After-School Corporation (The)
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
The proposed initiative, Summer Works, is an opportunity to expand the learning time and opportunity for low-income Black and Latino students living in New York City whose academic achievement continues to lag. Summer Works places AmeriCorps members in after-school and summer programs where they will provide instruction in core academic subjects, in addition to enrichment activities that resonate with kids. AmeriCorps members will develop positive, supportive relationships with students. As after-school and summer learning programs offer more focused academic content for students, AmeriCorps can meaningfully contribute by ensuring that the instruction reaches as many students as possible and is relevant to their lives. Summer Works will add an extra 3 hours of learning time for students each school day and 6 weeks of instruction in the summer. Summer Works members will serve as group leaders and activity specialists who offer academic enrichment activities in a range of subjects (e.g., English/Language arts, math, social studies, science, art). These enrichments will contribute to students' cognitive growth and social development, promoting long-term academic success.