Commission AmeriCorps State Fixed Amount Grants FY 2012
The Island Fellows AmeriCorps Program ("the Program") will deploy ten Island Fellow AmeriCorps Members ("Members") who will leverage an additional 300 community volunteers to assist with targeted community needs. Members and volunteers will develop and implement service learning projects that address critical community needs by strengthening schools, decreasing energy costs, supporting local economic development, and maintaining and restoring the natural resources on which communities depend for livelihoods. Projects will take place in economically-disadvantaged rural coastal and remote island communities in Maine. During each of the three years, each of the ten AmeriCorps Members will design and implement at least one service learning project that will engage at least fifteen student participants in meeting critical community needs, while improving student academic engagement. The Program will aim to increase the adoption of service-learning as a method of teaching by educators, school districts, higher education, and after school or summer youth programs. (Federal Education focus area). The CNCS investment of $130,000 will be matched with $250,000 in other funds for the Program.