Congresswoman Susan Davis Announces Nearly $800,000 in AmeriCorps Funding for San Diego

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Washington, DC, June 21, 2016 | comments

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) today announced that the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools has received nearly $800,000 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.

“This will be an incredible opportunity for young people to play a positive role in our communities,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “The leadership skills they will learn will be invaluable to them and to the nation.  We should be looking at expanding ways for generations to come to take part in a national service effort.”

“For more than 20 years, AmeriCorps members have had a positive and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Building on the San Diego area’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the region. While they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves - gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. I salute every AmeriCorps member for his or her dedication and determination to ‘get things done’ and respond to the needs in their communities.”

The federal grant investment totals $505,479, which will support 53 AmeriCorps members serving through the Promoting Achievement and Student Success (PASS) AmeriCorps program. PASS AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the toughest problems in the San Diego area by providing critical mentoring and education support for at-risk students in middle, elementary, and high schools in Oceanside, San Diego, Valley Center, San Marcos, and VISTA Unified School Districts.

CNCS will also provide up to $225,225 in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or pay back student loans. The federal investment is projected to generate an additional $796,590 in local support to increase community impact and return on federal investment.

The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2016 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services, and continued a new initiative for governors and mayors.

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

Over the past two decades, more than 980,000 Americans have served in AmeriCorps providing more than 1.3 billion hours of service, and earning more than $3.1 billion in education scholarships. Later this year, the one millionth AmeriCorps member will take the AmeriCorps pledge, committing to ‘get things done’ for America.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov .

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