Congressman Russ Carnahan (MO-3) today applauded the award of nearly $1 million in funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, funding AmeriCorps resources in the St. Louis area.
More than $527,000 will help fund Partnerships for Youth in St. Louis, creating 43 AmeriCorps positions. These AmeriCorps members will help tutor K-3 students in St. Louis public schools, helping students read at or above grade-level by the end of the school year. These tutors will work in nine schools that have been determined to be "at-risk."
Another grant of more than $450,000, will help Partnerships for Youth fund 35 AmeriCorps staffers who will work to increase public education regarding natural disasters. The staffers will organize resources, including volunteers and other groups during times of emergency and serve as a volunteer clearinghouse.
"AmeriCorps displays the best qualities of America," said Rep. Carnahan. "The men and women who volunteer to help at-risk communities across our country show the spirit of giving that has always defined the people of this nation. I am very happy that AmeriCorps will continue to be able to help St. Louis residents, thanks to these grants."
Both programs are being funded through the Missouri Community Services Commission.