On Tuesday, February 26, the Corporation for National and Community Service, in conjunction with the US Department of Education, announced a new AmeriCorps program entitled the School Turnaround initiative. The program will place AmeriCorps volunteers in “persistently underachieving schools across the country.” According to CNCS, the AmeriCorps School Turnaround initiative will help fund and staff projects intended to “increase educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in our nation’s lowest-performing elementary, middle, and high schools.”
The competitive grant program will award $15 million over three years to place nearly 2,000 AmeriCorps members at dozens of failing schools in cities and small towns. The presence of the AmeriCorps members in schools will help provide opportunities for academic enrichment, extended learning time, and individual supports for students. The program’s goals include increased academic achievement, improved high school graduation rates, and increased college readiness among some of the most disadvantaged students in America.
Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community groups; schools or districts; institutions of higher education; cities and counties; Indian Tribes; and labor organizations are eligible to apply to the School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative, along with partnerships and consortia of these entities. A notice of intent to apply must be submitted to the Corporation for National and Community Service by April 2, 2013 via e-mail at: email@example.com. Applications are due on April 23, 2013. Grants will be awarded by mid-July. More information on the funding opportunity, as well as application information, is available on CNCS’s website.