A Pathway to Education and Careers in Rhode Island.
A study of AmeriCorps Rhode Island alumni, those who completed their term of service, by DataHub concluded the program was a “brain gain” for the state.
The Corporation for National Service and Community Service reports that AmeriCorps members in Rhode Island have earned $23.3 million in scholarships between 1994 and 2017. In addition to a small living allowance, AmeriCorps members earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award when they complete their service. The service scholarship can be applied to prior loans or future tuition. When DataHub examined National Student Clearinghouse Data on college enrollment, it found that 9 out every 10 AmeriCorps RI members who continued their studies chose a Rhode Island school. In addition, DataHub found through RI Department of Labor data that nearly two-thirds of AmeriCorps alumni worked in Rhode Island regardless of whether they completed their service one year or 10 years ago. The majority of alumni had careers in education and second in health care and other social assistance, continuing in their careers to serve Rhode Island.
A national study of AmeriCorps alumni confirms our local experience. It found that AmeriCorps alumni are more likely to obtain a bachelor’s degree than the average American and eight out of ten alumni surveyed report that AmeriCorps had a direct benefit on their career path.
Get things Done for Rhode Island.
AmeriCorps members in Rhode Island meet a variety of pressing needs for our state. Our slogan is Get Things Done. In particular, Rhode Island members aim to close opportunity gaps for kids, supporting their school attendance and engagement, reading proficiency, STEM and arts education, and college access. Many members provide high quality afterschool and summer programming to extend learning and enrichment out of school.
During the 2017-18 school year and summer, AmeriCorps members are providing these services to 7,972 students at 10 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 16 high schools, and 11 nonprofit organizations. The measurable outcomes will include that 1,576 children improve their reading and math proficiency, 881 students will increase school attendance and/or decrease school discipline referrals, and 750 students will enroll in college.
For example in Woonsocket, AmeriCorps members serve in the program Generations of Learning led by Connecting for Children and Families. Members help K-5 students at Citizens' Memorial and Coleman Elementary Schools reach grade-level reading through small group literacy interventions. Members also lead reading, STEM, and art activities at afterschool programs in 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Activity continues at camps aimed to prevent summer learning loss.
The Corporation for National and Community Service featured Providence recently in a report describing the impact of service on a school district. Read more in Leveraging National Service in Your Schools: A Superintendent’s/Principal’s Toolkit to Utilizing National Service Resources.
AmeriCorps members play an integral part in our school support network. They serve as relatable mentors and role models for our students and much needed assistance for our staff. They interface seamlessly with teachers, families, and other community partners, helping to create a positive and responsive culture in our schools.
-- Christopher N. Maher, Superintendent,
Providence Public Schools
Targeting Resources at Communities In Need
AmeriCorps members serve Rhode Island’s most economically disadvantaged kids and families.
Two-thirds (62%) of Rhode Island's children living in poverty live in just four cities – Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket. These four core cities also have substantial numbers of children living in extreme poverty, defined as families with incomes below 50% of the federal poverty level, or $12,170 for a family of four with two children in 2016 (2017 Rhode Island Kids Count Fact Book).
This is WHERE AmeriCorps members serve. In fact, 98% of AmeriCorps members currently serve in Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket.