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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 through-out the 2013-2014 school year.
This year, we have over fifty seniors from Chapman and Landrum High School who were selected to become members. The selection process is based on application, essay, three teacher recommendations, 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 2014, they will also receive a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2013-2014 school year includes more than 11,000 corps members teaching in 48 regions across the country, and 32,000 alumni working in education and many other sectors to create the systemic changes that will help end educational inequity. During our 3rd year in South Carolina, over 190 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 email@example.com.
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.
UNITED WAY OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
41 AmeriCorps members (16 minimum-time, 23 quarter-time, and 2 half-time), will leverage an additional 300 volunteers to provide tutoring, mentoring, reading services and resource support for approximately 600 students at eight elementary schools located in Beaufort and Jasper counties in South Carolina. This will result in a student to volunteer ratio of 2-3 students for every volunteer. Tutoring is on site.
By September 2016, it is anticipated that: 80% of students in the eight identified Beaufort and Jasper County elementary schools will enter the 4th grade reading on grade level based on the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) standards, and the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS).
Interested AmeriCorps applicants must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. 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 the Lowcountry, please contact Carly Grubbs at firstname.lastname@example.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. Twenty AmeriCorps members will provide tutoring to students in Lee County at the elementary schools and Sumter County at five elementary schools and two after-school programs.
Interested AmeriCorps applicants must be 18 years of age and have some college education. Criminal background checks and drug testing 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 email@example.com.