Virginia 2017-18 AmeriCorps Grantees

Virginia 2017-18 AmeriCorps Grantees

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (which serves as the Virginia State Service Commission) is proud to announce the 2017-18 Virginia AmeriCorps State Grantees. There are 10 programs this year located throughout the Commonwealth focusing on community needs in education and youth, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, disaster services, and healthy futures. Local programs design service activities for their team of members serving full- or part-time for one year or during the summer. Sample activities include tutoring and mentoring youth, financial literacy, college advising, and restoring parks. AmeriCorps members also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of their organizations. For more information on these programs, visit the Virginia AmeriCorps State Webpage
 

2017-18 Virginia State AmeriCorps Programs

AspireAspire! Afterschool Learning - Learning Links - Members reach across three
aspects of a child's daily experience: during the school day, after school, and in the community. Partners w 4 local elementary schools & Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.

BeansandRiceBeans and Rice, Inc. – U Serv - This program will host 29 AmeriCorps members who will provide afterschool and summer academic enrichment services and parent and adult outreach services including work preparation, adult education, and financial literacy. Additionally, members will recruit and train 355 local volunteers whose activities will provide vulnerable families and children with increased access to perishable food and weekend meals in Virginia's New River Valley.

CaritasCARITAS AmeriCorps- Members provide essential furniture and household
items for adults and families moving from a shelter to permanent housing
and provide an intensive job-readiness program to assist men with obtaining permanent employment.

CarrollCountyCarroll County Public Schools - LIFT UP AmeriCorps - The LIFT UP Tutoring program will have 46 half time members tutoring at-risk students in reading and/or math in Pre-K through 12th grade in nine schools in Carroll County and in five schools in Floyd County. At the end of the program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for at least 60% of the identified at-risk students in Pre-K through 12th grade to reach the end of year/course benchmark on the state required benchmark test for their grade level. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 667 first time volunteers who will be engaged in episodic community service projects benefiting the citizens of Carroll and Floyd counties.

CASA(1)CASA’s Citizenship Virginia AmeriCorps - CASA de Maryland, Inc., in partnership with Edu-Futuro, will have 23 AmeriCorps members delivering a program of comprehensive citizenship support, financial literacy education, connection to health/social services, and youth leadership development in Northern Virginia. At the end of the program year, the members will be responsible for having helped low-income immigrants and Latinos in Virginia achieve citizenship, gain financial literacy, access health care and social services, and, in the case of youth, achieve increased educational outcomes and college- and career-readiness. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 638 volunteers who will be engaged in completing citizenship applications, delivering civics classes, providing financial education, providing youth leadership development activities, and performing other activities similar to those performed by the AmeriCorps members in service of the program.

ACESCity of Richmond - Richmond AmeriCorps Healthy Futures Project - The City of Richmond (and its project partners, CARITAS, McShin Foundation, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority's Friends of Prevention, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Rams In Recovery Program, and Virginia Recovery Foundation) will utilize a coalition approach to expand opioid abuse and heroin use prevention and recovery services to help address the intensifying Opioid Crisis targeting Richmond. The coalition will have six full-time and eight half-time AmeriCorps members who will provide, substance abuse case management, peer recovery support, and addiction prevention activities. By the end of the service year, AmeriCorps members will have provided prevention and recovery coaching services to 1,725 unique individuals through the provision of peer recovery support and peer prevention interventions.

DanRiverInstitute for Advanced Learning and Research - The program’s 30 AmeriCorps members will primarily support adolescent literacy efforts along with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content knowledge improvements, focusing on K-12 students in Halifax, Pittsylvania, and Henry counties; and the cities of Martinsville and Danville. Members will provide direct service in three program areas: one-to-one and small group tutoring at seven middle schools, after school informal learning and tutoring at a minimum of eight locations, and summer bridge programs targeting struggling students. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for reading and STEM content literacy tutoring for 132 middle school students and providing literacy and STEM out-of-school time learning for an additional 2,340 K-12 students and adults. In addition, AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 440 volunteers who will support STEM content and reading literacy efforts.

the_literacy_lab_logos-logomark-01The Literacy Lab – Virginia Reading Corps - This program will have 54 full-time AmeriCorps members, trained and coached by literacy experts, to serve as full-time literacy tutors in Alexandria and the Richmond area, significantly adding to the instructional capacity of early childhood centers and elementary schools in high-need areas. At the end of program year, members will be responsible for measurably improving the literacy skills of at least 520 students, placing them on track to be kindergarten-ready and to becoming proficient readers by third grade. In addition, members will leverage 1,566 volunteers who will be engaged in providing literacy advancement activities at service sites.

GoodskillsRappahannock Goodwill – Virginia GoodSkills Literacy Corps - This program -- a partnership between Rappahannock Industries, Inc. (RGI), Goodwill Industries of the Valleys (GIV), and Horizon Goodwill Industries (HGI) -- will have 20 AmeriCorps members who will build literacy, numeracy, and basic computing skills for youth and adults. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for equipping 2,500 program participants with the new skills necessary to overcome barriers, increase self-sufficiency, and pursue higher education and better employment opportunities. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 580 volunteers who will be engaged in assisting the AmeriCorps members to build literacy, numeracy, and basic computing skills of both youth and adults, and help build the capacity of the program in the service areas of RGI, serving 12 counties and the City of Fredericksburg; GIV, serving 31 counties and 13 cities in the Roanoke Valley area; and HGI, serving 5 counties and the City of Winchester.

UVAUniversity of Virginia - Virginia College Advising Corps - The program’s 24 AmeriCorps members will provide near peer college advising to low-income, underrepresented, and first generation students in 28 high school sites including: Alexandria City, Amelia County, Buckingham County, Caroline County, Charles City County, Charlottesville City, Danville City, Fluvanna County, Greene County, Henry County, Lancaster County, Louisa County, Martinsville City, Nelson County, Northumberland County, Norton City, Orange County, Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, Richmond City, Richmond County, Westmoreland County, and Wise County. At the end of the program year, members will be responsible for meeting a number of key performance indicators, including numbers of meetings with students and parents, SAT and ACT registrations, numbers of college application assistance, FAFSA completions, and scholarship dollars awarded. In addition, the members will leverage an additional 720 volunteers who will be engaged in college access activities including admissions fairs, college representative visits, and financial aid nights.

vdeVirginia Department of Education - The Virginia Department of Education will assess existing nutrition approaches and activities and study approaches used and recommended by other states and national sources. Gathering this information and presenting it to a statewide planning committee to develop a method for use by Virginia could have a substantial impact on childhood hunger, nutrition and obesity rates. VDOE will convene this planning committee to develop a recommended method and to identify ways to support technical assistance for implementation in future years.

StateParksVirginia State Parks – DCR - This program will engage 84 AmeriCorps members in a versatile 21st Century Conservation Service Corps model intervention that mobilizes young Americans and veterans who will protect at-risk ecosystems and improve natural resources in Virginia State Parks and on Natural Heritage sites. At the end of the program year, members will have enhanced 500 acres of parks and public lands by mitigating invasive weeds, reducing wildfire risks, and restoring natural habitat. Additionally, more than 1,000 youth, private citizens, veterans and volunteers will have increased knowledge and skills for environmental stewardship. The AmeriCorps members will include at least 25 veterans, enhancing their well-being and earn professional certifications for environmental careers. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 400 veterans and 2,000 other volunteers as active stewards of local parks and trails.

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