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$2.2 Million AmeriCorps AIMS High Grant Announced

August 19th, 2013

AUGUSTA - Members of the Maine Commission for Community Service joined Ethan Strimling, Executive Director of LearningWorks to announce the newest AmeriCorps State grant in Maine. Commissioners Janice Daku, Mary-Anne LaMarre, and Kathy Billings represented the Commission which is the state funder of the new program.

ellsworth press conferenceLearningWorks successfully competed for an AmeriCorps School Turnaround award which provides 216 AmeriCorps positions and $728,575 annually ($2.2 million over three-years) to support the members.  Across the nation, just 13 proposals were selected for funding and Maine was awarded nearly one-third of the AmeriCorps positions authorized under this competition.

The AmeriCorps members will serve an estimated 1,805 elementary and high school students and 1,374 family and community members through extended day learning, one-on-one tutoring, and community, family, and parent engagement at ellsworth principal at press conferenceCarrabec, Ellsworth, Sumner, and Spruce Mountain (Livermore Falls/Jay) High Schools as well as East End and Riverton Elementary Schools in Portland. The participating schools were eligible because they were receiving School Improvement Grants and implementing school turnaround interventions.

School Turnaround AmeriCorps is an exciting new partnership between two federal agencies, the Corporation for National and Community Service which funds AmeriCorps and the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The grant program combines the assets and expertise of both agencies with the on-the-ground presence of AmeriCorps members.

AmeriCorps AIMS High includes opportunities for community members to serve as AmeriCorps members on a part-time basis as well as full-time stipended basis. Students who are 17 and will turn 18 before completing their service can not only help transform their schools but also qualify for an $1,100 educational award that can be used at any post-secondary education program eligible to receive federal student financial aid. Community residents who are 55 at the time service begins and who successfully complete the term may confer their education award on a child, grandchild, adopted child, or foster child.

FMI contact Ethan Strimling at LearningWorks (207.775.0105) or Michael Ashmore at the Maine Commission for Community Service (207.624.7792).