ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members is supporting classrooms and helping increase reading and mathematical literacy at two high-need area schools. The group of 13 young adults arrived on November 4 and will be serving here through December 18.
While in town, the AmeriCorps NCCC team is supporting The SoulFisher Ministries, whose mission is to “respond to the needs of youth with incarcerated parents and to promote restorative justice for those currently and formerly incarcerated.” This organization is a trailblazer in breaking the achievement gap and successfully runs summer and afterschool programs that help underachieving students reach grade level. SoulFisher Ministries also runs education programs for men and women who are incarcerated; providing instruction on building life skills, goal setting, and relationship restoration.
Over the course of this six-week project, this AmeriCorps NCCC team will be role models for the students, working toward improving their grades while also forming meaningful connections with the students. The team is supporting the Educate Now to Achieve Later (ENAL) afterschool program at Westview Middle School and Koch Elementary School. Members are also working during the day in sixth grade classrooms, both academic and elective, to provide needed support for students and teachers.
One prior AmeriCorps NCCC served with The SoulFisher Ministries earlier in 2017, supporting their ENAL Summer Initiative. That team served 2,484 hours with the organization, supporting 41 students for six weeks.
This is the first of several projects to be completed by this AmeriCorps NCCC team. They began their term of service on October 10, 2017 with three weeks of training at the Denver regional hub. After December 20, they will travel to a series of other six- to 12-week projects in communities throughout the central and southwestern United States. They will graduate from the 10-month program on July 12, 2018.
AmeriCorps NCCC (N-triple-C) is a full-time, residential, national service program in which up to 2,200 young adults serve nationwide annually. During their 10-month term, Corps Members – all 18 to 24 years old – work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs. Traditional NCCC members work on a variety of different six- to 12-week-long projects related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members of FEMA Corps, a branch of NCCC, focus their projects exclusively on emergency management work in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Southwest Region campus in Denver is one of five regional hubs in the nation and serves eight states in the central and southwest parts of the country. The other campuses are located in Baltimore, Md., Vinton, Iowa, Vicksburg, Miss., and Sacramento, Calif.
In exchange for their service, Corps Members receive $5,815 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, travel, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc.