Porter Leath Children Center
Porter-Leath is the oldest social service agency in Memphis, TN. Its mission is to empower children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal, and independent lifestyle. The agency operates programs including AmeriCorps, Early Head Start, Head Start, USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP, a career and employment training program, foster care, and residential care to children and youth serving over 15,000 children and families annually.
Porter-Leath RSVP will recruit and place 100 volunteers to serve children and families in the DeSoto county community. Sixty volunteers will serve in the primary focus area of Education in the objectives of K-12 Success and School Readiness. Thirty-five volunteers will tutor or mentor children an average of 3 hours a month at 29 volunteer stations. Support will include providing homework assistance, reading to children, children reading to volunteers, tutoring, encouraging and assisting children in classroom activities, providing leadership and educational support, and helping with activities offered to children at the volunteer stations. Twenty-five volunteers will assist in the classroom in child care centers, early head start, and head start centers. Of the 150 children assigned to a RSVP volunteer; 75 will demonstrate gains in school readiness and have improved social and emotional development. RSVP volunteers will mentor 500 children at library branches, in after school programs, and public schools assisting with homework, reading and being read to, and providing leadership and support to children in K-12 education programs. Through regular interaction with the mentor, 250 children will demonstrate improved academic engagement in classroom activities. The remaining 40 volunteers will serve in the focus areas of Capacity Building, Healthy Futures and Disaster Services.
The CNCS federal investment of $73,500 will be supplemented by $30,857.