Building Brighter Tomorrows

By CNCS Staff

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National Service News Week In Review

In all the programs we administer, in all the partnerships we form, and in all the initiatives we launch, we help others succeed.

This week, we expanded AmeriCorps opportunities for youth and supported programs that put more students on the path to college. We also celebrated the contributions of one of our stellar Senior Corps volunteers. And a Social Innovation Fund grantee is getting attention for its work in three major cities. Read below to find out more.

Expanding Opportunity: By working together, we can provide more opportunities for young people across the country. This week, we supported President Obama in announcing four new AmeriCorps partnerships that will bolster My Brother’s Keeper: an initiative that addresses opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. Together, these partnerships represent a total of $24 million in investments in national service.

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Closing the Achievement Gap: The Social Innovation Fund is all about finding what works and making it work for more people. The Massachusetts-based GreenLight Fund shares this mission. It is helping to address the opportunity gap for 20,000 low-income children and youth in Boston, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

With the support of a grant from the Social Innovation Fund, the GreenLight Fund is working to ensure that all children—regardless of their family’s socio-economic background—excel in school, have the opportunity to attend and graduate from college, and break the cycle of poverty.

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Creating a Safe Haven: In communities across the country, our Senior Corps volunteers give children the extra attention they need. Oscar Cole, who is affectionately called Grandpa by his students, serves with the Southeast Texas Foster Grandparents program.

For more than two decades, Cole has mentored children at Boys’ Haven of America: a nonprofit organization and residential program that supports abused and neglected children.  Now the organization is returning the favor by naming a new section of its complex after him.

Watch his interview on KFDM CBS News in Texas.

National Service in the News

Senior Corps

Seal Beach recognizes five volunteers for their support of Police

OC-Breeze (CA), July 23, 2014
The Seal Beach Police Department Volunteer in Police Services (VIPS) program provides an invaluable service to the community and the Police Department. VIPS work within thePolice Department in various positions as uniformed volunteers and are trained to perform such duties as routine patrols throughout the City and assisting law enforcement in administrative functions. SBPD VIPS provide thousands of volunteer hours every year supporting the Police Department and the City of Seal Beach. RSVP, formerly the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, is a free members-only program, with more than 400,000 volunteers nationwide. OneOC hosts more than 1,300 volunteers in Orange County working in a variety of fields.

Seniors agency has fun with volunteers
The Pueblo Chieftain - Online (CO), July 19, 2014
“We have probably almost 300 volunteers altogether,” said Gloria Valdez-Pavlica, coordinator for SRDA’s retired senior volunteer program and carnival co-coordinator. “JoAnna (Torrez) and I wanted to do something different to recognize all our volunteers; we think the carnival is a way to have fun and say thank you.” 

AmeriCorps

Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative gets $104 million boost

MSNBC, July 20, 2014
The new partnerships and funding also includes a number of government agencies and efforts. The Corporation for National and Community Service and the Department of Justice will jointly fund a $10 million, three-year AmeriCorps program to enroll disconnected youth. And the USDA will be teaming up with AmeriCorps to offer $3.8 million to give youth opportunities to help restore the nation’s forests and grasslands.

AmeriCorps NCCC

NCCC team brings its skills to work in Hinton

The Register-Herald - Online (WV), July 24, 2014
William Custus, 20, of Washington, and Sabree Koonce, 21, of Leavenworth, Kan., have spent the summer making West Virginia beautiful. The students are members of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team hosted by the New River Gorge National River unit of the National Park Service and Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT), a non-profit organization that brings collaboration and connects small, rural towns with federal agencies.

AmeriCorps VISTA

County young people attend SOAR meeting

Hazard-Herald (KY), July 23, 2014
Perry County native, Ethan Hamblin, an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, also attended the event and shared many of his thoughts and ideas about what would improve life for young people in the region, as well as ways to encourage young people to remain in the mountains and to become active participants in their communities.

National Service Blog

Summer of Service Gives Boost to Jobseekers

NationalService.Tumblr.com, July 22, 2014
Around this time of year, many young people are well into summer jobs. Taking advantage of time between school years, they’re gaining skills and experience that can translate to future employment success.

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