Funded Programs

Funded AmeriCorps Programs for the 2015 – 2016 Program Year

 

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 27 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 Heather Siegfried, Recruitment Director, at hsiegfried@cityyear.org

 

CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY SATRUDAY 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.

 

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 Student Success Project places twenty-one quarter-time (450 hour) members in local schools. 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 community assistance. In addition to the quarter-time members, five half-time (900 hour) members either serve in the core office to recruit and support volunteer tutors, be the coordinator for a health initiative at a local elementary school, while also assisting in the expansion of services to the early childhood population of the school, or expand services and programs in assigned schools.

For more information about becoming an AmeriCorps member with the Student Success Project, please contact Becky Brennan Thom at 803.254.9727 or rthom@cism.org

 

EDGEFIELD SCHOOLS MANAGEMENT MENTORS MOVING MOUNTAINS

M3-Mentors Moving Mountains is a mentoring and tutoring program within the Edgefield County School District. This AmeriCorps o initiative program matches high school seniors at Strom Thurmond High with middle school students at the Johnston Edgefield Trenton (JET) middle school who have an area of need in the areas of academics, attendance, and behavior. The goal of this mentoring and tutoring initiative is to increase student academic levels, improve attendance and decrease absenteeism.  It is the program’s beliefs that by focusing on these areas students are likely to become more engaged in school and have a more successful educational experience.  The members of the M3-Mentors Moving Mountains program will mentor and tutor mentees and participate in service projects throughout the community.



 For more information, contact program director Jerrilyn Harmon at 803-275-4601 or at jgharmon@edgefield.k12.sc.us.

 

TEACH FOR AMERICA

Teach For America is a 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 includes more than 10,000 corps members teaching in 50+ regions across the country, and over 40,000 alumni working in education and many other sectors to create the systemic changes that will help end educational inequity. During the program’s 4th year in South Carolina, over 200 corps members served 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.

 Corps members are recruited throughout the year.

 

TRIDENT UNITED WAY

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 where they 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, free tax filing assistance and referrals to other human services organizations.

 AmeriCorps members serve from August to July. Recruitment begins in April and is ongoing until slots are filled.

For more information about becoming an AmeriCorps Member at Trident United Way, please contact Kara Moore, Financial Stability Director at 843-740-9000 or kmoore@tuw.org

 

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.

 

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 at 973-413 7664 or email at RashadP@usca.edu.

 

UNITED WAY OF ANDERSON COUNTY

The United Way of Anderson County AmeriCorps Programs primary focus is on Education in Anderson County. AmeriCorps members are placed in Anderson County School Districts 1, 2, 4, and 5 and 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 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 Jeri Kleckley at 864-331-3861 or jkleckley@unitedwaygc.org or Alex Haymond at ahaymond@unitedwaygc.org.

 

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 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 Valencia Johnson at vjohnson@uwaysumter.org or visit our website at www.uwaysumter.org/americorps.


PLANNING GRANTS

In addition to these funded programs, three organizations have been awareded Planning Grants. The purpose of a Planning Grant is to research the fesiability of hosting a full AmierCorps Program and to prepare an application for the following grant year. This year's Planning Grants will be researching the capabilty to implement programs in four funding areas: Environmental Conservation, Veterans and Military Families, Financial Stability, and Education. The three funding grantees are:

Black River United Way

Palmetto Conservation Foundation

United Way of the Piedmont

 


Other Service Opportunities:     

 

UNITED WAY ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH CAROLINA - 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 Anita Garrett at anita.garrett@uwasc.org.

 

NATIONWIDE

Interested in serving outside of South Carolina? Check the national recruiting portal here, with new opportunities posted throughout the year. Refine your search by selecting preferences on service term, location or social justice issue. Simply select “Search” for all available positions.

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/publicRequestSearch.do

 

 

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