps position. Outside of work, she is an avid fiddler, violinist, and occasional pipe organist, and loves exploring different styles of world music. She is overjoyed to be joining the IRC team and looks forward to the year to come!

Sydney Outzen – Job Training AmeriCorps

Sydney Outzen is a Virginia native and is excited to be joining IRC as the Job Training AmeriCorps member. Most recently, she worked as an intelligence analyst with the federal government and loves having a commute that does not require driving on the Beltway. Sydney graduated with a BA in International Relations and Arabic from Brigham Young University in 2014 and has volunteered, mainly as a tutor, in non-profit settings since high school. She and her husband are relocating to Charlottesville while he attends the University of Virginia, and they look forward to taking advantage of the nearby hiking while living in the area. Sydney has long been interested in working more closely with refugee populations, and is ready to apply both her professional background and volunteer experience to the IRC’s mission.

Mark Duda – Job Placement AmeriCorps

Mark Duda will be serving as a Job Placement AmeriCorps. He grew up in Harrisonburg, and recently graduated from UVA, where he majored in Global Development Studies and English. At UVA, he volunteered in a program that matches students with new English speakers in the community as conversation partners, and worked on research projects in Peru and Tanzania—all experiences that helped inspire him to pursue a career in human rights, aid, and development. In his free time, he likes to run, spend time outdoors, and read. Mark is very much looking forward to working with IRC staff, clients, and volunteers during this upcoming year.