What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a National Service Program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), under the purview of the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism (NMCCV). FYI’s AmeriCorps program strives to address multiple student needs in alignment with comprehensive, elementary school turnaround plans to enhance their learning experience and obtain the skills necessary to meet their educational goals. The students achieve improved academic performance, academic engagement, and attendance outcomes by means of three distinct activities:
- 1. In-School Support services
- 2. Safe After School services
- 3. Safe Out-of-School-Time summer program services, known as “Enterprise City”
FYI members provide service primarily to economically disadvantaged children in academically low performing schools. Students come to view our members as mentors, role models, advisors, and a support system to listen to their cares and concerns, to advocate for them with school issues, and be a support in setting and achieving goals. Our members learn that each child has their own concerns, abilities, culture, and learning abilities and each is as unique as the other. FYI AmeriCorps members gain experience and skills working independently and as a team. They create, plan, and develop lessons, activities, and events for their students. Their experience is connected to future generations of learners. As role models and mentors, our members quickly learn the importance of being dependable, reliable, accountable, and organized. They also gain insight and understanding of their community and ways to help meet its specific needs through collaborative and collective efforts, engaging families, and leveraging resources. Our members leave this program motivated to achieve their life goals and prepared to ‘get things done’.
For more information about the schools we serve, our summer camp – Enterprise City – or to become an FYI AmeriCorps member, please contact us.