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Introducing ServiceWorks

ServiceWorks — powered by the Citi Foundation, AmeriCorps and Points of Light — is a groundbreaking, national program that uses volunteer service as a strategy to help 25,000 low-income youth and young adults in 10 cities develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers.  Funded by the Citi Foundation, the program will deploy 225 AmeriCorps members over the next three years, making it the largest corporate-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA program in the country. ServiceWorks will provide underserved young adults training in critical 21st century leadership and project management skills, the chance to build their networks and connections to community, and the opportunity to use their new skills by participating in and leading volunteer service projects. We are excited to join with the Citi Foundation and Points of Light to announce the 10 host sites chosen to execute the program. Read more about the host sites, and watch this new video explaining ServiceWorks!  

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6 Ways AmeriCorps Increases College Access and Affordability

By Sandy Scott

An AmeriCorps member serving as a college coach.

Higher education is the single-most important investment that Americans can make in their future, increasing their potential earnings and lowering their risk of unemployment.

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Robots, the President, and AmeriCorps
As part of today’s White House Science Fair, we are announcing a major expansion of STEM AmeriCorps to spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education. A new summer program will place 256 AmeriCorps VISTA members in six Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia) to connect 18,000 at-risk students in low-performing schools to STEM opportunities. We are also joining with US2020 and Citizen Schools to support 25 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in seven cities to increase STEM opportunities for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children from low-income families. This expansion builds on existing STEM AmeriCorps partnerships with FIRST, Maker Education Initiative, Citizen Schools, Teach for America, and other organizations. Altogether, these efforts engage tens of thousands of students in STEM learning - building ladders of opportunity and helping our nation compete for the jobs and industries of the future.
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Robots, the President, and AmeriCorps

As part of today’s White House Science Fair, we are announcing a major expansion of STEM AmeriCorps to spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education. A new summer program will place 256 AmeriCorps VISTA members in six Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia) to connect 18,000 at-risk students in low-performing schools to STEM opportunities. We are also joining with US2020 and Citizen Schools to support 25 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in seven cities to increase STEM opportunities for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children from low-income families. This expansion builds on existing STEM AmeriCorps partnerships with FIRST, Maker Education Initiative, Citizen Schools, Teach for America, and other organizations. Altogether, these efforts engage tens of thousands of students in STEM learning - building ladders of opportunity and helping our nation compete for the jobs and industries of the future.

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President Obama’s recent trip to Arkansas after last week’s deadly tornadoes and storms.

President Obama recently traveled to central Arkansas for a first hand look at the area affected by last week’s tornadoes and storms. The President spoke to survivors, first responders, and recovery workers.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has deployed hundreds of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in response to the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that have swept through the central and southern U.S.

In Arkansas, five AmeriCorps members deployed from Red Cross are providing client casework services. Three teams of FEMA Corps members are supporting FEMA operations.

This video was posted on May 7, 2014 on the White House YouTube channel.

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Two AmeriCorps alums were among the 2014 Teachers of the Year honored by President Obama today for their dedication each and every day in the classroom.  Katie Day Brown, an English Language Learner specialist at Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham, Washington, is 2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year.  Katie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Juneau, Alaska in 2000, working with the Tlingit and Haida Native American tribes to improve adolescent health by building a physical activity program for native youth that promoted health and cultural development.  Her AmeriCorps experience helping tribal youth learn about and embrace their culture was a critical influence that led Katie to pursue a career as a teacher.  Jonathan Crossley, a Teach for America AmeriCorps alum, is the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.  He is an English language arts teacher at Palestine Wheatley High School in St. Francis County.  

Two AmeriCorps alums were among the 2014 Teachers of the Year honored by President Obama today for their dedication each and every day in the classroom.  Katie Day Brown, an English Language Learner specialist at Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham, Washington, is 2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year.  Katie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Juneau, Alaska in 2000, working with the Tlingit and Haida Native American tribes to improve adolescent health by building a physical activity program for native youth that promoted health and cultural development.  Her AmeriCorps experience helping tribal youth learn about and embrace their culture was a critical influence that led Katie to pursue a career as a teacher.  Jonathan Crossley, a Teach for America AmeriCorps alum, is the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.  He is an English language arts teacher at Palestine Wheatley High School in St. Francis County.  

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Anton Muller, a GRID Alternatives AmeriCorps member, helps a team of volunteers install a solar electric system for a low-income homeowner in California. GRID Alternatives is the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer, and has scaled from a local to a national organization with support from AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA. GRID has installed solar for over 4,200 low-income families while providing over 16,000 people with hands-on training and job experience in the growing solar industry.

Anton Muller, a GRID Alternatives AmeriCorps member, helps a team of volunteers install a solar electric system for a low-income homeowner in California. GRID Alternatives is the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer, and has scaled from a local to a national organization with support from AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA. GRID has installed solar for over 4,200 low-income families while providing over 16,000 people with hands-on training and job experience in the growing solar industry.

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