Ohio AmeriCorps Programs

 

ServeOhio administers Ohio AmeriCorps programs through formula and competitive funding to help solve the state’s most critical challenges. In Program Year 2020-2021, ServeOhio supports 900+ AmeriCorps members who will give 1.2 million hours of service at 600+ service sites across the state and will earn $4.2 million in education awards. 

 


2020-21 AmeriCorps State Programs       


 

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EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Improving Learning, Strengthening Schools

City Year - Cleveland

76 AmeriCorps members provide full-day academic and engagement services to students in nine public schools in Cleveland, Ohio. At the end of the third program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing whole class support for English and math classrooms providing individualized services and student progress monitoring to improve English, math and attendance; implementing extended day activities; and improving school climate. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers who will be engaged as member mentors and service projects that improve our schools. For more information, contact Jillian Svala.

City Year - Columbus

62 AmeriCorps members provide full-day academic and school engagement services to students in seven public schools in Columbus, Ohio. At the end of the third program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing whole class support for English and math classrooms providing individualized services and student progress monitoring to improve English, math and attendance; implementing extended day activities; and improving school climate. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers who will be engaged as member mentors and service projects that improve our schools.  For more information, contact Tiffani Gottlieb.

College Now Greater Cleveland – Ohio College Guides

70 Ohio College Guides AmeriCorps members deliver programs and counseling on college and career exploration and financial education to 6th through 12th graders; provide support to 11th and 12th graders on postsecondary access and financial planning; and facilitate successful postsecondary transitions, persistence and ongoing financial education with high school graduates. At the end of the program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for ensuring 6,050 of the upper-class students they serve complete at least one advising session and one milestone on their path to a postsecondary education. For more information, contact Bridget McFadden.

College Now Greater Cleveland – Career Pathway Coaches

10 AmeriCorps members deliver curriculum on college and career and serve as role models and coaches for incoming freshman students in five Cleveland Metropolitan School District Academies of Cleveland High Schools to impact the skills and career gap in Greater Cleveland. Members will maintain on going communication with parents, teachers and related staff about student progress and identify learning gaps and facilitate one-on-one tutoring and other appropriate interventions. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for impacting an increase in student's knowledge of career and college opportunities; interest in further pursuing a path toward a postsecondary education and belief that their postsecondary college or career goals can become a reality. For more information, contact Bridget McFadden.

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio – Ohio Reading and Math Corps

120 AmeriCorps Members provide ongoing individualized math and reading intervention for students in kindergarten through grade five who have not met grade level proficiency in elementary schools in central, northeast, and southwest counties. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps Members will be responsible for providing literacy interventions and helping them achieve grade-level reading or math proficiency and/or demonstrate one year of growth in reading or math achievement. In addition, the AmeriCorps Members leverage youth volunteers who will be engaged in Global Youth Service Day activities including creating number lines and bookmarks for students in their communities who have limited access to math and reading materials. For more information, contact Sean Noe.

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio – AmeriCorps Mentors for Success

20 AmeriCorps members serve as near-peer mentors for middle and high school students in Central Ohio (Franklin, Delaware, Union, and Ross Counties). At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for increased school attendance and academic performance for students served. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 20 volunteers who will be engaged in Global Youth Service Day activities to get community members involved in volunteering. For more information, contact Hannah Baise

Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association - NCA Community Connector Corps

30 AmeriCorps members provide quality out of school time programs with a focus on educational opportunities, positive social interactions, and outreach for K-12 students and their families in Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools or non-profit organizations, and support aging in place programs with one-on-one and group activities in Cleveland neighborhoods. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for empowering students to improve their academic engagement and social-emotional skills; and also contribute to outreach efforts to engage older adults to receive enrichment programs to decrease social isolation and loneliness and support independent living safely in their homes. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage volunteers who will engage in providing peer and youth mentoring services, community service projects, and/or enhancing opportunities to support the project. For more information, contact Emily Erbs

Horizon Education Centers – HEC Family Engagement

22 AmeriCorps members provide academic enrichment and social-emotional engagement in the cities of Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain, and North Olmsted, Ohio. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving social-emotional skills among students served. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 100 volunteers who will be engaged in National Days of Service, supporting community collaboratives, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. For more information, contact Nicolle Bellmorepierse.

John Carroll University - Health Professions Affinity Community

50 AmeriCorps members facilitate a volunteer health corps across Ohio that provides rural and urban economically disadvantaged middle and high school youth with academic and career support through the utilization of a service-learning model. For more information, contact Anita Iveljic

Shawnee State University - Project BEAR

21 AmeriCorps members provide literacy instruction in local childcare facilities and preschools, local head start classrooms, and family childcare centers. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing over 13,000 hours of literacy instruction to improve school readiness scores as evidenced by the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment scores. For more information, contact Hayley Venturino

Springfield Promise Neighborhood - Springfield PromiseCorps

20 AmeriCorps members assist with pre-school youth and families to participate in a pipeline of services that will help them prepare for Kindergarten and tutor youth K - 3 classrooms in four elementary schools serving low income youth in south Springfield, Ohio. At the end of the first year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for engaging 20 families in the early childhood program and 300 students will have participated in the early childhood tutoring. For more information, contact Zach Cohn.

Teach for America – Ohio

111 AmeriCorps members are responsible for teaching for two years in low-income schools, going above and beyond traditional expectations to help their students achieve at high levels in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Dayton. At the end of the program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for increasing the academic achievement of the 7,900 students they teach. For more information, contact Stephanie Toman.

University of Dayton - University of Dayton Community Corps

46 AmeriCorps members serve in two of Dayton Metro Libraries and four Neighborhood School Centers with their Family Resource offices. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing educational and social support to children and their families in Dayton. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage university and community volunteers who will be engaged in educational enrichment activities and educational support for the patrons of these programs. For more information, contact Carl Soares.

Zoological Society of Cincinnati – Zoo Unto Others AmeriCorps Program

10 AmeriCorps members provide quality STEM education to economically disadvantaged preK-12 students and their teachers to improve science literacy and student engagement and to engage Zoo visitors and community members in environmentally conscious practices and behaviors to improve knowledge and encourage behavior change. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for increasing the science literacy and academic engagement of 1,690 of these students, and increasing the conservation knowledge and intent to change behavior for 2,500 zoo visitors. For more information, contact Amanda Losekamp.

 

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS: Building Skills, Increasing Impact

Ohio Children's Alliance - Ohio Children's Alliance TAY AmeriCorps Program

10 AmeriCorps members serve as Peer Support Specialists for transition age youth ages (TAY) 17-21 who are preparing to emancipate or have emancipated from foster care throughout the state of Ohio. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for increasing awareness of post emancipation options and improving compliance with post emancipation plans among soon to be former foster youth. In addition, AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers for community service projects. For more information, contact Tina Jacob.

Ohio Domestic Violence Network - Financial Freedom Corps

20 AmeriCorps members provide economic opportunity services to domestic violence survivors who receive services at twenty member domestic violence programs across Ohio. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing survivors with financial education/economic empowerment services and housing counseling. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers who will be engaged in assisting members with financial education courses or helping participants access community resources. For more information, contact Cassie Baker.

Ohio Historical Society  - Ohio History Service Corps

10 AmeriCorps members support local history and historic preservation organizations to build much-needed organizational and community education outreach capacity; and build economic development opportunity through the preservation of Ohio's historic property resources. AmeriCorps members will leverage volunteers and build capacity for local history organizations across the state. For more information, contact Betsy Hedler.

Santa Maria Community Services – Project Advance

17 AmeriCorps members serve as Economic Opportunity Support Coaches, Employment Coaches, GED/ESL Coaches, Housing Coaches and Health Navigators at 10 different low-income Cincinnati sites. By the end of the program year, members will help individuals with education, employment, housing and health-related services. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers who will assist in employment, education or housing support services as tutors or program assistants &/or health access services as medical, client services or event assistants. For more information, contact Hunter Lang.

University Settlement – NEO Skill Corps

15 AmeriCorps members provide financial literacy, adult basic education and basic skill development in Cleveland, OH. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for enhancing client knowledge of financial concepts and increasing client preparation and connection to employment and post-secondary education. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers who will be engaged in financial coaching, tutoring, access to technology and mock interviews. For more information, contact Sandra Buckner.

 

HEALTHY FUTURES PROGRAMS: Promoting Health, Wellness, and Environmental Sustainability

Baldwin Wallace University - AmeriCorps CHANGE, INC.

12 AmeriCorps members serve as Community Health and Empowerment Navigators for Cleveland residents vulnerable to food insecurity at the MetroHealth System, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, and Metro West Community Development Organization. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for increasing vulnerable individuals’ knowledge of and motivation to utilize existing food, nutrition, and health and economic opportunity resources available within the Cleveland communities. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers with assistance for referring participants to existing food, nutrition, and health and economic opportunity resources. For more information, contact Valerie Beutel.

Mercy Health - Mercy Health Corps

11 AmeriCorps members provide services related to the reduction and prevention of prescription drug and opioid abuse in urban and rural Mercy Health emergency departments in Ohio. The AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing education and information on substance abuse; linkages to healthcare and social services, including treatment; and access to resources to patients and care givers in select Emergency Departments. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers who will be engaged in a National Day of Service community project and other service and outreach events during his or her tenure. For more information, contact Lainie Kast

Ohio Campus Compact - Ohio Campus Corps

18 AmeriCorps members work with students on college and university campuses across Ohio to provide resources to address student needs that are barriers to academic success. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for ensuring a student resource center is developed on the host site campus, creating a list of available resources on-campus and off-campus, and working with students who visit student resource centers. For more information, contact Farrah Chrstos.

Ohio University - COMCorps

17 AmeriCorps members create and support social and physical environments that promote good health for all and enhance quality of life in Athens County. At the end of the program year, all AmeriCorps members will be responsible for teaching a yearlong nutrition education program to 400 students each week, increasing knowledge of and taste preferences for healthy foods. Members, through service at their sites, will serve 2,800 individuals through initiatives that will result in positive health knowledge and outcomes. For more information, contact Lauren Borovicka.

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation - Serving Ohio Veterans AmeriCorps Program

5 AmeriCorps members focus on Veterans and Military Families by promoting Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and working with community-based veteran organizations in the major cities of Ohio. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for individuals reporting a change in behavior or intent to change their behavior to improve their health. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers to assist with National Days of Service projects. For more information, contact Jason Hughes.

Rural Action – Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps

31 AmeriCorps members educate youth and the public, restore, conserve, and preserve environmental resources, improve food distribution to people in poverty, connect community members to their history, heritage, and sense of place, and further economic sustainability in Appalachian Ohio. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for healthier streams, a more engaged public acting as citizen stewards, increased direct service through volunteerism, and their own growth in knowledge and transferrable workplace skills. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers who will serve more in communities of need, building trails, planting trees, cleaning up dumpsites, recovering resources, joining in education activities, improving the health of our watersheds, and engaging in citizen science. For more information, contact Shannon Stewart.

Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners, Inc. - NOWCorps

15 AmeriCorps members improve water quality, habitat quality, and public awareness of their impact on watersheds in several host sites including Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners, Chagrin River Watershed Partners, The Nature Conservancy, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, Erie Soil & Water Conservation District, Lake Soil & Water Conservation District, and the Cleveland Metroparks. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving 10 miles of river, making 300 potential volunteers aware of the NOWCorps program, empowering 100 new volunteers to join efforts in one of the host site organizations, gaining skills in watershed management, public engagement, first aid, and stormwater management. For more information, contact Julie Stark.