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WASHINGTON, D.C -– Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Serve DC –The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism Executive Director Patricia Evans today announced that three District-based non-profit organizations have received AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The organizations are City Year Washington, D.C.; the Latin American Youth Center; and Jumpstart for Young Children.
The grants will support more than 400 AmeriCorps members serving in traditional public schools and public charter schools in all of the District’s eight wards. The corps members will help young children learn to read, mentor at-risk youth, tutor students, recruit volunteers and provide health education including HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy prevention. Serve DC will distribute more than $2 million in funding to the three organizations, which were selected in a highly competitive national process. The agency will also announce $600,000 in formula-funding grants in July.
“This funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service complements and assists the efforts of my administration to provide a world-class education to all of the District’s children,” said Mayor Gray. “We are in the midst of a multi-year effort to fundamentally change and improve the nature of public education and the wrap-around supporting services for young people across our city. AmeriCorps members will help meet unmet educational needs and strengthen our students’ academic performance.”
“In 2011, through AmeriCorps state-funded programs, 19,030 disadvantaged children and youth were tutored or mentored because of funding for national service work in the District of Columbia,” said Evans. “Service makes a tremendous impact, because service is about meeting challenges of our community through collaboration – and this funding ensures another year of significant impact.”
Nationwide, AmeriCorps engages 80,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds. In 2011, AmeriCorps members around the country tutored, mentored or served more than 3.5 million disadvantaged youth. Since 1994, 775,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.
· City Year Washington, D.C. — $1.49 million: City Year Washington, D.C. unites AmeriCorps members ages 17-24, from all backgrounds, for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these young leaders make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools and neighborhoods in all eight wards.
· Latin American Youth Center — $279,296: The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) currently manages full-time and half-time AmeriCorps Members. The LAYC AmeriCorps Program works through teams at elementary and middle schools in Wards 1 and 4. Members of the Education Team serve as educational aides and run after-school programs for students. The Health Team provides health-education classes on a variety of topics, including physical fitness, nutrition, self-esteem, life skills and pregnancy prevention. The Community Service Team works to engage students in service through workshops and the creation of service projects.
· Jumpstart for Young Children — $479,063: Jumpstart Washington, D.C. manages more than 200 minimum-time AmeriCorps Members from the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, Catholic University, Georgetown University, and The George Washington University. Members will serve young children (ages 3-5 )from low-income communities in one-to-one tutoring and mentoring relationships based on language and literacy development. Corps members serve throughout the District in Wards 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8.