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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Announces 2.3 Million in AmeriCorps Grant Funding To Support One On One Tutoring and Mentoring


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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism Executive Director Patricia Evans announced today three District-based non-profit organizations have received AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The organizations are City Year Washington DC, Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and Jumpstart for Young Children.

The grants will support nearly 400 AmeriCorps members across the District in DC public and charter schools in all eight wards. It will support efforts to help young children learn to read, mentor at-risk youth, tutor students, recruit volunteers, and provide health education, including HIV/AIDS and teen-pregnancy prevention.

Serve DC will distribute more than $2.3 million in funding to the three organizations, selected in a highly competitive national process. The agency will also announce $600,000 in formula funding in July.
“Continued education reform is still my top priority, and citizen service embodies our One City approach to the challenges facing many of our schools,” said Mayor Gray. “These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing educational needs and strengthen our students’ academic performance.”

The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was tough, due to the strong and growing demand by organizations from all over the country seeking AmeriCorps resources. Organizations requested nearly twice the number of grant dollars and AmeriCorps positions than could be funded.

“I congratulate this year’s grantees for rising to the top in a highly competitive year,” said John Gomperts, Director of AmeriCorps. “These organizations will increase their reach and impact on meeting local needs through the infusion of dedicated AmeriCorps members.”

Currently, more than 1,600 AmeriCorps members are serving at 63 community-based organizations in the District supported by $17 million in federal funding. Also awarded this competitive cycle was an additional $11 million directly from CNCS to 13 national non-profits based in D.C., including Equal Justice Works, LIFT and the National Council of La Raza.

Below is a listing of the three competitive AmeriCorps grants recipients in the District:

City Year Washington, DC -- $1.49 million
City Year Washington, DC, unites 115 AmeriCorps Members, ages 17-24, from all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these young leaders make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools and neighborhoods in all eight wards.

Latin American Youth Center -- $337,995K
Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) currently manages 22 full-time and 8 half-time AmeriCorps Members. The LAYC AmeriCorps Program works in three teams at elementary and middle schools in Wards 1 and 4. The Education Team serves as educational aides and runs after school programs for students. The Health Team provides health-education classes on a variety of topics that include physical fitness, nutrition, self-esteem, life skills and pregnancy prevention. The Community Service Team works to engage students in community service through workshops and the creation of community-service projects.

Jumpstart for Young Children -- $479,477K
Jumpstart Washington, DC will serve the 2011-2012 program year with 234 minimum-time AmeriCorps Members from the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, Catholic University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University. Members will serve children ages 3 to 5 from low-income communities in one-to-one tutoring and mentoring relationships based on language and literacy development. Corps members serve throughout the District in Wards 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8.