AmeriCorps Service 2014-15

City Year 

City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. In communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, these diverse young leaders help turn around high-need schools and get at-risk students back on track to graduation by working to improve their attendance, behavior and course performance. We are celebrating our 20th year of service to the state of Rhode Island, where we serve in Del Sesto Middle School, Esek Hopkins Middle School, Gilbert Stuart Middle School, Roger Williams Middle School, and Pleasant View Elementary School.

Generations of Learning at Connecting for Children and Families
Generations of Learning will enroll 8-16 intergenerational AmeriCorps Members ages, who will work with 250 K-5 students both during the school day, as well as in CCF’s after-school programs, providing tutoring and enrichment programs to reinforce classroom instruction. Members will also work with students during vacation weeks and during the summer to address the high incidence of “summer learning loss” typical in high poverty, urban communities such as Woonsocket.

The Learning Community Education Fellows Program 
The Learning Community, a free, K-8 public charter school of 540 students, located in Central Falls, R.I., supports 12 AmeriCorps Education Fellows.  Fellows serve as academic tutors with our students and get to see firsthand strategies in the classroom, at recess and after school that will help close the achievement gap. Each Education Fellow is assigned cohorts of students with whom they work in small groups or in one‐on‐one tutorials throughout the academic year. Education Fellows will also work with students during non‐classroom time, building relationships during recess, lunch and after school tutoring. Fellows receive extensive training throughout the school year, enabling them to support over 100 students per year to make deep measurable academic and social growth.

MuseumCorps at Providence Children’s Museum 
MuseumCorps at Providence Children’s Museum is designed to help close the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children, by providing stimulating hands-on learning experiences not available to most low-income children. Working closely with Head Start, Boys & Girls Club and other community based organizations, the Museum deploys 16 full and part-time AmeriCorps members to provide engaging enrichment programs for 1,455 inner-city children in out-of-school time and preschool in three of the state’s poorest cities.

National College Advising Corps at Brown University
The College Advising Corps (CAC) at Brown University provides in-school college advising to increase the number of urban, low-income & first-generation students entering & completing higher education.  College Guides are placed at 11 urban public high schools and CCRI. Students at RI schools with a CAC adviser are 14 percentage points more likely to attend college than students in similar schools without a CAC adviser. 12 full-time and 10 minimum-time members annually serve 2000 high school students.

Ready to Learn Providence
Ready to Learn Providence will implement an Education & Healthy Futures model with 35 members: 29 to support children’s school readiness via literacy programs in various early education settings and six members who will conduct developmental screenings for young children and deliver community activities such as health education workshops for families. In total, 1,600 children will complete a high- quality early education program and 1,500 children will participate in health education activities.

Rhode Island Campus Compact – AmeriCorps*VISTA
Rhode Island Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education. RICC AmeriCorps*VISTAs work to help higher education institutions align resources and build effective community partnerships in order to better respond to pressing issues facing low-income communities.  For the 2013-2014 year, RICC has placed AmeriCorps*VISTA members with the following institutions/partnerships: Bryant University/Blackstone Academy Charter School, Brown University/RI Urban Debate League, Community College of Rhode Island/CAN-RI, Johnson & Wales University, Providence College, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island School of Design|Project Open Door, Rhode Island School of Design|Public Engagement, Salve Regina University, and Social Venture Partners RI.

Rhode Island Vet Corps at Westbay Community Action
The Rhode Island Vet Corps Project at Westbay Community Action will deploy 3 full-time and 14 part-time AmeriCorps members to serve 3,000 RI veterans over three years.  AmeriCorps members will provide outreach and counseling with the goal of linking veterans to available services throughout RI.  Members will also mentor veterans through an alternative treatment program, resulting in increased self-sufficiency among veterans.

Serve Rhode Island – AmeriCorps*VISTA
ServeRhode Island (SRI) is the state’s center for volunteerism and national service.  The mission of SRI is to transform the lives of Rhode Islanders by increasing the number of people engaged in volunteer and service activities in their communities. SRI will enroll 4 AmeriCorps*VISTAs for the 2014-2015 year: a Communications & Marketing VISTA, a Group Service Project Coordinator, and two School-Based Volunteer Program Coordinators (working with Roger Williams Middle School in Providence and Samuel Slater Middle School in Pawtucket). In addition, Serve Rhode Island is the umbrella organization for a cohort of VISTAs serving at Youth In Action, RiverzEdge Arts, Rhode Island for Community and Justice, Manton Avenue Project, and Institute for Study and Practice for Nonviolence.

Teach for America
Teach for America- Rhode island provides a critical source of well-trained teachers who are helping break the local cycle of educational inequity.  Corps members teach for two years in low-income schools in Providence and the Blackstone Valley, going above and beyond traditional expectations to help their students achieve at high levels.  TFA recruits 65 AmeriCorps members annually to improve education outcomes for 5,000 students.

Tri-Town Community Action
The Tri-Town Community Action AmeriCorps Program will recruit 6 Half-Time AmeriCorps members to increase the financial education of low and moderate income individuals identified as lacking basic financial skills.  Skills to be increased include accessing banking services and preparing and maintaining a household budget that includes a savings plan.  Additional responsibilities include outreach, assessment and referral of clients, and may include facilitation of Budget Basics workshops.

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