AmeriCorps National Direct FY 2011 (Continuation)
TechMission is requesting an expansion from 50 MSYs to 60 MSYs in order to support all Members serving in the urban areas of Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; and Chicago, IL. Members will serve in the K-8 and teen programs providing academic assistance and enrichment, serving as mentors and recruiting volunteers in low-income, primarily Black and Latino communities. The strength of the TMC program is that it combines innovation with some of the strongest indigenously-led programs targeting low-income Black and Latino K-12 youth. While most of our program Sites are housed in Black and Latino churches, many are also based in other faith-based and community-based organizations. We also heavily recruit our Members from the communities we serve. Members from similar communities are better able to understand the challenges that these youth face, and the youth themselves are sometimes better able to identify the Members as personal role models.