City Year Jacksonville is proud to announce that we have received $1,210,00 in AmeriCorps funding from Volunteer Florida for 120 AmeriCorps Members to serve in 12 Duval County Public Schools.
As one of 36 AmeriCorps programs across the state to be funded, the award will allow City Year Jacksonville to play a significant role in Florida to increase student achievement and boost high school graduation rates among Jacksonville youth, while also providing career readiness and instructional training to AmeriCorps Members. Volunteer Florida will administer the funding, which includes $12,071,622 in federal grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and includes matching funds representing our community's local investment in City Year Jacksonville.
AmeriCorps Members dedicate a year of their lives to service and learning to succeed in the most challenging environments. This funding allows local organizations like City Year to put AmeriCorps Members to work in schools, dedicating their time to student success while at the same time gaining invaluable job skills in preparation to enter the workforce. Many AmeriCorps Members also attend college in an area in which they serve, providing a direct investment in Florida's colleges and universities.
Through partnership with Volunteer Florida, City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps Members have made an impact. Last year, City Year Jacksonville achieved worked closely with over 8,000 students providing one-on-one and small group coaching and support in the areas of English Language Arts, Math and Behavior. In fact, over 60% of students who had a "C" or "D" in Math or ELA moved up to a "C" or higher. Furthermore, 91% of teachers agreed that the AmeriCorps Member in their classroom helped to improve students' active engagement and learning.
"City Year Jacksonville is grateful to Volunteer Florida for recognizing AmeriCorps Members as indispensable resources to our Duval County Public Schools, which are working to meet critical challenges," said Dan Foley, City Year Jacksonville Vice President and Executive Director. "City Year Jacksonville's results would not have been possible without bipartisan support of Congress, which provides annual funding for the CNCS and its programs."
Through the AmeriCorps program each City Year participant is eligible to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Upon completion of 1,700 hours of service AmeriCorps members earn the federal scholarship valued at $5,735. The scholarships help AmeriCorps members pay for college tuition, vocational training, or to repay student loans.
City Year Jacksonville looks forward to another great year with our partner Volunteer Florida.