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The benefits that individuals serving with an AmeriCorps SC program are eligible to recieve are listed below, and are further outlined in this short video:
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2020 - 2021 AmeriCorps SC Programs
Below is a description of each of the current AmeriCorps SC programs serving the state.
Growing Great Readers Program
Black River United Way's Growing Great Readers (GGR) program 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 purpose is to provide struggling readers at local elementary schools with highly trained AmeriCorps tutors and volunteers to ensure that children advance to reading grade level before third grade and close reading gaps. The Growing Great Readers program continues to have success in helping students improve in reading literacy by offering small group supplemental instruction, one-on-one tutoring and skills focused tutoring with our members and volunteers in-person and virtually. Many of our AmeriCorps Members not only learn new skills but are able to serve students in a way that benefits the entire community.
As an AmeriCorps Member, you can expect to receive:
- Personal and Professional Development
- Experience in elementary school environment or with an educational nonprofit
- Opportunity to be a part of a national service movement
- Gain Access to more Job Opportunities
- See true IMPACT in your community
United Way of Anderson County
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United Way of the Piedmont
Through United Way of the Piedmont's AmeriCorps Program, AmeriCorps members serve as Financial Stability Navigators at local organizations in the Piedmont region of South Carolina to address critical community needs related to economic opportunity. Members directly serve low-income households by providing care coordination and financial literacy services, preparing and filing income tax returns for free, and assisting households to apply for state and federal benefits. Details and Apply Here!
Midlands Reading Consortium
The Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) is a direct service program of United Way of the Midlands. MRC addresses low reading proficiency by supplementing and enhancing shared reading experiences to ignite a love of reading and improve reading engagement for elementary school students. MRC improves reading engagement through a variety of strategies such as one-to-one reading sessions, guest reading opportunities, incentives to support summer reading camps, book donations, the ‘Be a Book Bunny’ program, company read-for-a-day events, reading nooks, and family engagement events. AmeriCorps Members will enroll prekindergarten to second grade students in one-to-one reading engagement sessions with district approved volunteers, engage parents about the importance of reading at home, increase home libraries through book distribution, and promote literacy through general outreach and community engagement in Richland and Lexington Counties.
We are looking for applicants of all ages (17+) from various backgrounds who are comfortable working with young children and desire to make an impact in the community. AmeriCorps Members will receive specialized trainings on early childhood literacy, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), mandated reporting, racial equity and inclusion, and nonprofit leadership. Details and How to Apply!
Mental Health America of Greenville County
Mental Health America of Greenville County (MHAGC) is a nonprofit organization that positively impacts mental health through advocacy, awareness, and service in Upstate SC. MHAGC provides consumer support services for individuals living with chronic mental illness and operates a 24/7 CRISISline and TEENline phone/online chat/texting service to provide nonjudgmental listening and information on community resources. MHAGC’s AmeriCorps Program exists to more directly support consumers of its services and to decrease the number of CRISISline and TEENline’s missed requests for service. AmeriCorps Members serve in a variety of roles, including directly working with support service consumers, volunteer recruitment and coordination, and serving as a CRISISline/TEENline phone worker in both part time and full time service positions. Details and How to Apply!
Lancaster Promise Neighborhood AmeriCorps Project
The Promise Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program is designed to empower, educate, & develop its member in the heart of service. The desire to be positive change in a constantly evolving world has to be your goal for serving. The program is designed to give individuals the opportunity to serve in local & state level project endeavors. Members will do direct service at three of our local schools. Members will utilize the Read Right skill set to increase literacy with the students served. The AmeriCorps Members will receive training in the Read Right Program to be able to successfully provide reading instruction to the target population of students. Read Right tutoring will be conducted in small groups at each of the sites. AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to grow and learn in different environments. The Promise Neighborhood Initiative will provide numerous opportunities to serve within the community. These resources will help foster career & personal growth for members & ideally produce a positive lifelong impact on the members serving. After serving a year with LPN AmeriCorps you will leave empowered to share service on the next level of positive change. Details and Apply Here!
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United Way of the Lowcountry
Early grade reading is the key to academic achievement, and United Way of the Lowcountry is working to support the education of all children in our communities. The United Way of the Lowcountry “Read Indeed!” Early Grade Reading program is recruiting individuals who are committed to serving their community by becoming a Member of the AmeriCorps program. Our AmeriCorps Members serve as reading tutors in local elementary schools, providing small group and one-on-one literacy tutoring to students in pre-K and kindergarten through third grade in Beaufort and Jasper counties. AmeriCorps Members are a core group of tutors who serve the entire school year. Because they are in the schools several days each week, they provide continuity and stability to the program. As an AmeriCorps Member, you can make a big impact by helping students become better readers. Details and How to Apply Here!
Reading Success AmeriCorps Program
Reading Success AmeriCorps members are dynamic, energetic individuals who are committed to serving our Tri-County community with a focus on literacy interventions for grades K-3 in the local elementary schools and after school programs. Members provide meaningful and structured literacy activities through one-on-one and/or small group tutoring sessions. The positive impacts of the program have been evident not only through increased reading levels but have also been apparent in improved behavior and attendance with the students who have received tutoring services. Members have opportunities to participate in on-going professional development in the areas of literacy, childhood behaviors, and family engagement which will enhance their understanding of the population served. The professional development is provided by education specialists associated with the area schools.
We are looking for dedicated individuals who can serve as positive role models while serving the children in our communities. If you are 18 years or older with a High School Diploma or GED and are able to provide 10 to 20 hours per week (during the school year) to serving in your community, then this program could be for you. Apply Here or contact the program director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trident United Way
Trident United Way’s Financial Stability Program serves individuals and families in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties by supporting their journey towards financial stability. We understand that living at or below poverty level fosters an unstable and sometimes chaotic daily life for individuals and families. That is why our program is committed to addressing the current economic hardships and provide financial education by leveraging the unique strengths of the Trident United Way system and its community partners to make a difference in the lives of people. AmeriCorps Members in our program, serve as Family Navigators within community agencies providing services that help clients address their basic needs, increase their basic skills, and increase their income. Details and How to Appy Here!
Palmetto Conservation CorpsThe 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. Corps experiences include hands on trail building and maintenance, Wilderness First Aid, CPR & AED training, camping, invasive species mitigation, and so much more! Details and How to Apply Here!
AmeriCorps Upstate is building a dynamic team of service-minded, results-driven candidates who will provide direct financial stability services to low-income individuals and families throughout the Upstate of SC, leading them into economic mobility. To increase access to economic mobility, our team is trained to provide three main services to individuals in need. Resource navigation includes basic case management, benefits application assistance, and case management. We offer basic financial literacy education both in classroom and individual settings. Finally, team members are trained through IRS curriculum to provide free income tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Selected candidates will be matched with host organizations across 4 Upstate counties: Greenville, Anderson, Laurens, and Pickens for a year of full-time service. Team members have the opportunity to learn from experts in the nonprofit field, gain practical experience in community and economic development, community outreach, and more. This is a great opportunity for recent graduates, veterans, retirees, or anyone who is interested in starting a career in the nonprofit field. If you have the desire to serve others and have skills or experience related to social services, human services, case management, or community organization, you would be a great fit for our program. Details and How to Apply Here!
The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE)
Are you ready to make a difference? Do you enjoy working with high school students? Our College and Career Opportunity Coaches (CCOC) mentor selected 11th and 12th grade students as they plan for their continued education or career training beyond high school.
Help each student determine which college or program best fits their needs and work with them through all phases of preparation: increasing standardized test scores, completing program applications, gaining access to funding to pay for post-secondary education, and developing skills that will ensure continued success. CCOC will serve at least 900 hours over the 2020-21 academic year. Details and How to Apply!