Funded AmeriCorps Programs for the 2012 – 2013 Program Year
The United Way of Anderson County grant focuses on school completion. Fourteen AmeriCorps members are placed in a variety of nonprofit organizations and schools in Anderson County to serve (1) youth who are struggling academically, (2) adults in school completion programs and GED classes, and (3) young mothers who are seeking college degrees with all programs having a mentoring and/or tutoring component for participants.
The Financial Stability Project (FSP) of Trident United Way (TUW) uses a sequential and interrelated continuum framework of interventions that create sustainable change. The framework begins with addressing basic needs, then increasing basic skills, followed by increasing income, increasing savings and finally gaining and sustaining assets.
AmeriCorps members serve as FSP Navigators and are placed in hub facilities and help individuals and families gain access to resources that mitigate financial or family crisis and support stability. Navigators help identify and recruit individuals for a range of adult education classes, including GED and WorkKeys, offered in their hubs. They also assist individuals with identifying resources necessary to help them become financially stable, such as emergency assistance, access to benefits and educational/employment preparation opportunities and referrals to the Volunteer Income Tax Association (VITA) Coalition and other human services.
Twenty Corps members serve as tutors and mentors to Kindergarten to 5th grade students in six schools in Lancaster County. In addition, AmeriCorps members provide community service in collaboration with local faith based organizations and conduct community volunteer recruitment activities, complete disaster preparedness training, and receive CPR Training. Members must be able to serve 7:30AM To 2:00PM (during school hours), have a high school diploma or GED, and have at least 60 hours of college credit. Members will serve from August 15 2011 to May 18 2012.
For more information about how to become an AmeriCorps member at Lancaster County School District, please contact Dr. Patrice Robinson at Patrice.email@example.com.
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.
For more information about how to become an AmeriCorps member at Claflin University, please contact Brad Aull at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the United Way of Greenville County-Pickens County AmeriCorps program is Financial Stability. Twenty-seven members split between Greenville County and Pickens County serve within community agencies to provide direct service to residents. Members serve in the following programs: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), The Benefit Bank, Individual Development Account program (IDA), Communities in Schools, Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University, and Greenville Dreams.
Our program is operated on a yearly basis beginning in August and ending in July of the following year. Recruitment efforts are focused in the May –July timeframe, but we welcome inquiries throughout the year.
For more information about how to become an AmeriCorps member at United Way of Greenville and United Way of Pickens County, please contact Rebecca Lambert at email@example.com.
Project HOPE is based in the United Way of Florence County. The mission of Project HOPE is to improve the quality of the local workforce by providing intensive service, training, and advocacy that will increase employ-ability and self sufficiency.
Project HOPE AmeriCorps Members will tackle the persistent unemployment in Florence County by: a) offering economically-disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to have the AmeriCorps experience and supporting their search for employment; b) providing job skills training and job search and job placement assistance for economically-disadvantaged individuals who are unemployed; c) providing literacy training for unemployed individuals testing Below Basic; d) providing housing repairs and improvements for economically-disadvantaged individuals, especially seniors, veterans and the disabled.
For more information about how to become an AmeriCorps member with Project Hope in Florence, please contact Les Echols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foothills AmeriCorps Program serves the most rural, northwestern section of Spartanburg County, which consists of several small, rural communities. The program's 70 AmeriCorps members are all high school seniors who attend Spartanburg County School District One.
The Foothills AmeriCorps Program is designed to meet the needs of our district community by focusing on three very important issues: (1) Tutoring underachieving elementary and middle school students to become academically successful, (2) Planning and implementing disaster preparedness programs and activities, which help expand citizens’ knowledge in emergency preparedness and safety and lead to the strengthening of homeland security in communities. (3) Sponsoring and/or participating in community capacity-building service projects that address unmet human needs throughout the country.
This year, we have seventy seniors from Chapman and Landrum High School who were selected to become members. The selection process is based on application, essay, three teacher recommendations, HSAP scores and a willingness and true desire to help the community they live in. In exchange for their service throughout the year, members receive a monthly stipend and upon completion of at least 300 volunteer hours by June 2012, they will also receive a $1175.00 scholarship to the college or university of their choice in the fall.
For more information about how to become an AmeriCorps member at Spartanburg School District One, please contact Travis Gregg at email@example.com.
TEACH FOR AMERICA
Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.
Teach For America’s network in the 2012-13 school year includes 10,000 corps members teaching in 46 regions across the country and nearly 28,000 alumni working in education and many other sectors to create the systemic changes that will help end educational inequity. In South Carolina, corps members currently serve in the Pee Dee region.
For more information, contact the Teach For America – South Carolina Executive Director, Josh Bell, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit teachforamerica.org to apply to the corps.
For more information, or on how to apply to the corps, please visit teachforamerica.org. For more information about how to become an AmeriCorps member with Teach for America is South Carolina, please contact Miranda Moyer at email@example.com.
City Year is an educational focused, non-profit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. At City Year's 26 locations across the United States and two international affiliates, teams of young people called corps members are full-time in schools for 10 months as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, corps members are uniquely able to help students and schools suceed. In South Carolina, we serve in Richland 1 and Lexington 4 school districs of Columbia.
For more information about applying, visit our website at www.cityyear.org/columbia or contact Heather Siegfried at firstname.lastname@example.org.