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AmeriCorps State Programs

AmeriCorps Members at Work in Mississippi

AmeriCorps Members are Getting Things Done in Mississippi

Volunteer Mississippi awards AmeriCorps State grants to organizations throughout the state addressing Mississippi’s greatest needs. AmeriCorps (AC) programs offer individuals a unique opportunity to improve communities through service. State-administered AmeriCorps programs offer skills training, continuing education and other benefits that enable members to better serve local needs while gaining valuable work experience.

AmeriCorps members devote a year of their lives to make a difference; they’re serving in schools and after-school programs as tutors and mentors, providing resources and nutritional education to address food security issues and healthy living lifestyles, cultivating school gardens, completing 20 rehabilitations of affordable homes, and connecting veterans and family members of active military personnel to available resources. Members create lasting change by recruiting local leaders and volunteers, and training them to enact change in their own neighborhoods.

In the 2015-2016 program year, almost 500 AmeriCorps members are serving in 9 programs to Get Things Done for Mississippi:

AMERICA READS-MISSISSIPPI

Contact: Ronjanett Taylor | 601.432.6380
rtaylor@mississippi.edu | www.americareads.org

Eighty-seven (87) AmeriCorps members serve as reading tutors for low-academic performing kindergarten through third grade students in 30 public elementary schools and early education centers across Mississippi. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for helping 60% of tutored students to achieve significant growth in reading skills equal to or greater than would be expected for 1 year as evidenced by student scores on the Renaissance Learning – STAR Reading Assessment.


FOODCORPS MISSISSIPPI

Contact: Ashley Taylor | 212.596.7045 x 112
ashley@foodcorps.org | www.foodcorps.org

Ten (10) AC members increase vulnerable children’s knowledge of, engagement with, and access to healthy food, at three local partner organizations in Mississippi. At the end of the program year, after delivering food and nutrition education, cultivating school gardens, and sourcing and promoting local food for K-12 students in communities of need, beneficiaries will measurably improve their attitudes toward fruits and vegetables, setting them on an enduring path toward maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.


GRENADA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Contact: Gwen Woodson | 662.226.1606
gwoodson@grenadak12.com

Twenty-nine (29) AC members tutor 1,000 K-8 students in reading and math within the Grenada Elementary and Middle Schools, participate in local and national days of service in the Grenada community, and reinforce tutoring through reading initiatives at the local library.


NORTHTOWN CDC

Contact: John Victorian | 601.842.6073
j.victorian@msvsn.org

Twenty (20) veterans serving as AC members are connecting veterans, their family members, and family members of active duty military service members to available resources.


SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH 1 (SR1) – COOL Project

Contact: Dorlisa Hutton | 601.206.4544
dhutton@sr1tech.org | www.SR1Tech.org

Sixty-four (64) AC members are providing innovative tutoring and mentoring to 300 economically-disadvantaged k-12 students through the Community Oriented Opportunities for Learning (COOL) Education Project. This results in improved academic performance by 5 points, promotion to the next grade, and improved academic engagement.

CITY OF JACKSON AMERICORPS

Contact: Rolanda Alexander | 601.960.0746
ralexander@city.jackson.ms.us

20 full time AC members serve as healthcare navigators to 150 clients in targeted communities, provide nutritional information, and prepare/distribute a monthly food box to 300 low-income senior citizens and individuals.  AC Members also create and maintain at least 3 community gardens.


UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI: UM COLLEGE CORPS

Contact: LaTanya Dixon | 662.915.2006
lldixon1@olemiss.edu

One hundred twenty-two (122) students, serving as AC members at the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, serve economically disadvantaged children by delivering an enhanced pre-K curriculum, by providing sustained after-school tutoring, and by supporting a summer learning program. Members also provide food and referrals to economically disadvantaged children and families.


UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI: CAMPUS LINK AMERICORPS

Contact: Samantha Jones | 601.266.5205 | samantha.markland@usm.edu
| Maribeth Love | 601.266.5208 | maribeth.love@usm.edu

Eighty (80) AC members provide in- and after school tutoring to 300 economically disadvantaged 4th – 8th grade students in South MS. Mentoring and tutoring provided by AC members will assist in decreasing dropout rates and increasing academic engagement among the participating students.


UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI: TRIAD AMERICORPS
Contact: Jerry Alliston | 601.266.5979
jerry.alliston@usm.edu
| www.usm.edu

Thirty-three (33) AC members are trained on the use of the Money Smart financial literacy curriculum and work readiness. AC members then provide financial literacy training to 600 individuals with disabilities, 25% of whom will gain knowledge for money management and financial independence.



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