Today, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett announced $712,352 in federal funds for Communities In Schools of Central Texas AmeriCorps from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This grant will support 96 new AmeriCorps members, who will serve as mentors, academic supporters and service learning project leaders to more than 1,000 students in 3rd-8th grades who have been identified as at-risk of dropping out of high school. The members will serve in Travis, Hays, Caldwell, and Bastrop counties.
"Recently, I celebrated AmeriCorps Week at City Hall with many young people, who are already making a big difference in our schools, homeless shelters, food banks, and non-profits," said Rep. Doggett. "At a time when there is so much that is wrong with America, AmeriCorps is a bright light--helping all of us to know that there are so many people out there who care. These funds will fund more students helping to students to achieve their full potential through education."
"AmeriCorps Members who will serve for the next three years for Communities In Schools will work on high-needs campuses with students who need additional support to be successful in school,"said Suki Steinhauser, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Central Texas. "Communities In Schools counts on these AmeriCorps Members to extend our reach so that about 1,200 students can receive high-quality support, mentoring, and tutoring."
In addition to this important funding for Communities in Schools, Americorps will provide each person, who completes their services, $5,550 to pay for college or to pay off student loans.