Posted on April 4, 2018 by Jana Schwartz

The Mayor of the City of San Antonio Ron Nirenberg proclaimed April 3 as National Service Recognition Day to honor all AmeriCorps VISTA and SeniorCorps volunteers for their dedication to making a positive impact in their communities.

As the proclamation states, over 325,000 AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps volunteers engage in national service at more than 50,000 locations across the country. Their work is vital to the economic and social well-being of the residents in local regions and across the nation.

Photo of proclamation

Marcos was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico and is a first-generation U.S. citizen and veteran of the United States Air Force. Last year, he was selected as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG). As a paid economic development intern, he is responsible for implementing an economic development plan for impoverished communities in Frio and Medina Counties. AACOG partners with the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to provide an economic development intern for the City of Pleasanton, in Atascosa County and other economically distressed communities. The goal of the VISTA is to build capacity in rural, economically distressed communities to alleviate poverty and reduce unemployment.

Marcos Mendoza holding proclamation

“These are the opportunities that truly signify how obtaining an education through an outstanding university like UTSA does for individuals who inspire to be community leaders to serve others,” Marcos said.

Marcos has a graduate certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship and Management. He was a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society Alpha Phi Sigma and will graduate this May with his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology. He will be traveling to Italy to represent UTSA as part of the College of Business International Immersion Program – European Innovation Academy. Marcos will have the opportunity to work closely with the top entrepreneurs and business leaders from all over the world.

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— Jana Schwartz