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Public-private partnership with Citi supports national service initiative

One year ago, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress and set off on a three-year journey to give 100,000 low-income youth in the United States the opportunity to develop the workplace skills and leadership experience necessary to compete in a 21st century economy. 

A key component of our commitment includes ServiceWorks, a program developed alongside Points of Light and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Through ServiceWorks, AmeriCorps VISTA members are working in 10 cities to engage thousands of low-income youth in volunteer service projects that are aimed around helping them develop the skills necessary to be prepared for college and careers.

Mar 31, 2015

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Public-private partnership with Citi supports national service initiative

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New research demonstrates impact of Reading Corps tutors in boosting pre-K reading skills

One of my priorities as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service is using evidence and data to show results and drive greater impact on pressing national challenges. That’s why I’m so excited about new research that demonstrates AmeriCorps tutors are increasing literacy and kindergarten readiness – key benchmarks for success in school and in life.

The research, conducted by an independent evaluator, focused on the Pre-K program of the Minnesota Reading Corps, the largest AmeriCorps tutoring program.  This program, started in Minnesota in 2003, has been replicated in seven other states and Washington, DC.

Among other findings, the evaluation found that students tutored by AmeriCorps members were significantly more prepared for kindergarten than students without such tutors. AmeriCorps members helped students meet or exceed targets for kindergarten readiness in all five critical literacy skills assessed. The effect sizes were not only significant, but substantial in magnitude.  The program was effective across a range of settings – both in public schools and Head Start Centers – and for all students regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, or dual language learner status.

Mar 30, 2015

National Service News Week In Review

College basketball has March Madness; national service has March Momentum.

Look at how we’re closing out this month:

  • A major announcement on late-night TV kicked off a campaign to promote national service
  • Millions of television viewers heard a sitcom character announce his intention to join AmeriCorps
  • In the month of celebrating public-private partnerships, we announced a new STEM AmeriCorps partnership with a major electronics company as part of the White House Science Fair
  • Senior Corps volunteers are helping Oklahoma communities respond to the aftermath of tornadoes
  • And a 98-year old Senior Corps member showed us us why experience and service go hand-in-hand

Scroll down for the details—but, remember, the end of March means we’re just days away from the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 7. Speaking of which, see below for what the mayors of the Super Bowl cities did this week.  

Mar 27, 2015

Character opts to ‘Serve A Year’ with national service. Would you?

AmeriCorps was in the spotlight as a character from ABC’s “The Middle” announced that he would be deferring college for a year to join the national service program.

While discussing the wait for a college acceptance letter, Sue’s friend Brad revealed that he would be taking a year to serve his country in AmeriCorps. Which leaves Sue excited but a little confused.

SUE: “I love you. I love America. What could go better together than the two things I love?! (pause) What is AmeriCorps?”

BRAD: “It’s kind of like the Peace Corps, but for America! I’m not sure what I’ll be doing for them yet — maybe teaching kids, maybe building houses. That could bring me and my dad closer. I’ll ask him how a hammer works!” 
(Hopefully you can watch a clip of the scene below, though TV streaming gremlins may spoil our fun.)

Like some of our members, Brad chose to defer his college admission (in his case, to NYU) to do his service. And when he finishes his service, Brad can use his Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to reduce his college costs, which would be significant at NYU. Just sayin’.

Mar 26, 2015
“I wish I could come to your improv show, but I can’t because I’m serving … America.”

- Jimmy Kimmel, providing an example of why national service is great — better excuses — in his #serveAyear PSA with Chelsea Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Mar 26, 2015

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