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.
At the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), we believe that all students can thrive 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 nearly 12,000 schools, including 1 out of every 4 low-performing schools and 1 out of every 10 charter schools, building capacity in communities across America. Our AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers improve students' academic achievement by increasing their engagement and providing one-on-one time with a concerned, involved adult.
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.
National service programs are also cost-effective and they deliver results. Rigorous independent evaluations have demonstrated that CNCS programs: improve school readiness, increase reading and math achievement, improve school attendance and behavior, and increase access to college and careers.
Our AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers benefit from this service as well. Since 1994, AmeriCorps members have earned more than $3.3 billion in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to help pay for college, technical school, or to repay qualified student loans. Senior Corps volunteers benefit from the bonds they form through mentoring and tutoring, giving them purpose and an outlet to share wisdom while providing valuable emotional support to their charges.
We connect caring, capable people with students who benefit from their time and personal attention. National service has helped millions of people serve to help millions of students succeed from pre-K to college.
Check out this new toolkit for superintendents, principals, and other education stakeholders to learn more about how to leverage national service in your schools.