Stories of Service

OneStar is proud to recognize the powerful stories of service in our state. 


Chris Guzman
Texas Conservation Corps at American YouthWorks (TxCC)

Age: 19
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Education Level: Just Graduated from American YouthWorks Service Learning Academy Charter High School
Resume Highlights: AmeriCorps! TxCC Conservation Skills. Joe Jerkins Scholarship.
Future Plans: Hotshot Wildland Fire Crew. Bachelor’s of Science in Forestry/Fire Management at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Hobbies: Chainsaw, (I just received a chainsaw from my mom as a graduation gift!) Fire Ecology,  Hiking 
Favorite Quote: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adam Aguirre
Keep Austin Housed – Austin, TX,
St. Paul's Community Development Corporation – Paterson, NJ

Age: 29
Hometown: Wichita Falls, TX
Education Level: B.A. Sociology from Grinnell College
Resume Highlights: Hurricane Relief Case Manager, Case Manager for C.A.R.E. Community AIDS Resources and Education Program, Residential Counselor for Seattle Washington Downtown Emergency Service Center
Future Plans: I plan to continue my career as a firefighter and enjoy life in Austin.
Hobbies: I like to go traveling, hiking, bicycling, and playing with my nephew.
Favorite Quote: Always do what you are afraid to do. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art Serna Jr. 
AmeriCorps Youth Harvest – Rio Grande Valley, TX

Age: 34
Hometown: Kyle, TX
Education Level: Masters
Resume Highlights: Led training programs to improve organizational performance and community impact. Agile builder of training teams and quality assurance systems. Passionate customer service provider to diverse populations of internal and external stakeholders. Deliver instructional design results while providing inspirational leadership in teams and projects. Master of all aspects of Program Management, including revitalizing programming strategies and enlisting game changing partnerships that impact training programs. Team building effectiveness delivering 45% reductions in costs and 38% increases in productivity.
Future Plans: Become a catalyst for wiping out generational, systemic poverty through the effective deployment and sustaining of disruptive educational reform initiatives around the globe over the next 20 years.
Hobbies: Acting, basketball, public speaking, sci-fi, astronomy, traveling
Favorite Quote: "To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." – by Anatole France

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