Service News Digest: CNCS in the News

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The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.gov blog. In this series, we showcase articles that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Take a look at some of the great stories that had people talking recently, including a new initiative to place AmeriCorps members in underperforming schools across the nation.

CNCS in the News is a periodic feature that collects stories about national service projects and participants.

AmeriCorps

New AmeriCorps Program Boost Turnaround Schools
Serve.gov, Feb. 25, 2013
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and U.S. Department of Education announced a new collaborative effort today to strengthen and accelerate interventions in our nation's lowest-performing schools. The new School Turnaround AmeriCorps program will support a dedicated unit of AmeriCorps members that will provide additional support and resources in persistently underachieving schools. 

College Forward mentoring program encourages student self-advocacy
The Daily Texan (Texas), March 1, 2013
Receiving both funds and educators from AmeriCorps, a federal program designed to subsidize community service organizations, College Forward set out to tackle this discrepancy in education for disadvantaged students. High school juniors and seniors who qualify for free or reduced lunch, or are recent immigrants to the United States, can apply for the program's free mentoring services. 

Students benefitting from early-intervention program
Bemidji Pioneer (Minnesota), Feb. 28, 2013
Response to Intervention, or RTI, is a program that evaluates and identifies students who need early-intervention services. …The Reading Corps, an AmeriCorps program that provides tutors to schools, follows an RTI model. Tutors meet with their students 20 minutes a day, building phonics, phonemic awareness and fluency skills. 

YouthBuild builds futures and hopes to build even more
South Coast Today (Massachusetts), Feb. 28, 2013
Andrade is the AmeriCorps coordinator. He said that on Fridays students explore opportunities for service, taking up the issues dearest to them. If local groups are already working on these initiatives, they will engage with existing projects. If they don't exist, students look at ways of getting involved on their own, with the backing of the AmeriCorps coordinators. 

New Report Highlights Role of Nonprofits in Over Educational Effects of Poverty
MSN Money, Feb. 25, 2013
A unique combination of nonprofit, specialized organizations that leverage all community assets by deploying community volunteers and full-time national service members can make full use of the available assets. AmeriCorps programs like Jumpstart, Citizen Schools, Playworks, City Year and others can work in partnership with a district for this purpose. 

AmeriCorps NCCC

Volunteers to help fix roofs of needy area residents
Meadville Tribune (Pennsylvania), Feb. 22, 2013
Roof rehabilitation is often too expensive and labor-intensive for the scope of Make a Difference Day (MADD), says organizer Dave Roncolato, but he refuses to let limited resources hinder complete service to the community. In conjunction with the United Way of Western Crawford County, MADD organizers have secured special help to fix the roofs of locals in need. AmeriCorps and local civic groups are stepping forward to complete these expensive and complicated projects. 

AmeriCorps VISTA

A Jobs Solution Worthy of Replication
The Huffington Post, March 4, 2013
In the last seven months, I have been fortunate to serve as a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA for a non-profit Brooklyn-based workforce development organization called Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, which provides sector-focused skills training to poor and low-income men and women in New York City.
 

Let's Talk with Sarah Gay
The State (South Carolina), Feb. 23, 2013
Columbia College students are adding to community efforts to combat homelessness. … The homeless outreach was coordinated by Sarah Gay of AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program designed to fight poverty. Gay spoke Friday about the outreach and ongoing efforts to address homelessness in the community. 

Senior Corps: Foster Grandparents

Woman, 93, beloved as ‘class granny' to children in Corpus Christi kindergarten
Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Texas), Feb. 18, 2013
While some nonagenarians play bingo at retirement centers, one Corpus Christi woman goes to kindergarten five days a week. She's been the class granny for 15 years. "Our granny is a ball of energy," said Melissa Garcia, teacher at Galvan Elementary School, about the 93-year-old foster grandparent in her classroom each day. "She's my right hand and my left hand." 

RSVP

Disaster preparedness training for Monroe seniors
Pocono Record (Pennsylvania), March 4, 2013
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, whose mission is to enrich the lives of seniors by tapping into their experience and talents and involving them in community service, is developing two new programs this year. Training for the Disaster Preparedness for Seniors program began in February and a training program with Compassionate Care, a local hospice, begins on March 6. 

Other CNCS News

New program to help local veterans
Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont), Feb. 28, 2013
Military servicemembers and veterans, and their families, often fight with conditions brought on by the demands of their lives -- from post-traumatic stress disorder to substance abuse to domestic abuse. With this mind, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, in partnership with the National Guard Bureau's Prevention, Treatment and Outreach Program, with funding assistance from the Corporation for National and Community Service, created the VetCorps project to make sure military families have access to the services they need. There is a special emphasis on serving the needs of National Guard and Reserve families. 

Hearts full of charity
Daily Herald (Utah), Feb. 25, 2013
Utahns consistently top national studies for having the highest percentage of residents who volunteer. For the past seven years, in fact, Utah has been listed in the No. 1 slot, according to a report from Volunteering and Civic Life in America. 

Hurricane Isaac

FEMA releases its ‘snapshot' of Isaac recovery
KNOE (Louisiana), Feb. 22, 2013
400- More than 400 AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and FEMA Corps members assisted Louisianians in shelters, volunteer centers and neighborhoods, and helped survivors and communities clean up and rebuild after the storm. 

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