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, providing independent skills training to individuals with disabilities enabling them to remain living independently or transition into independent living, completing 9 rehabilitations of energy efficient 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 2014-2015 program year 524 AmeriCorps members serving in 12 programs to Get Things Done for Mississippi:

AMERICA READS-MISSISSIPPI
Contact: Ronjanett Taylor| 601.432.6380 | rtaylor@mississippi.edu | www.americareads.org

99 AmeriCorps members will serve as reading tutors for 2,880 kindergarten through third grade students at approximately 40 school sites.  Through the efforts of ARM tutoring, in conjunction with classroom instruction, at least 80% of tutored students will improve by at least 1 reading level.

CITY OF JACKSON AMERICORPS
Contact: Linda Caldwell | 601.960.0746 | lcaldwell@city.jackson.ms.us

20 full time AC members focus on two specific services: 1) 13 AC members serve as healthcare navigators to 150 clients in targeted communities at five non-profit agencies. 2) 7 AC members provide nutritional information and prepare/distribute a monthly food box to 300 low-income senior citizens/individuals. AC members also create and maintain at least 3 community gardens.

CLIMB CDC: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING INSTITUTE AC GULF COAST
Contact: Stephanie Mathes | 228.864.6677 | smathes@climbcdc.org | www.climbcdc.org/climb

27 economically disadvantaged AC members receive in-depth job training and related skills training in the construction field to become more employable. They then apply their skills to rehabilitating 9 houses for low income persons in Harrison and Hancock counties.

FOODCORPS MISSISSIPPI
Contact: Cecily Upton | 212.596.7045 x 112 | cecily@foodcorps.org | www.foodcorps.org

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

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.

LIFE/Project LINC (Linking Individuals into Neighborhoods and Communities)
Contact: Margie Moore | 601.969.4009 | mamoore_jam1@comcast.net | www.lifeofms.org

20 AC members provide life skills training to individuals with disabilities and ensure accessibility of local communities through each of LIFE’s six office locations throughout the state. Life skills trainings enable individuals to remain living independently or transition from assisted living back into independent living.

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

20 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 | 601.853.9773 | dhutton@sr1tech.org | www.SR1Tech.org

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.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI: UM COLLEGE CORPS
Contact: Sarah Smitherman | 662.915.2592 | sasmithe@olemiss.edu

122 students, serving as AC members at the University of MS, MS State University and MS 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

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

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.

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT - PLANNING GRANT
Contact: Marsha Taylor | 601.545.2137 | mtaylor@smpdd.com

Planning Grant will enable the legal applicant to work with stakeholders/partners in determining specific needs to be addressed, identifying resources to support an operating program, and developing a solid application for a 2015-2016 AmeriCorps operating program with AC members addressing specific needs in SMPDD’s 24-county Twin District’s Workforce Area.

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