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Every day, Ohioans are making extraordinary contributions to the communities where they live, work, and play. Learn more about the impact AmeriCorps members and volunteers have on the communities they serve, stay current on service and volunteerism trends, and be the first to know about upcoming funding opportunities, events, and special initiatives.


Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio

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ServeOhio Strengthens Academic Outcomes Across the Education Continuum

Academic success is the top AmeriCorps funding priority for ServeOhio – in the current program year, we are investing $5.1 million to increase student achievement.  ServeOhio mobilizes hundreds of AmeriCorps Members as tutors, coaches, mentors and teachers – helping students succeed throughout the entire education continuum – from kindergarten readiness to college access and completion.

  • At program sites in Columbus and Cleveland, 28 AmeriCorps Members are working in distressed communities to improve school readiness and early literacy by working with young children and their parents to increase first-learning opportunities and family engagement. In the current program year alone, these AmeriCorps Members will provide progressive literacy interventions to over 900 preschool youth. (Community Properties of Ohio Impact Corporation/CPO Building Blocks; Horizon Education Centers/HEC Family Engagement)
  • 150 Ohio Reading Corps and Ohio Math Corps Members are placed across the state – providing individualized and small group interventions to over 2,300 K -5 students who are not meeting grade-level proficiency standards in reading or math.  Last year, over 1,250 K-3 students met grade-level proficiency and/or made more than one year of progress working with Ohio Reading Corps AmeriCorps Members. (Educational Service Center of Central Ohio/Ohio Reading Corps, Ohio Math Corps)
  • 116 AmeriCorps Members in Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland serve within mentoring organizations and public schools to increase academic success, reduce chronic absenteeism and improve graduation rates by enhancing school climate and providing individualized student support. Last year, AmeriCorps Members from these programs provided intensive mentoring to over 1,500 students – increasing individual attendance rates, as well as, social and emotional well-being. (Sinclair Community College/Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County AmeriCorps; City Year Columbus; City Year Cleveland)
  • 50 AmeriCorps Members are working in rural and urban communities to provide the direct academic and skill support necessary for individual students to develop specific, sustainable career goals that will allow them to remain in their local community. In the current program year, AmeriCorps Members will provide nearly 3,000 students – mostly from rural communities – with career planning support. (Northeast Ohio Medical University/Corps for Rural Success and Health; College Now Greater Cleveland/AmeriCorps Career Coaches)
  • Statewide, 75 AmeriCorps Members are serving with local schools and college access organizations to provide college advising and career mentoring to over 12,500 students in low-wealth school districts.  AmeriCorps Member service activities include assistance with completing financial aid documents, reviewing college application materials, and researching scholarship opportunities for individual students. In the last completed program year, AmeriCorps Members served over 15,000 students in grades 6-10 and nearly 11,000 students in 11th and 12th grades – helping the students craft age-appropriate career and college plans.  (College Now Greater Cleveland/Ohio College Guides)
  • 32 AmeriCorps Members are placed on 17 community college campuses across the state to serve over 7,000 students – helping individual students achieve higher levels of course completion and higher credit hour accumulation rates in progression to their attainment of postsecondary credentials.  Last year, AmeriCorps Members supported over 3,700 community college students in the completion of development education credits; coached students earned roughly 70% of the developmental education credits they attempted which is a significantly higher rate than non-coached students.   (Ohio Association of Community Colleges/AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches)

This is just a sampling of the range of academic support provided by AmeriCorps Members across the state.  These members will provide over 960,000 hours of service at more than 370 service sites during this school year – helping students succeed in school now and prepare for the future.

ServeOhio and AmeriCorps – strengthening academic outcomes across the education continuum to provide a brighter future for all Ohioans.

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