2016-2017 AmeriCorps SC Programs

Each one of our programs is selected through a competitive grant process that occurs in the spring of each year. Commissioners carefully review grant applications and select programs based on ability to address South Carolina’s most pressing needs. If you are interested in bringing AmeriCorps to your community, find more information here.

Currently, the Commission funds 15 programs throughout the state which address the following focus areas:

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AmeriCorps Programs typically recruit in the spring and summer and begin in the fall; however, there are many programs that recruit year-round and have flexible start dates.


Black River United Way

Growing Great Readers is a first year program that offers a high quality, comprehensive, research based, English literacy-tutoring program that supports students, families, and the communities of Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties. GGR’s mission is to provide low-income schools with AmeriCorps tutors to ensure that children advance to grade level in reading before third grade. GGR members tutor one-on-one or in small groups with kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students identified as needing additional support in reading. Members receive a well-rounded service experience. The Growing Great Readers Program recruits AmeriCorps members for both full-time and part-time positions.

For more information contact Donna Anderson at 843-546-6317 or email her at donna@blackriveruw.org.


City Year

City Year is an education organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service. At City Year's 28 locations across the United States and three international affiliates, we partner with public schools in high-poverty communities to help kids graduate from high school, ready for college or a career. Our corps members work in schools full-time – from the first bell though the afterschool program. More than 80% are recent college graduates – hired through a selective process – and get more than 300 hours of professional training. They learn how to tutor and help kids develop life skills, like teamwork and setting goals, that are important in school and out. Alongside teachers and school leaders, we give kids more individualized attention and promote a positive culture throughout the whole school. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, corps members are uniquely able, as near peers, to help students and schools succeed. In South Carolina, AmeriCorps Members serve in Richland 1 and Lexington 4 school districts of Columbia.

For more information about applying, visit our website at www.cityyear.org/columbia or contact Shanon Ford, Admissions Director, at sford@cityyear.org or Heather Turner, Recruitment Director, at hturner1@cityyear.org.


Communities in Schools of the Midlands

The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Students whose academic, social, and basic life needs are not met often struggle  to achieve in school.

The Communities In Schools of the Midlands’ AmeriCorps Program places twenty-two Quarter Time (450 hour) members in elementary, middle or high schools in Richland and Lexington counties. These members serve as case managers, linking students identified as off-track in attendance, behavior, and/or course achievement to integrated student services. Integrated student services are a school-based approach to promoting non-academic barriers to achievement. These resources include well-known, traditional supports such as tutoring and mentoring, as well as other supports, such as connecting students with health care and linking families to parent education classes, food banks, and other types of community assistance. Additionally, there will be five Reduced Half Time (675 hour) members, one assigned to each school to serve as case manager site leads. One Reduced Half Time member will serve in the core office to recruit and support volunteers.

For more information about becoming an AmeriCorps member with Communities In Schools of the Midlands, please contact Program Coordinator Becky Brennan Thom at 803-254-9727 or at rthom@cism.org.


Claflin University Saturday Academy

Claflin Saturday Academy is an AmeriCorps program operating through the School of Education at Claflin University. The goal of Claflin Saturday Academy is to engage volunteers as tutors to improve student achievement in reading and writing at the middle school level. The Academy will offer supplemental group instruction and individual tutoring by qualified and trained AmeriCorps members in reading and writing to middle school students. Each member selected will be trained to tutor students as set forth by the guidelines of the program. Members are comprised primarily of college level students but any qualified individual may apply. Unlike many tutoring programs that focus on subject matter, Claflin Saturday Academy is designed to enhance students reading and writing skills through interactive instruction and tutoring. Claflin Saturday Academy is held on Saturday morning from 9:00AM-5:00PM at the Claflin University campus. AmeriCorps Members are recruited during the first few weeks of school.

For more information about how to become an AmeriCorps member at Claflin University, please contact Sierra Wald at waldsierram@gmail.com.


Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Reading Partners has been a part of the Charleston educational landscape since 2013, when we merged with Book Buddies. We are committed to ensuring that Charlestonians can look forward to a bright future by working closely with Charleston County School District leaders, the philanthropic community, and families. In 2016-2017, Reading Partners will deliver programming to 20 Title 1 elementary schools across Charleston and Lake City with 35 AmeriCorps members serving as Literacy Leads, Site Coordinators, Regional Site Coordinators, and Volunteer Coordinators. 

Learn more about joining our team here or contact Dorian Mastrogany, Senior National AmeriCorps Recruiter atdorian.mastrogany@readingpartners.org.here or contact Dorian Mastrogany, Senior National AmeriCorps Recruiter atdorian.mastrogany@readingpartners.org.


Teach For America

Teach For America’s mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. We recruit remarkable and diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities. They commit to teach for two years and are hired by our partner public schools across the country. During these two years they are called corps members. We train and support corps members in the practices of great teachers and leaders. With hard work, perseverance, and strong partnerships with their students, students’ families, and communities, corps members can dramatically increase the opportunities available to their students in school and in life. Corps members don’t just teach their students, they learn from them. At the end of two years, they use those lessons to choose their path forward. Many stay in the classroom. Others move into politics, school leadership, nonprofit work, advocacy, and more. All of their paths matter because together they form a network—connecting, expanding, and strengthening the movement to give all kids access to a great education.

Learn here for more: https://www.teachforamerica.org/


USC-Aiken Saturday Academy

USC-Aiken Saturday Academy is an AmeriCorps program operating through the School of Education at University of South Carolina Aiken. The goal of USC-Aiken Saturday Academy is to engage volunteers as tutors to improve student achievement in reading and writing at the middle school level. The Academy will offer supplemental group instruction and individual tutoring by qualified and trained AmeriCorps members in reading and writing to middle school students. Each member selected will be trained to tutor students as set forth by the guidelines of the program. Members are comprised primarily of college level students but any qualified individual may apply.

Saturday Academy will be held on the campus of the University of South Carolina- Aiken and operates from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a one hour lunch break during the regular school year. Members will be required to attend the weekly debriefing sessions, weekly planning session, and Saturday Academy each week. The Saturday Academy member will directly serve the students from the surrounding middle schools. All members will have the opportunity to serve as a team leader. The team leader facilitates classroom instruction while the other members tutor one-on-one with the middle school students. All Saturday Academy members will be supervised by the Program Director/Principal Investigator. USC-Aiken Saturday Academy is a quarter-time AmeriCorps program which looks to recruit 60 volunteers as AmeriCorps members. Members are required to serve 450 hours of service over the course of one program year. The program year runs from August 1st to July 31st. 

For more information about this program, please contact Rashad Paige, Program Director here or email at RashadP@usca.edu.


United Way of Anderson County

The United Way of Anderson County AmeriCorps Program's primary focus is on Education in Anderson County. AmeriCorps members are placed in Anderson County School Districts 1, 2, 4, and 5 to serve youth who are struggling academically. Our members provide tutoring assistance to students on and around the 3rd grade level. This is to help provide students with a solid foundation of reading and comprehension skills. The program also engages members in volunteer recruitment, training, management, and placement activities in order to increase the capacity of the program to serve more students.Interested AmeriCorps applicants must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. Criminal background checks and drug testing are required. Applications are accepted through October 15th with the grant year running August 1 through July 31.

For more information about becoming an AmeriCorps member at United Way of Anderson County, Please contact Brandy Singleton at 864-226-3438 or brandy.singleton@uwandersoncty.com.


United Way of the Lowcountry

AmeriCorps members support the United Way of the Lowcountry Early Grade Reading initiative by tutoring in eight local elementary schools in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. Members, along with community volunteers, work with students in kindergarten through third grade to improve reading skills and ensure that students are reading on grade level by the time they enter fourth grade. The program benefits from the added continuity and stability that the AmeriCorps members provide. AmeriCorps members who are college students can earn internship credit that is required for graduation. In addition to their direct service activities, members also participate in monthly team meetings and perform outside service activities at local non-profit organizations.Interested AmeriCorps applicants must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. Criminal background checks are required.

For more information about becoming an AmeriCorps member at United Way of the Lowcountry, please contact Carly Grubbs at 843-837-2000 or cgrubbs@uwlowcountry.org.


United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee

The United Way Reading Success AmeriCorps Program is a literacy tutoring program for students in kindergarten through third grade who are economically disadvantaged and/or from a rural community. AmeriCorps members provide tutoring to students in Lee County at three elementary schools and in Sumter County at five elementary schools, three afterschool PERKS sites, and one after-school program.Interested AmeriCorps applicants must be 18 years of age, high school diploma or GED, or be a retiree. Some college is preferred but not required. Additionally, members must have their own transportation. Criminal background checks are required. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from August 1 to February 15.

For more information about becoming an AmeriCorps member at United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties, please contact Valencia Johnson at vjohnson@uwaysumter.org or visit our website at www.uwaysumter.org/americorps.



Palmetto Conservation Foundation

The Palmetto Conservation Corps is the first trail based conservation corps for young adults stationed out of South Carolina. The Palmetto Conservation Corps is dedicated to developing future conservation leaders through education and service. The Corps works to improve public lands and communities through conservation projects, community partnerships and outreach, service-learning, and environmental education.In this program, AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to complete hands-on service in trail building, disaster relief, environmental education, invasive species mitigation, and service-learning while also developing your leadership skills. Housing is provided, as is transportation to and from service sites.

For more information about the Palmetto Conservation Corps, please contact Rachel Price at rprice@palmettoconservation.org or 803-771-0870.


The Sustainability Institute

The Sustainability Institute's Veterans Conservation Corps trains U.S. military service veterans in energy efficiency building and retrofitting practices – and provides these services locally to income-qualified homeowners. Corps Members will also have the opportunity to experience various branches (including solar applications, efficient heating and air-conditioning techniques and historic home energy retrofitting) of the energy conservation industry during their terms of service.

By the end of the program year, Corps Members will have made energy efficiency upgrades to more than ten low-income homes and have earned marketable certifications that will ensure that every graduate will gain employment within one year of completing the program. The program will launch new member cohorts during the months of October and April, annually. Program Recruiting takes place in the months prior to both starting months.

For more information, contact program manager Jay Bell at 843-747-5885 or jay@sustainabilityinstitutesc.org.



SBP is a national nonprofit that shortens the time between disaster and recovery. SBP’s South Carolina AmeriCorps Program meets the needs of low to moderate-income families living in the Midlands that were impacted by the fall of 2015 floods. AmeriCorps members provide volunteer recruitment and coordination, client services, supply and tool delivery, and residential reconstruction services to complete construction for residents who would lack the resources to recover on their own.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the SBP website http://www.stbernardproject.org/join-americorps.html or apply here: https://www.formstack.com/forms/sbp-americorps.




Trident United Way

The AmeriCorps Financial Stability Project at Trident United Way serves individuals and families in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties on their paths towards financial stability. Client services include: addressing basic needs, increasing basic skills, increasing income, increasing savings, and gaining and sustaining assets. Members serve as family navigators in community agencies, schools, and prosperity centers and operate within a network of 400+ partners to provide referrals, assistances, and skill development.

Individuals interested in learning more about the program or serving should visit www.tuw.org/americorps.


United Way of Greenville

The ability for low-wage earners to access benefits, save money toward building assets, develop new job skills, and receive the necessary tax credits are all strategies for helping people achieve financial independence. AmeriCorps Upstate seeks to address the current economic hardships of seven counties in South Carolina by leveraging the unique strengths of the United Way system and community partners in order to make a difference in the lives of people.

The United Way partners and host sites that make up this collaborative understand the vital need for partnering, sharing best practices, leveraging resources, and getting measurable results. It is with that understanding that the collaborative has come together and committed itself to the AmeriCorps program, knowing that no single agency or program can do this most challenging work on its own. AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 1,000 volunteers to provide financial stability services to low-income residents in Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, Anderson and Laurens counties.

For more information, contact Alex Haymond at ahaymond@unitedwaygc.org.

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