Saguache United Methodist Church
Commission Competitive Education Awards Program FY 2012
The Saguache United Methodist Church AmeriCorps Program assists the local school in providing after school tutoring programs in order to increase students' academic achievement. AmeriCorps members, who frequently already are a part of the Saguache community, serve in a variety of positions and receive educational and professional development support from local organizations, such as the local United States Forest Service/ Bureau of Land Management and law enforcement offices. The rural community, which hosts high rates of poverty and unemployment, benefits greatly from the service and development provided by the AmeriCorps members.The program start date is 9-1-2012; with an end date of 8-31-2013. The purpose of our program is to focus on education, recreation, job skills and basic needs of young people in our rural community. We will plan community service activities and tutoring programs as well as partnerships with businesses and agencies in order for members to acquire job skills. The county of Saguache is ranked as having the second highest level of poverty in the state of Colorado. The tutoring program effectiveness would be measured by the school assessment program. The local school administers a test school wide three times a year, using the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) program and once a year using the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP). The recreational, local partnerships and community needs impact will be assessed through the input of the local community. They will be invited to meetings and given a survey. The community paper will also be provided with information about the program. The community paper will be given this contact in order to submit it in the paper for community members to provide input in the program. There is a compelling need for a tutoring program in the community. The students at Mountain Valley School are 60% below grade level according to our NWEA evaluation. According to the homeless and mobile youth data 14% of our students fall into this category and are considered high need students. AmeriCorps members will facilitate after school tutoring programs throughout the school year in the pre k-12 school. They will be assisting students with any homework needs. Members will be assisting the local library with a summer reading program for youth. Engaging youth in reading a novel together and discussing it as well as story hour.