Student Success Project
Every year, nearly 700 students drop out of school in Richland and Lexington Counties. Meaning every school day, nearly 4 students in Richland and Lexington Counties lose their path to a better future. Students whose academic, social, and basic life needs are not met often struggle to achieve in school.
The Communities In Schools of the Midlands Student Success Project addresses the need to keep students in school.
The Student Success Project will place 21 members in local elementary, middle, and high schools, where they will serve as case-managers, linking students with integrated student services who are identified as off-track in attendance, behavior and/or course achievement. Integrated student supports are a school-based approach to promoting non-academic barriers to achievement. These members will serve for a 9 month period, completing a total of 450 hours of service. Five other members will serve a total of 900 hours over a 10 month period. One of these members will serve in the core office to recruit and support volunteers, such as tutors and guest speakers. Three members will implement various programs based on school needs. Another member will expand services at an elementary school and be the on-site coordinator of partners working to develop a health fair and on-going health services for the students and families at this school.
As the need for support at schools in the Midlands grows, AmeriCorps members will expand our reach of intensive case-management and organizing a community of support around more students. For more information about how you can make a different in a young person’s life, contact Rebecca Brennan Thom at email@example.com.
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps, which started in 1994, is considered the domestic version of the Peace Corps. It is a national service program designed to strengthen citizenship and the ethic of service by engaging thousands of Americans on a full-time or part-time basis to help communities to address their toughest challenges. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) administers AmeriCorps at the federal level and works in partnership with states to develop service programs and create a community-based national service network. The United Way Association of South Carolina (UWASC) is the administrative agent for South Carolina’s AmeriCorps.
Through their direct service and the volunteers they mobilize, AmeriCorps members meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve in nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, more than 7,000 South Carolina AmeriCorps members have provided needed assistance to underserved South Carolina residents. In return, AmeriCorps members receive a small living stipend and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.
For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.
About AmeriCorps Members
AmeriCorps members are dynamic, engaging individuals who commit to intensive service in their community by helping students succeed in school. This is a great opportunity for individuals considering a career in social work, education, or working with youth.
- Must be 18 years or older with a high school diploma/GED, some college preferred
- Must have reliable transportation
- Be able to commit to 12 to 25 hours of service per week
- Must pass criminal background checks, including FBI fingerprinting
- Able to participate in at least 2 National Days of Service
- Education Award upon successful completion of service
- Student loan forbearance
- Ongoing training and member development
- Biweekly stipend for 900 hour members
- Great experience to build your resume!