Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2012
Project ASPIRE will utilize 131 Americorps members and will leverage an additional 500 volunteers each year in the education and healthy futures focus areas. Members will provide homework help, academic enrichment and engagement-building activities and increased physical education activities during out-of-school time. Services will be provided statewide, at 31 Boys & Girls Clubs' sites in 23 communities in Illinois, to low-income, at-risk youth aged 6-18 who attend low-achieving schools. In each year of the 3-year project, it is anticipated that 1800 youth will complete the education program and 80% of those youth will increase their academic engagement by 50%; 1300 youth will complete the healthy lifestyles program and 90% of those (1170 youth) will increase their time spent in physical activity by 80%; and 500 volunteers will provide 1,000 hours of community service each year. The CNCS investment of $801,302 will be matched with $572,608.