Harlem RBI, Inc
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
HARLEM RBI is a 501(c)3, community-based, youth-development organization located in East Harlem, New York. HARLEM RBI's mission is to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to play, learn and grow by using the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. HARLEM RBI seeks a $566,818 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service for its "Play, Learn, Grow" Project. This project incorporates the focus areas of Education and Healthy Futures to address the following problems in East Harlem, a disadvantaged, high-poverty neighborhood located in New York City: * Elementary school youth do not read on grade level. * Low-income elementary school youth lose nearly three months of grade level equivalency during the summer months due to a lack of engaging learning opportunities; commonly called "summer learning loss". * Middle and High school students lack academic support to choose appropriate classes and pass those classes to accumulate credits toward graduation. * Youth need support to enroll and stay enrolled in college. * Youth and adults of all ages do not engage in enough daily exercise to be physically healthy and avoid chronic disease associated with obesity. HARLEM RBI is requesting 43.1 MSY's who will expand and enhance HARLEM RBI's unique program model, which leverages the appeal of baseball and softball activities to "hook" youth into participating in out of school time educational activities that include literacy enrichment, academic support, career readiness training and college preparation. HARLEM RBI's program design utilizes multiple roles and different types of AmeriCorps positions across the following service categories: * Elementary School Afterschool and Summer Camp (Education and Healthy Futures) * Fitness Partnerships with Elementary Schools (Healthy Futures) * Teen Afterschool (Education) * Fitness Enhancement Across the Organization (Healthy Futures) * Volunteer Generation Across the Organization HARLEM RBI believes that the AmeriCorps Program mission, approach and goals are closely aligned with those of HARLEM RBI, which ultimately seeks to promote educational attainment and college matriculation for all participants, and that the ethics of service and civic engagement instilled in AmeriCorps service members makes them ideally suited to address the problems outlined in Harlem RBI's proposal.