Funded AmeriCorps Programs for the 2014 – 2015 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.
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 email@example.com.
Upstate Service Corps:
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. Upstate Service Corps 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 four partners and 28 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 one agency or program can do this most challenging work on its own.
Thirty-one 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 Jeri Kleckley at 864-331-3861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foothills AmeriCorps:
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.
As we begin the eigth year of our grant, the tutoring component involves members volunteering five days a week in eight of our feeder schools. The Foothills AmeriCorps members will also be sponsoring community outreach programs in the townships of Campobello, Inman, and Landrum. Partnering with the Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross, the focus of these meetings/programs will be disaster awareness and preparedness for our citizens. The Foothills AmeriCorps members will also be actively engaged in community service projects such as March of Dimes, Relay for Life, and volunteering at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen.
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 committed college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for at least 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 2014-2015 school year includes more than 10,000 corps members teaching in 50 regions across the country, and over 37,000 alumni working in education and many other sectors to create the systemic changes that will help end educational inequity. During our 4th year in South Carolina, over 200 corps members currently serve in the Pee Dee, Orangeburg, and Lowcountry regions. These corps members teach across all subjects and grade levels, ranging from pre-k through 12th grade.
For more information on the Teach For America South Carolina region, please contact the Teach For America – South Carolina Program Director, Miranda Moyer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Year is an education 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 are in schools full-time as tutors, mentors and role models. 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, we serve in Richland 1 and Lexington 4 school districts of Columbia.
AmeriCorps members work with children in elementary schools in Beaufort and Jasper Counties, serving as academic tutors and mentors helping youth improve reading skills. 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 email@example.com.
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. Twenty AmeriCorps members will provide tutoring to students in Lee County at three elementary schools and in Sumter County at eight elementary schools and one after-school program.
Interested AmeriCorps applicants must be 18 years of age and have some college education or be a retiree. Criminal background checks are required. Applications are accepted year round with the grant year running August 1 through July 31.
For more information about becoming an AmeriCorps member at United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties, please contact Stephanie Bomar at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.uwaysumter.org/americorps.
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
The Communities in Schools Student Success Project will place 30 AmeriCorps members to help students achieve in school. Twenty-five of these members will serve 450 hours as case managers to link elementary, middle and high school level students with integrated student services who are identified as off-track in attendance behavior and/or course achievement.
For more information, contact program director Becky Thom at 803-254-9727 or email@example.com.
USC-AIKEN SATURDAY ACADEMY
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. 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.
For more information about this program, please contact Rashad Paige, Program Director at 973-413 7664 or email at RashadP@usca.edu.
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 who are also military service veterans. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDGEFIELD SCHOOLS MANAGEMENT MENTORS MOVING MOUNTAINS
UWASC VISTA EARNS
Rural communities and inner cities often have the highest rates of poverty. In part, this is due to a lack of access to the resources that help an individual break the cycle of poverty. By serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the UWASC VISTA EARNS program, you will be an agent of change that will build the infrastructure to make these opportunities a new possibility. VISTA Members will serve with partner organizations across South Carolina to launch projects that will increase the capacity and sustainability of their services.
This is a wonderful opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and gain experience in the non-profit sector. The United Way Association of South Carolina is recruiting candidates with strong written and verbal communication skills, who will empower communities, leverage resources, and build capacity for sustainable social change. For more information or to apply, please contact Amanda McSwine at email@example.com.