Montgomery County Schools
School Turnaround AmeriCorps State Competitive Direct FY 2013
Project HELPS (Helping Elevate Low Performing Students) will be implemented in Montgomery Public Schools (MPS), a school system in Alabama's capital which operates over 60 buildings and services over 30,000 students in grades pre-K through 12. Through application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for the AmeriCorps Single State School Turnaround Grant, and subsequent placement of 20 (20 MSY's) AmeriCorps members in three schools, MPS seeks to supplement and sustain currently implemented initiatives at Bellingrath, Capital Heights and Southlawn Middle Schools, all of which were allocated the School Improvement Grant (SIG) for 2010-2013 after being identified as at-risk. AmeriCorps members will be supervised by a program manager and they will provide tutorial services and behavioral mentoring for 200 students through extended learning programs from August 2013 through July 2014. Project HELPS will focus on the CNCS performance measures for tutoring and mentoring with the goals of: increasing student attendance; improving school culture; increasing positive behavior; providing added safety and recruiting new members. The total cost of the project is $ 549,832, including the CNCS share of $263,870 and an MPS share of $286,962.00. The CNCS share covers 70% of the living allowances of 20 MSYs. This investment posits to improve the lives of the members, students, parents, and teachers as well as strengthen community partnerships and parental involvement by fostering civic participation through service and volunteering. A partnership with AmeriCorps and Montgomery Public Schools will be a collaborative effort to secure 20 other volunteers to assist with increasing educational achievement, high school graduation rates and college readiness for Alabama's lowest performing schools.