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7 E Baltimore St
Baltimore, MD 21202 - 1602
(443) 451-1961
FY 2015 AmeriCorps National Fixed Amount

Executive Summary

World Relief proposes to have 10 AmeriCorps members who will perform the following: educate refugees on daily healthcare needs; assist refugees in accessing health and mental health care; develop relationships with local health and mental health care providers; administer health assessments to newly arriving refugees; develop and implement employment training classes, an ESL tutoring program, and a cultural orientation program; network with the refugee community to develop a list of resources and provide linkages to existing post-secondary job skills and education opportunities; create an employment manual for mentors and advisers; develop community transportation partnerships; and develop and facilitate a Family Literacy and Kindergarten Readiness Project for refugees in Atlanta, GA; Columbus, OH; Fort Worth, TX; High Point, NC; Jacksonville, FL; Memphis, TN; Minneapolis, MN; Sacramento, CA; Seattle, WA and Spokane, WA. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for enhancing referral and support network for the 10 participating sites; increasing access to various ethnic community groups; earlier entrance into the job market for newly arriving refugees; increased financial literacy; acquired job readiness skills; increased access to health and mental health care within the refugee communities; increased refugees educated in US healthcare system; improved English and communication skills; continued English learning within first year after arrival; improved school readiness for young refugee children. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 300 volunteers who will be engaged in tutoring, teaching classes, networking with refugee community members, and assisting with transportation needs.

This program will focus on the CNCS focus areas of Economic Opportunity, Education, and Healthy Futures. The CNCS investment of $0 will be matched with $250,000 of funds provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, as part of the newly formed Refugee Service Corps referred to in this proposal as RefugeeCorps.

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