Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
America Reads-Mississippi (ARM) will continue its efforts to increase the reading skills of students, encourage public support for literacy, and help to increase the number of certified teachers in Mississippi. ARM is currently on track to meet its performance measures that include: School Day Tutoring, After school Tutoring, Volunteer Recruitment, and Member Training and Development. Three hundred and fifty (350) AmeriCorps members serve as full-time reading tutors in 82 partnering schools. ARM members assist classroom teachers in meeting the literacy needs of an average of 3,500 first through third grade students. Members recruit community volunteers and engage youth in community service projects. Members also received valuable educational and professional training and skills. The following minimal changes are being proposed in this continuation application for program years 2 and 3. Personnel: In an effort to reduce program costs, the Administrative Assistant position that was vacated in Spring 2010 was deleted from the grant budget for this grant cycle. Program duties associated with this position were assigned to the remaining office staff. The majority of these duties have been assigned to the Assistant State Director, Special Projects coordinator and the Finance Specialist. Each staff member has undertaken the responsibilities of effectively managing the assigned fiscal tasks while continuing to manage the tasks and duties specific to their primary area. For this reason, the program is requesting a 3% increase for each of these positions. Additionally, two staff has received state-approved increases for educational attainment. Programmatic and Member Support: In order to sufficiently fund the grantee share of member costs, the annual Life After AmeriCorps (LAA) Training and Service Celebration has been deleted. LAA and service reflection are included in regular regional member trainings throughout the program year. The final regional training will also include additional member service recognition. The ARM program has made the required budget adjustments for member living allowance, health insurance, and liability coverage. Performance Measures: the program is opting into the National Performance Measures pilot to track and measure school day tutoring (Aligned - Outputs ED1, ED2, Intermediate Outcome ED5).