FRYSC CORPS is an AmeriCorps program partnering with the Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers to help students who struggle to read well and support FRYSCs.
The Corporation for National Community Service funds FRYSC CORPS through a federal grant that provides a living allowance, health benefits and training for individuals to act as reading tutors at host FRYSCs throughout districts in targeted Kentucky counties. This grant also allows school districts to engage high school students in service to families, schools and communities.
FRYSC CORPS members are AmeriCorps members who commit to a term of service that may last up to two years. They serve under the supervision of FRYSC coordinators in cooperation with principals and teachers. Full-time members provide individual and small-group reading tutoring for students identified as at risk for academic failure. Members support school reading efforts to give struggling students the tools necessary to achieve success while in school and beyond. Minimum-time members are high school students who act to address food insecurity in their communities while gaining valuable work experience as they support FRYSC programs.
FRYSC CORPS members are in a unique position to contribute service to FRYSC core components because they are in centers and work directly with students.
FRYSC Corps Mission Statement
FRYSC CORPS is an AmeriCorps project whose members are committed to serving Kentucky children in partnership with caring families, supportive schools and resource centers, active communities and dedicated volunteers to provide literacy-rich opportunities to help K-12 students improve their reading skills and life-long opportunities.
- More than 30 AmeriCorps members serve full time in FRYSCs during the school year (1700 hours).
- Trained reading tutors may work with K-12 students.
- Members provide 15-25 students tutoring for more than 13 hours each during the service term.
- 30 high school students serve 300 hours during the school year.
- Youth members address food insecurity in their communities. They organize food drives, manage food pantries and volunteer with community food banks.
- Members give direct support for FRYSC core components to eliminate nonacademic barriers to learning.
- Members earn up to $14,279 living allowance and $6,195 education award paid through the FRYSC Corps grant.
- High school student members earn $1,311 in education funds for college or vocational education.
- Members may qualify for AmeriCorps-sponsored health insurance and childcare assistance.
- Host sites pay $6,500 for 1,700 hours of FRYSC Corps literacy service. No cash match is required to host a student member.
- Partner site applications available March 1 and are due April 1.
- Program begins Sept. 1.