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New Maine AmeriCorps Programs Add Nearly 250 Members To National Service Resources in Communities

Published August 22, 2013

The Maine Commission for Community Service announced funding of two new AmeriCorps programs as a result of successful competitive applications to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The City of Bangor partnered with Eastern Maine Community College and 12 local organizations to tackle the need for job training and other skill development services among General Assistance users. The goal is to increase employment rates over the 3-year period. The award consists of 32 AmeriCorps positions and annual funding of $210,336 to support these National Service members.

americorps logoLearningWorks successfully competed for an AmeriCorps School Turnaround award which provides 216 AmeriCorps positions and $728,575 annually to support the members. 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 Carrabec, 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.

FMI contact Michael Ashmore, MCCS Grant Programs Officer (michael.ashmore@maine.gov)