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What is a "Semester of Youth Service"?
It's the 8 weeks between Martin Luther King Day of Service and late March when school-age youth in Maine mobilize to tackle needs in their communities. They become the initiators, leaders, catalysts. They serve.
Service-learning or youth service projects are registered as official Maine Semester of Youth Service actvities, promoted across the state by theCommission , and are eligible to apply for $300 mini-grants to assist with supplies or transportation.
Classes and youth groups that complete their projects by March 20, 2015 will attend the new Maine Youth Volunteer Appreciation Night at the Portland Pirates' April 3rd game. The evening is sponsored by Maine AmeriCorps Alums and the Maine Commission for Community Service.
RFP # 201410864: AmeriCorps Cost Reimbursement and Fixed Amount Grants. The Commission seeks proposals for AmeriCorps State program operating grants. Programs must be designed to enroll at least ten AmeriCorps members and utilize at least 17,000 hours of service during each program year of the 3-year grant.
Community needs related to health, veterans services, environmental stewardship, energy conservation, education, economic opportunity (jobs and financial stability), or disaster preparedness are of high interest. Submision deadline is 2pm on December 4, 2014.
For the first time ever, there is an AmeriCorps Competition open just to municipal, county, and tribal government officials. And, in another "first," applicants may request assistance from any or all of the AmeriCorps divisions: VISTA, National Civilian Community Corps, or AmeriCorps State.
Applicants submit Concept Papers (due early January 2015) rather than full proposals as the first step. Review the info flier and, if interested in pursuing this, contact the Commission as soon as possible! We will provide technical assistance to ensure your concept aligns with the federal funders regulations and the missions of each AmeriCorps division.
Links to recent news and events.
- AmeriCorps #20 A Day to Remember. Maine AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary in pictures
- Maine AmeriCorps Served Lewiston! Over 110 AmeriCorps members, Alums, and program staff joined forces to reclaim cross-country trails at Lewiston High School and reclaim a retaining pond on the campus.
- Explore MCCS videos!