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Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs

Kentucky AmeriCorps programs contact

Carie M. Kizzar, Program Officer
Office: (502) 564-7420, ext. 3842
Mobile: (502) 229-8152

Andrew GottWorth, Data and Training Specialist
Office: (502) 564-7420, ext. 3843

Kentucky AmeriCorps grants contact

Shannon Ramsey, Operations Officer
Office: (502) 564-7420, ext. 3841
Mobile: (502) 783-6489

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 also can contact the listed program director or the Kentucky Program Officer.

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

Since AmeriCorps began in 1994, more than 11,000 Kentuckians have served more than 17 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $40.8 million.

2017-18 Kentucky AmeriCorps Grant Announcement

Kentucky Receives $6.5 Million in Service Grants

Federal funding will help meet critical state and local needs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2017) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today that Kentucky has received more than $6.5 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 23 programs with more than 800 total 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.

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2017-18 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program Grants

ATEAM

Sponsor: Barren County School Board (Glasgow)
Program Co-Director: Shannon Bailes, (270) 316-1005
Program Co-Director: Donna Morgan, (270) 453-3205
CNCS Grant: $498,811 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $753,210
Member Slots: 80
Ed Awards: $232,600
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members tutor targeted remedial students in kindergarten through grade 12 in reading and/or math using research based curriculums. ATEAM members leverage an additional 400 volunteers to be engaged in assisting students in tutoring and support of school based and program service projects.

Christian Appalachian Project AmeriCorps

Sponsor: Christian Appalachian Project
Program Director: Amy Schill, (606) 256-0973
CNCS Grant: $33,080 (Formula Fixed Amount – Education Award Program)
Local Match: $883,195
Member Slots: 70
Ed Awards: $240,446
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 residents of Eastern Kentucky. Members leverage an additional 1,000 volunteers to be engaged in housing repair.

Christian Appalachian Project AmeriCorps website

Economic Empowerment Corps

Sponsor: Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Frankfort)
Program Director: Whitney Reynolds, (502) 209-5382
CNCS Grant: $266,000 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $132,335
Member Slots: 20
Ed Awards: $116,300
CNCS Focus Area: Economic opportunity

Members provide economic empowerment services to domestic violence survivors at the 15 KCADV member programs and other community partners across the state. Members leverage an additional 600 volunteers to be engaged in assisting the members with financial education courses or helping participants in economic empowerment programs access community resources.

Economic Empowerment Corps website 

Environmental Education Leadership Corps

Sponsor: Kentucky Environmental Council
Planning Grant Contacts: Billy Bennett; Wesley Bullock
CNCS Grant: $61,360 (Formula Cost Reimbursement – Planning Grant)
Local Match: $26,020; Member Slots: 0; Ed Awards: $0
CNCS Focus Area(s): Environmental stewardship

Plans to support 10 members who will provide high quality environmental education across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

FRYSC Corps

Sponsor: Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (Shelbyville)
Program Director: Heather Musinski, (502) 564-4986 x3831
Member Coordinator: Alexis Allen, (502) 564-4986 x3593
CNCS Grant: $439,446 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $715,616
Member Slots: 90
Ed Awards: $266,734
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members provide literacy tutoring and student mentoring in economically disadvantaged schools in Northern, Central and Eastern Kentucky. Members leverage an additional 150 literacy peer mentors to be engaged in helping kindergarten to grade 5 students find pleasure in reading.

Gateway AmeriCorps

Sponsor: Gateway Community and Technical College (Florence)
Program Director: Wendy Schindler
Program Advisor: Kylie Keene, (859) 815-7788
CNCS Grant: $63,974 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $46,489
Member Slots: 22
Ed Awards: $27,098
CNCS Focus Area: 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 or regional government agencies or educational settings located in Northern Kentucky.

Global Game Changers In-Residence Expanded Learning Partnerships

Sponsor: Global Game Changers Children’s Education Initiative 
Program Director: Anne Walker, (502) 558-5732
Member Coordinator: Sara Beth Freytag
CNCS Grant: $146,920 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $300,000
Member Slots: 20
Ed Awards: $58,150
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members teach students in GGC Expanded Learning Programs in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Members leverage an additional 75 volunteers to be engaged in mentoring students and supporting classroom instruction during the course of the In-Residence Program.

Homes for All

Sponsor: Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky (Frankfort)
Program Director: Caitlin Szabo, (502) 223-1834, ext. 1117
CNCS Grant: $515,397 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $646,200
Member Slots: 38
Ed Awards: $209,340
CNCS Focus Area: Economic opportunity

Members serve as housing services members, providing construction, rehabilitation, repair and other housing service activities to increase Kentucky's safe and affordable housing stock for individuals and families that are low-income or have a disability. Members leverage at least 550 unduplicated volunteers each year.

Homes for All website

Kentucky College Coaches

Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights)
Program Director: Kristen Hedgebeth, (859) 572-7836
CNCS Grant: $428,869 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $420,756
Member Slots: 77
Ed Awards: $187,010
CNCS Focus Areas: Education, veterans and military families

Members coach high school students and Veterans pursuing post-secondary education. Members leverage an additional 500 volunteers to be engaged in helping high school students and veterans learn about careers, complete paperwork for college access and build a college-going culture in Kentucky.

Kentucky College Coaches website

Kentucky College Coaches on Campus (KC3)

Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights)
Planning Grant Contact: Gayle Hilleke 
CNCS Grant: $75,000 (Formula – Planning Grant)
Local Match: $23,469; Member Slots: 0; Ed Awards: $0
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education

Plans to engage members who will support economically disadvantaged students prepare for success in postsecondary educational institutions.

Kentucky READY Corps

Sponsor: Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond)
Program Director: Amy Hughes, (859) 622-8825
Program Co-Director: Chad Foster, (502) 622-2608
CNCS Grant: $204,093 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $88,729
Member Slots: 35
Ed Awards: $70,769
CNCS Focus Area: Disaster services

Members identify and provide direct assistance to individuals and groups vulnerable to disasters and conduct disaster planning with a focus on vulnerable individuals and groups in communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Louisville Metro Parks AmeriCorps

Sponsor: Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation (Louisville)
Program Director: Laura Ryan, (502) 574-6341
Sponsor: Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation
CNCS Grant: $198,593 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $95,528
Member Slots: 14
Ed Awards: $78,503
CNCS Focus Area: Environmental stewardship

Members help to protect and enhance environmental resources. They engage in improving parks, natural areas, historic properties and urban forest and public lands through invasive plant removal and natural woodland restoration, restoration/creation of trails; tree health maintenance, tree replacement/new plantings; environmental education and interpretive services; and recruitment, training and placement of volunteers to support these activities.

Morehead State University (MSU) Corps

Sponsor: Morehead State University (Morehead)
Program Director: Mary Claire Williams, (606) 783-2719
Member Coordinator: Rosita Napoleoni-Milan, (606) 783-9574
CNCS Grant: $402,900 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $616,405
Member Slots: 30
Ed Awards: $174,450
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members provide evidence-based math and reading tutoring in local elementary and middle schools using technology-based interventions to high-risk, economically disadvantaged students in 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky. Members leverage an additional 150 volunteers to be engaged in student success by providing a minimum of five hours of tutoring to students engaged in the intervention program.

MSUCorps website

PartnerCorps School Turnaround

Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College (Berea)
Program Director: Robert Bowers, (859) 200-3280
CNCS Grant: $839,998 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $409,884
Member Slots: 60
Ed Awards: $348,900
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members serve high school students in Clay, Knox and Perry Counties in rural Kentucky and are responsible for increasing attendance of high school students.

PartnerCorps SOAR

Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College (Berea)
Program Director: Dana Coots, (606) 275-3225
CNCS Grant: $278,585 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $136,998
Member Slots: 24
Ed Awards: $121,243
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members serve in Leslie County Schools in rural Kentucky and are responsible for improving student attendance.

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 STEM

Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College (Berea)
Program Director: Linda Stone, (859) 985-3710
Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea CollegeCNCS Grant: $320,718 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $149,690
Member Slots: 32
Ed Awards: $140,258
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members serve as mentors, tutors and college guides in Madison County, Kentucky. Members leverage an additional 24 volunteers to be engaged as presenters of STEM career opportunities.

The Plantory AmeriCorps

Sponsor: The Plantory
Planning Grant Contacts: Vanessa Cayson; Angela Baldridge
CNCS Grant: $58,315 (Formula Cost Reimbursement – Planning Grant)
Local Match: $18,354; Member Slots: 0; Ed Awards: $0
CNCS Focus Area(s): Economic opportunity, education, healthy futures

Plans to have 10 AmeriCorps members who will support the direct service efforts of local nonprofits in Lexington, KY. Members will leverage an additional 300 volunteers to be engaged in supporting local nonprofits.

REACH Corps School Turnaround

Sponsor: Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville)
Program Director: Ben Langley, (502) 485-3926
Member Coordinator: Jon Auslander-Price, (502) 485-3949
CNCS Grant: $327,021 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $138,873
Member Slots: 24
Ed Awards: $139,560
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members mentor disadvantaged students as priority and focus schools in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Members leverage 432 volunteers to be involved in tutoring, parent and community engagement activities and school-based service projects.

REACH Corps website

Senior Connections

Sponsor: Green River Area Development District (Owensboro)
Program Director: David Clark, (270) 926-4433
Program Assistant: Carolynn Kelley, (270) 926-4433
CNCS Grant: $590,920 (Formula Fixed Amount)
Local Match: $231,000
Member Slots: 44
Ed Awards: $255,860
CNCS Focus Areas: Disaster services, economic opportunity, healthy futures, 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 leverage 800 volunteers to be engaged in assisting the efforts of AmeriCorps members and training with AmeriCorps members to prepare for and recover from disasters that may affect the region.

Senior Connections website

Teach For America – Kentucky Appalachia

Sponsor: Teach For America (Hazard)
Program Coordinator: Rosie Ballinger
CNCS Grant: $46,000 (Competitive Fixed Amount – Education Award Program)
Local Match: $787,000
Member Slots: 46
Ed Awards: $267,490
CNCS Focus Area (s): Education

Members are responsible for teaching for two years in low-income and disadvantaged schools in Appalachian Kentucky.

Teach For America-Appalachia website

Teach Kentucky AmeriCorps

Sponsor: Teach Kentucky
Program Director: Isabel Maremont
Program Manager: Rowan Claypool 
CNCS Grant: $24,000 (Formula Fixed Amount – Education Award Program)
Member Slots: 24
Ed Awards: $139,560
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members are public middle and high school STEM teachers in Jefferson County Public Schools and other nearby counties.

UNITE Service Corps

Sponsor: Operation UNITE (London)
Program Director: Melinda Kincer, (606) 386-9077
Program Co-Director: Marionette Little, (865) 566-2177
CNCS Grant: $658,800 (Competitive Fixed Amount)
Local Match: $297,000
Member Slots: 54
Ed Awards: $314,010
CNCS Focus Area: Education

Members provide math tutoring and wellness curriculum to address drug prevention and nutritional education for students in grades 4 and 5. The USC members leverage an additional 1,100 volunteers to help with activities at their assigned schools.

UNITE Service Corps website 

UWBG Resource Corps

Sponsor: United Way of the Bluegrass (Lexington)
Planning Grant Contact: Brittany Howard
CNCS Grant: $75,000 (Formula Cost Reimbursement – Planning Grant)
Local Match: $23,156; Member Slots: 0; Ed Awards: 0
CNCS Focus Area: Economic Opportunity

Plans to place members at UWBG 2-1-1 Contact Center who will engage with individuals and families to ensure they have the necessary information to access human services.

Kentucky AmeriCorps Program History

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

For more information

Contact the listed program director or Carie Kizziar, KCCVS Program Officer, at (502) 564-7420 x3842 or (502) 229-8152.

 

Last Updated 12/11/2017