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Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs

Kentucky Receives $6.1 Million in Service Grants

Federal funding will help meet critical state and local needs

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jean West, 502-564-6786, ext. 3465, or Anya Armes Weber, ext. 3104

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 15, 2016) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today that Kentucky has received more than $6 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 19 programs with more than 1,000 members.

Most of the programs were funded through an annual grant competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages Americans of all ages in service. The remaining programs are funded through formula grant funds that are allocated to Kentucky by CNCS based on state population.

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) in the CHFS. AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. Members serve faith-based and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, local government entities and state agencies.
 
CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson said the grants will help address critical issues across the commonwealth – like teaching and tutoring students, combatting homelessness, providing drug resistance education, protecting environmental resources, serving veterans and military families, empowering victims of domestic violence and assisting low-income senior citizens.

“Service builds our workforce, it builds our community resources and it builds character,” Sec. Glisson said. “National service also builds partnerships that help make our Commonwealth stronger. Through these AmeriCorps grants, local citizens are addressing local needs.”

Glisson said that including additional local funding and educational grants, AmeriCorps programs will result in a $15.3 million investment in Kentucky. 

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2016-17 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program Grants

ActiveCorps/Bluegrass Self-Sufficiency Project

Sponsor: United Way of the Bluegrass (Lexington)
CNCS Grant: $273,002 (funded by formula grant)
Local Match: $163,649
Member Slots: 20
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $115,500
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education, Economic Opportunity

Members support United Way of the Bluegrass’ funded partner programs in Central Kentucky counties and are responsible for moving more than 1,000 families toward self-sufficiency. Members leverage an additional 600 community volunteers to be engaged in partner program activities focusing on income and education.

ATEAM AmeriCorps

Sponsor: Barren County School Board (Glasgow)
CNCS Grant: $498,811 (funded by competitive grant)
Local Match: $722,472
Member Positions: 80
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $231,000
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education

Members tutor targeted remedial students in Kindergarten through 12th grade in reading and/or math using research-based curriculums. Members serving in elementary schools ensure targeted students are reading at or above grade level by the end of the academic year. Members serving in middle and high schools ensure students are performing at grade level or above in the tutored subjects. In addition, members serving at high schools mentor students to aid in the prevention of student dropouts and support post-secondary education and workforce readiness. Members leverage an additional 400 community volunteers for student engagement, and to support school-based and program-sponsored service projects.

Christian Appalachian Project AmeriCorps

Sponsor: Christian Appalachian Project
CNCS Grant: $47,572 (funded by formula grant)
Local Match: $835,623
Member Positions: 91  (Education Award Program)
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $343,439
CNCS Focus Areas: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Healthy Futures

Members provide housing services, long-term hunger support, emergency assistance, disaster relief, early childhood education, character education and tutoring, summer programming, and elderly and disability services for people in need in 14 Eastern Kentucky counties. Members are responsible for a number of positive outcomes, including affordable, safe, warm, and dry housing, decreased food insecurity, the immediate meeting of crisis needs, increased school readiness and non-cognitive skills, and greater independence and social support for the elderly, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers. Members leverage an additional 1,000 community volunteers to assist with housing repair and summer camp.

Economic Empowerment Corps

Sponsor: Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Frankfort)
CNCS Grant: $266,000 (funded by competitive grant)
Local Match: $132,333
Member Positions: 20
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $115,500
CNCS Focus Area(s): Economic Opportunity

Members provide economic empowerment services to survivors of domestic violence through existing coalition program and community partner sites across the commonwealth. Members are responsible for providing 1,200 survivors with financial education, individual financial counseling and case management services. Members also provide credit counseling and will leverage an additional 600 community volunteers to support economic empowerment efforts.

FRYSC Corps

Sponsor: Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (Shelbyville)
CNCS Grant: $439,446 (funded by competitive grant)
Local Match: $629,588
Member Positions: 90
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $264,899
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education

Members provide literacy tutoring and student mentoring in economically disadvantaged schools in Northern, Central and Eastern Kentucky. Members assist K-12 students to meet expected literacy goals and increase positive behaviors. In addition, members will leverage an additional 150 community volunteers to serve as literacy peer mentors for elementary students.

Gateway AmeriCorps

Sponsor: Gateway Community College (Florence)
CNCS Grant: $38,503 (funded by formula grant)
Local Match: $54,048
Member Slots: 20
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $27,489
CNCS Focus Area(s): Capacity Building

Members apply academic knowledge and skills to provide needed direct and indirect services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families through skills-based matched placements at non-profits, local/regional government agencies, or educational entities located Northern Kentucky counties. Members are responsible for serving more than 2,000 Kentuckians, and for ensuring at least 70 percent participating agencies report improvements in the organization’s service capacity.

Homes for All

Sponsor: Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky (Frankfort)
CNCS Grant: $545,381 (funded by formula grant)
Local Match: $192,500
Member Positions: 43
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $248,325
CNCS Focus Area: Economic Opportunity (Opportunity Youth priority)

Members serve as housing services specialists who provide case management, financial literacy, construction, rehabilitations, and other housing service activities in order to increase Kentucky’s safe and affordable housing stock for individuals and families that are low-income or have a disability. Members provide housing services to 3,500 low-income individuals or people with disabilities. At least 1,350 of these consumers will be successfully housed by Homes for All members. Members leverage 550 community volunteers to assist with program goals.

Kentucky College Coaches

Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights)
CNCS Grant: $406,853 (funded by formula grant)
Local Match: $255,265
Member Positions: 79
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $191,499
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members serve as near peer coaches to high school students in 32 Kentucky counties, assisting students in building skills and gathering needed information to succeed academically and to navigate college preparatory tests, find scholarships, complete federal student aid applications and choose a college or post-secondary program that fits their skills and experience. Members are responsible for assisting disadvantaged youth graduate from high school and enroll in college. Less than full-time members provide support for first generation or disadvantaged college freshman and sophomores in six Kentucky counties to continue support for students once they get to college. Members are responsible for assisting college students to persist in school and ensuring participating students graduate on time. Members leverage an additional 500 community volunteers to assist with college access activities.

Kentucky Service Corps

Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights)
CNCS Grant: $52,000 (funded by formula grant)
Local Match: $57,640
Member Positions: 274 (Education Award Program)
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $375,375
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education, Veteran and Military Families

Members, who are themselves low-income, first generation, disadvantaged, underserved and/or veteran college students, provide communities with service learning experiences in schools, nonprofits and government agencies across the commonwealth. In the process of providing service to others, members strengthen their own resilience to stay in college and earn a college degree. Members provide service to more than 5,000 Kentuckians, with at least 10 percent being college students at risk of dropping out. Members leverage an additional 400 volunteers to assist with program goals.

KY READY Corps

Sponsor: Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond)
CNCS Grant: $19,952 (funded by formula grant)
Local Match: $14,302
Member Slots: n/a (Planning Grant)
CNCS Focus Area: n/a

Eastern Kentucky University will commence planning activities in preparation to apply for a full AmeriCorps program for the next grant cycle. The proposed program, Kentucky Students for Disaster Readiness and Resiliency Corps (KY READY Corps), will focus students on strengthening disaster readiness and resilience.

Louisville Metro Parks AmeriCorps

Sponsor: Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation (Louisville)
CNCS Grant: $188,839 (funded by formula grant)
Local Match: $87,691
Member Positions: 14
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $80,850
CNCS Focus Area(s): Environmental Stewardship 

Members help to protect and enhance environmental resources in Jefferson County. Members improve parks, natural areas, historic properties, urban forest and public lands through invasive plant removal and natural woodland restoration, restoration/creation of trails, tree health maintenance, tree replacement/new plantings, providing environmental education and interpretive services, and recruiting, training and placement of 150 community volunteers to support the program’s environmental activities.

MSUCorps

Sponsor: Morehead State University (Morehead)
CNCS Grant: $402,900 (funded by competitive grant)
Local Match: $616,783
Member Positions: 30
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $173,250
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education

Members provide evidence-based math and reading tutoring in elementary and middle schools using technology-based interventions to 900 high-risk, economically disadvantaged students in 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky. Members are responsible for ensuring 85 percent of enrolled students enrolled increase math and reading skills by one level gain, based on assessment data, and for ensuring 70 percent of enrolled students demonstrate an increase in academic engagement behaviors. Members leverage an additional 150 community volunteers for student engagement and tutoring assistance.

PartnerCorps School Turnaround

Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College (Berea)
CNCS Grant: $867,328 (funded by competitive grant)
Local Match: $350,833
Member Positions: 60
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $346,500
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education (School Turnaround funding priority)

Members serve as mentors, college advisors and family connectors for students in rural high schools in Clay, Knox and Perry Counties. Members are responsible for ensuring students increase attendance.

PartnerCorps SOAR

Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College (Berea)
CNCS Grant: $278,587 (funded by competitive grant)
Local Match: $114,350
Member Positions: 24
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $120,409
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education

Members serve in rural schools in Leslie County and are responsible for ensuring students increase attendance. Members provide case management, mentoring and tutoring services to students and their families using the evidence-proven strategy called Check and Connect.

PartnerCorps STEM

Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College (Berea)
CNCS Grant: $265,974 (funded by competitive grant)
Local Match: $157,015
Member Positions: 20
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $115,500
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education

Members provide tutoring and homework assistance in Algebra while connecting math to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career pathways, in three rural high schools in Madison County. Members are responsible for improvements in academic results and in students’ understanding of STEM career pathways. Members leverage 20 community volunteers who are STEM professionals to assist with program goals.

REACH Corps School Turnaround

Sponsor: Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville)
CNCS Grant: $327,021 (funded by competitive grant)
Local Match: $138,881
Member Positions: 24
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $138,600
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education (School Turnaround funding priority)

REACH stands for Ready to Extend A Caring Hand, and members mentor disadvantaged students at priority and focus schools in Jefferson County. Members are responsible for ensuring participating students improve their attendance and academic engagement. Members will leverage 430 community volunteers to assist in tutoring, parent and community engagement activities and school-based service projects.

Senior Connections

Sponsor: Green River Area Development District (Owensboro)
CNCS Grant: $490,200 (funded by formula grant)
Local Match: $192,500
Member Positions: 38
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $219,450
CNCS Focus Area(s): Healthy Futures, Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Veterans and Military Families

Members provide a range of services and social support to seniors, to reduce the rate of hospitalization among Medicare beneficiaries at a variety of service sites. Members are responsible for providing food, services, transportation and social support to 6,000 older adults in the 7-County Green River Area. Members will leverage 800 community volunteers to assist efforts to train with members to prepare for and recover from disasters that may affect the region.

Teach For America – Kentucky

Sponsor: Teach For America (Hazard)
CNCS Grant: $36,800 (funded by competitive grant)
Local Match: $14,900
Member Positions: 46 (Education Award Program)
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $265,650
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education (Professional Corps)

Members serve as teachers in low-income rural schools across the central Appalachian school districts in southeastern Kentucky. Members are responsible for improving the educational outcomes for more than 3,500 students. Members will leverage an additional 140 community volunteers to serve as guest lecturers in classrooms, to work one-on-one and with small groups of students for remediation, and to assist students with college and technical school applications.

UNITE Service Corps

Sponsor: Operation UNITE (London)
CNCS Grant: $658,800 (funded by competitive grant)
Local Match: $297,000
Member Positions: 54
Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards: $311,850
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education

Members serve in 54 of the poorest elementary schools in Eastern Kentucky, using a two-fold approach to provide math tutoring and healthy choices curriculum to address drug prevention and nutritional education for 4th and 5th grade students. Members are responsible for ensuring participating students show a 30 percent increase in math scores and in their knowledge of healthy choices. Members serve as drug education coordinators within their service site schools and leverage an additional 1,100 community volunteers to help with school activities.

Applying for Kentucky AmeriCorps
  • Positions are for AmeriCorps members. Learn more about the programs by reading the descriptions .
  • To see what programs have openings, go to My.AmeriCorps.gov and search for AmeriCorps State/National programs in Kentucky.
  • If you are interested, create a profile and apply online at AmeriCorps.gov.
  • You can also contact the listed program directors.

If you are interested in applying for a grant for an AmeriCorps program, please visit the Grant Information page.

Since 1994, more than 10,000 Kentuckians have served more than 16 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $37.5 million.

Curious what Kentucky AmeriCorps members accomplished last program year? Check out our infographic.

Current Programs

2015-16 Kentucky AmeriCorps State Programs

Sept. 1, 2015 - Aug. 31, 2016

  1. ATEAM
  2. Disaster Services Corps
  3. Economic Empowerment Corps
  4. FRYSC Corps
  5. Homes for All
  6. Kentucky College Coaches
  7. MSUCorps
  8. PartnerCorps STEM
  9. REACH Corps
  10. Senior Connections
  11. Teach For America - Appalachia
  12. UNITE Service Corps
    2015-16 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program Map

Resources

Press Release: Kentucky Receives $3.7 Million in Service Grants

National Press Release: National Service Agency Announces $218 Million in AmeriCorps Funding

2015-16 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program Descriptions

2015-16 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program Directors

2015-16 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program Map

2015-16 Kentucky National Service Program Map

ATEAM

Description: Members are committed to providing tutoring and mentoring assistance to Kentucky students in elementary through high school. In partnership with supportive schools and involved communities, ATEAM aims to support dropout prevention and post-secondary education and workforce readiness.

Program Sponsor: Barren County School District

Program Co-Director: Shannon Bailes, (270) 684-5300
Gateway Academy, 2401 McConnell Ave., Owensboro, KY 42301

Program Co-Director: Donna Morgan, (270) 453-3205
P.O. Box 29, 149 Cardinal Blvd., Hiseville, KY 42152

ATEAM website

Disaster Services Corps

Description: Members leverage volunteers, educate the community about disaster preparedness, receive training as disaster responders and initiate development of disaster kits.

Program Sponsor: Green River Area Development District

Program Director: David Clark, (270) 926-4433
Program Coordinator: Carolynn Kelley, (800) 928-9094
300 GRADD Way, Owensboro, KY 42301

GRADD AmeriCorps website

Economic Empowerment Corps

Description: Members in this statewide program serve as economic empowerment specialists, volunteer and community outreach specialists and youth programming specialists to support survivors of domestic violence.

Program Sponsor: Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Program Director: Michelle Fiore, (502) 209-5382
KCADV, 111 Darby Shire Circle, Frankfort, KY 40601

Economic Empowerment Corps website

FRYSC Corps

Description: FRYSC Corps members are literacy tutors who help kids struggling to read better. They support their host FRYSCs meet nonacademic basic needs of students so they can come to school each day ready to learn. FRYSC Corps members also engage students and families in their communities by creating volunteer opportunities and promoting the AmeriCorps spirit of getting things done.

Program Sponsor: Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative

Program Director: Heather Musinski, (502) 564-4986 x3831
Member Coordinator: Carie Kizziar, (502) 564-4986 x3843
Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers
275 E. Main St., Mail Stop 3C-G, Frankfort, KY 40621

FRYSC Corps website

Homes for All

Formerly called Build Corps

Description: In this statewide program, members have an impact in their communities through homelessness prevention, housing placement services and low-income housing construction and repair.

Program Sponsor: Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky

Program Director: Kelly Dycus, (502) 223-1834
Program Assistant: Caitlin Szabo
306 W. Main St., Suite 207, Frankfort, KY 40601

Build Corps website

Kentucky College Coaches

Description: Members serve as college coaches in this statewide program designed to increase the high school graduation rate among low-income and underserved students and enroll students in postsecondary institutions toward the goal of earning a college degree.

Program Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation

Program Director: Kristen Hedgebeth, (859) 572-7836
Founders Hall 538, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099
Program Coordinator: Megan Morris, (859) 572-7725
Landrum 326, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099

Kentucky College Coaches website

MSUCorps

Description: Members tutor academically at-risk students using approved reading curriculum and recruit and train community volunteers to be reading tutors. Members develop and demonstrate skills in tutoring, civic engagement and volunteer recruitment.

Program Sponsor: Morehead State University

Program Director: Mary Claire Williams, (606) 783-2719
Member Coordinator: Rosita Napoleoni-Milan
Educational Services Building, 627 E. Main St., Morehead, KY 40351

MSUCorps website

PartnerCorps STEM

STEM AmeriCorps

Description: PartnerCorps STEM members provide tutoring and homework assistance in algebra while connecting mathematics to STEM career pathways, resulting in improved academic results in mathematics. The program serves three rural high schools in Madison County.

Program Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College

Program Contact: Linda Stone, (859) 985-3710

PartnerCorps STEM website

REACH Corps

Description: Members serve in elementary and middle school family resource and youth services centers to help students showing signs of chronic absenteeism and to provide assistance to families facing multiple economic, educational and health challenges that can be barriers to student success in school.

Program Sponsor: Jefferson County Public Schools

Program Director: Ben Langley, (502) 485-3926
Member Coordinator: Jon Auslander-Price, (502) 574-4178
Aherns Education Center, 546 S. First St., Room 204, Louisville, KY 40202

Senior Connections

Description: Members provide in-home, site-based and transportation services and social support to seniors and others with disabilities as a means to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations for Medicare recipients. Members are trained in disaster response and assist in local service projects.

Program Sponsor: Green River Area Development District

Program Director: David Clark, (270) 926-4433
Program Assistant: Carolynn Kelley
300 GRADD Way, Owensboro, KY 42301
Toll-free: (800) 928-9094

GRADD AmeriCorps website

Teach For America - Appalachia

Description: Members are committed to providing all students with an education that enables them to be college and career ready, and closes Kentucky’s achievement gaps between low-income and more-affluent students. Teach for America partners with school districts in eastern Kentucky to provide a pipeline of talented educators for principals to consider when making hiring decisions.

Program Sponsors: Teach For America; Lawrence, Martin, Floyd, Pike, Morgan, Perry, Breathitt, Knox, Whitley, Harlan, Letcher, Pulaski and Leslie County Schools. Jenkins Independent, Harlan Independent, Hazard Independent, Middlesboro Independent and Somerset Independent schools.

Program Director: Josh Sparks, (606) 436-6000
470 Main St., Suite 1, Hazard, KY 41701
Program Coordinator: Crystal Kinser, (859) 905-0295
501 W. Sixth St., Suite 250, Lexington, KY 40508

Teach For America - Appalachia website

UNITE Service Corps

Description: Members provide math tutoring and drug abuse prevention education for at-risk students and serve as drug education coordinators in their service site schools.

Program Sponsor: Operation UNITE

Program Co-Director: Eugene Newsome, (606) 639-6176
102 Stagger Fork, Pikeville, KY 41501
Program Co-Director: Melinda Kincer

UNITE Service Corps website

PartnerCorps School Turnaround

National Direct Program

Description: Members serve at two rural schools: Knox Central High School and Leslie County High School. Members serve as mentors, college advisers and family connectors. The program adopts a research-based framework for delivering services with supporting activities that reflect best practices for engaging low-income and rural students.

Program Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College

Program Director: Robert Bowers, 859-200-3280

PartnerCorps School Turnaround website

Kentucky AmeriCorps Program History

2014-15

2013-14

For more information

Contact the listed program director or Carrie Stith-Webster, KCCVS Program Officer, at (502) 564-7420 x3842 or (502) 229-6439.

 

Last Updated 7/15/2016