University of Mississippi
Our program, the College Corps, based at the University of Mississippi (UM), is an experiential community-based service-learning program that will address problems related to education and opportunity in Oxford and Lafayette County, Mississippi. AmeriCorps members will be deployed to six community partner organizations: the LOU Homeless Task Force, ICM, the Leap Frog Tutoring Program, the Oxford Public School Homeless Children and Youth Tutoring Program, the Oxford Boys and Girls Club, and More Than a Meal. All six of these organizations are doing important work, filling existing needs in the areas of education and opportunity. Each organization has voiced a desire to develop a more purposeful and intentional partnership with the university and field long-term student volunteers through the College Corps. By providing stable, reliable AmeriCorps members, we will add a new layer of strength to each of these operations. Our program will add value by organizing and expanding the involvement of University of Mississippi students, who through our program will become AmeriCorps members. We will recruit, train, and support 42 minimum time education award only AmeriCorps members, who will be strategically deployed to our six partner organizations.
Through this newly created network, our members and our community partners will work together 1) to increase the number of K-12 students who start and complete participation in existing tutoring and enrichment programs and 2) to increase the number of unduplicated individuals transitioned to greater self-sufficiency. The College Corps will be a powerful team of student leaders--leaders united in service to our local community.