In order for all of our students to succeed, the education system must provide the academic support and encouragement at-risk children need to thrive.
Too many students enter school unprepared and that makes it tough for them to keep pace with their better-off peers. Others lose interest along the way unless a concerned adult intervenes to prevent behaviors that can lead to them drop out later.
At the Corporation for National and Community Service, we believe that all students can succeed when given the chance and we have a simple strategy: Create the conditions that make children and youth want to learn, and give them the opportunity to achieve.
We do this by serving in schools and building capacity in communities across America. Our AmeriCorps members, RSVP volunteers, and Social Innovation Fund grantees improve students' academic achievement by increasing their engagement and providing one-on-one time with a concerned, involved adult.
Simply put, students do better in school when school does better by them. This is the only way our students can discover the skills they need to master and find the love of learning they need to thrive in college and beyond.
Strategies that help students learn include extended-day and school-year programs, tutoring, mentoring, family involvement, and teacher support. They also involve service-learning opportunities that give students the chance to experience meaningful lessons that teach them about their world inside and outside the school’s classrooms or campus.
We connect caring, capable people with students who benefit from their time and personal attention. Millions of people serve to help millions of students succeed.
Our efforts will bring proven national service efforts to schools and communities where students lack the attention and support they deserve. We don’t promise a diploma with honors for every student, but we promise to help all students engage and achieve.