Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announced today that Teach for America-Rio Grande Valley has received a $370,000 AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The grant will support 463 AmeriCorps members who will serve as teachers for two years to ensure that students are given the tools, encouragement and high expectations required to succeed academically in low-performing schools. The schools in the Rio Grande Valley which will benefit from this grant are located in the cities of; Alamo, Brownsville, Donna , Harlingen, Edcouch-Elsa, La Joya, McAllen, Mercedes, Pharr, San Benito and San Juan. Other cities in Texas that are benefiting from this grant are Dallas, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Rio Grande City and Roma.
"In the Rio Grande Valley we have seen tremendous results in our classrooms thanks to our Teach for America members," said Congressman Hinojosa. "These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs and strengthen our communities as they develop civic and leadership skills that can last a lifetime. I congratulate Teach for America-Rio Grande Valley for receiving this grant and thank all those who have answered the call to service by joining AmeriCorps."
In addition to grant dollars, CNCS is setting aside funding to pay for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for individuals who will serve in positions funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an education award of $5,550 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.
The current year's AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong and growing demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources.
The grants focus AmeriCorps resources on six key areas: strengthening education, fostering economic opportunity, preparing for and responding to disasters, improving health, meeting environmental and energy efficiency needs, and assisting veterans and military families.
AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve through thousands of nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation. Among other activities, AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor youth, expand health services, build affordable housing, run after-school programs, help veterans access employment and other services, respond to disasters, and recruit and train other volunteers.
AmeriCorps, which is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, engages 80,000 people each year in intensive, results-driven service through more than 14,000 organizations across the country. Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. Among other accomplishments, AmeriCorps members last year mobilized 3.4 million community volunteers, and tutored, mentored or served more than 3.5 million disadvantaged youth. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply online by visiting AmeriCorps.gov.