Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8: Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps

Contact Information

119 Park St.
Ebensburg, PA 15931 - 1831
(814) 472-7690 2337
FY 2015 AmeriCorps State Commission

Executive Summary

A. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8's Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps program proposes to have 130 AmeriCorps members who will improve academic engagement for K-12 students in rural or economically distressed school districts through tutoring and mentoring and other educational programming; improve infrastructures that support healthy eco-systems and watersheds; provide public awareness and outreach on local environmental issues; provide access to health and wellness services to vulnerable populations; and support non-profit organizational growth throughout the Appalachian region of South-West, South-Central Pennsylvania that includes the Pennsylvania counties of: Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre , Clearfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset , Washington, and Westmoreland.

At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for; improving the academic engagement of 2000 economically disadvantaged or special needs K-12 students; providing environmental support services that improved or helped to maintain 100 acres of public waterways and public lands; providing 1,000 rural individuals with preventative health education, counseling, or mental health intervention, and providing 10 rural non-profits or school districts with services that increase their effectiveness and/or scale and reach.

In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 1,000 volunteers, who will be engaged in activities that support school and community infrastructure improvements; promote health and wellness; and provide school or community education enrichment. This program will be a multi-focused rural based AmeriCorps program with focus on the CNCS focus area(s) of education, environmental stewardship, and healthy futures. The CNCS investment of $1,061,500 will be matched with $1,067,000 of local match.

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