Indiana has received $4.3 million in federal grants have been awarded to support AmeriCorps members throughout the state. The funding will help more than 500 AmeriCorps members serving with seven organizations.
The office of Indiana Congressman Andre Carson (D-07) says the members will help tackle issues such as tutoring and other academic services, expanding economic opportunities and strengthening disaster preparedness. Carson says AmeriCorps members are an indispensable resource for nonprofits, communities and the people they serve.
"Community service is an essential part of the solutions to many of the challenges Hoosiers face," said Carson. "AmeriCorps members are able to bring the country together by uniting individuals behind a common goal. I congratulate all of the schools and organizations in Indiana that are receiving these grants, and thank all those who have answered the call to serve by joining AmeriCorps."
This year’s grant recipients in Indiana include:
University of Notre Dame ACE Program: In this national program based in Indiana, AmeriCorps members will serve as teachers in under-resourced urban and rural schools in 12 states and the District of Columbia. AmeriCorps members will teach more than 13,000 students and meet the critical shortage of education professionals in high need areas. (154 AmeriCorps members)
Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps Program through the University of Notre Dame: AmeriCorps members will coordinate a range of educational programs, provide direct service, recruit/supervise volunteers, expand outreach, develop curricula, and assist with program evaluation, at the Robinson Community Learning Center, the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture (NDCAC), the YMCA Urban Youth Services, and the OC Carmichael Boys and Girls Club. (29 AmeriCorps members)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Indiana – Project ACES: AmeriCorps members will work with Indiana children through education, healthy lifestyles, and character & leadership development in Boys & Girls Clubs facilities across Indiana. (185 AmeriCorps members)
American Red Cross of Indiana: AmeriCorps members will help build capacity and grow disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in 80 Indiana counties. AmeriCorps members will also serve on an on-call Disaster Action Team and assist with local disaster relief operations with the potential for regional or national disaster relief operation deployment. (25 AmeriCorps members)
Public Allies of Indianapolis: AmeriCorps members will deliver capacity-building services in 15 unique organizations that are addressing educational, health, and economic disparity throughout Indianapolis. (20 AmeriCorps members)
Phalen Leadership Academies Indiana – Scholars Excel AmeriCorps Program: AmeriCorps members will provide small group, intervention-based instruction to children in elementary schools in high-poverty neighborhoods. AmeriCorps members will help increase students’ math and reading proficiency, improve their knowledge of and interest in STEM subjects and careers, and grow their self-esteem and engagement in school. (20 AmeriCorps members)
Teach for America: AmeriCorps members will teach in low-income district, charter, and turnaround schools across Indianapolis to improve the literacy and/or math educational outcomes for students. (95 AmeriCorps members)