Wichita Public Schools
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
The AmeriCorps Growing Responsible Achievers in Schools Program (GRASP) program provides direct services to the community of Wichita, Kansas, by academically assisting (tutoring) and mentoring students in grades K-8 in 16 Wichita School District Title 1 schools. The GRASP program endeavors to reflect the diversity of the local community in the composition of AmeriCorps GRASP members. Members range from 18 to 65 years of age, come from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and are often bilingual. This diversity serves the program well as it meets the needs of the students and parents of Wichita. GRASP not only impacts the local community but also provides the AmeriCorps members the opportunity to become certified paraprofessionals and encourages them to continue their education to become teachers. Further, in order to instill a lifelong sense of service members are required to participate in National Days of Service, implement service learning projects in their school sites and volunteer for service projects in the community.