Girls Incorporated of Alameda County
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
Girls Incorporated of Alameda County's AmeriCorps members provide literacy and youth development programs serving over 400 youth in low-resource communities each year. The literacy initiative brings daily, after-school programs designed to increase school success of kindergarten through third grade children in Oakland and San Leandro. The Youth Development program increases the familial engagement, physical fitness, literacy skills, self-esteem, and academic success of fourth and fifth grade girls. Through activities in sports, health, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), and homework assistance, members take an integrated approach that helps underserved girls and their families grow and develop to their full potential. Outcomes include: improved literacy skills, youth development assets, and school engagement and attendance; professional development of 33 full-time AmeriCorps members; and successful leveraging of over 400 community volunteers annually.