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Keeping our eye on ... Erika Roberts.

Erika Roberts has a passion for community building and gets to do exactly that as a recruiter, promoter and relationship builder for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in Vicksburg.

The NCCC is a federal community service program for young adults across the country and Roberts' Vicksburg campus is comprised of 400 members currently serving in 11 states. In addition to spreading the word about the group, Roberts also helped oversee the nation's first FEMA Corps class at its graduation last month. Members gained experience helping victims following Hurricane Isaac and the devastating Hattiesburg tornado.

"NCCC is a great opportunity for young people to make a difference helping people," Roberts says. The program is also a good resume builder and even offers money for college.

A native of Shreveport, La., Roberts earned a journalism degree from Louisiana State University and spent the next twenty years in a variety of state and private PR and HR positions.

Roberts and her husband live in Clinton and enjoy volunteering with Jackson Inner-City Gardeners, walking and spending time with their four athletic children.

Roberts advises young professionals to always do their best regardless of the significance of their job. "Shine like you've never shined before," she says. "Unwrap and use the breadth of your talents and skills ... Doors will open."

Age: 42

Community Relations Specialist, National Civilian Community Corps

Favorite hangout spots: Ross Barnett Reservoir

Best thing about Mississippi: "Southern hospitality at its finest."

Best Mississippi event Stray At Home Arts and Music Festival in Jackson

Favorite Mississippi food: Fried catfish

Childhood dream job: Actress, magazine writer

First job even Restaurant server

Favorite TV show: "The Cosby Show"

Favorite movie: "The Great Debaters"

Favorite music Donnie McClurkin

Bucket list Vacation in Alaska

Twitter handle: @jiggarden

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Title Annotation:Profiles of growing young professionals in Mississippi
Comment:Keeping our eye on ... Erika Roberts.(Profiles of growing young professionals in Mississippi)
Author:McDill, Stephen
Publication:Mississippi Business Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U6MS
Date:Jul 12, 2013
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