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Wichita State University receives grant for AmeriCorps members to assist youth at four local agencies

Thanks to a grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commission, Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute will provide stipends and education awards for 20 individuals to provide national service to local agencies that serve low-income youth and children. These part-time AmeriCorps members will help Wichita area youth develop educational, life, and workforce skills. Partner agencies where these members serve include Children First: CEO Kansas, Inc., Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heartland, Legacy Ministries, Inc., and Rainbows United, Inc.

This is the second year for the nearly $80,000 grant that provides funding for 20 part-time AmeriCorps members to assist in classrooms, help students who need extra support outside the classroom or provide mentoring and job coaching skills. Members earn an education award at the end of their term and qualify to apply for the pool of $14,000 in Wichita State AmeriCorps scholarships.

Kathleen Webb, Executive Director for Children First CEO Kansas, a pilot organization for the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps year managed by Wichita State University, stated, “AmeriCorps members have provided a life changing service to many students who are living in three low-income neighborhoods. We use the AmeriCorps program to provide living allowances to social work practicum college students who work side-by-side with a licensed social worker. Students have greatly benefited from their work learning in groups and with one-on-one conversations.”

To qualify, AmeriCorps members need to be a US Citizen, US National or permanent resident; be 17 years old or older, and pass a national service criminal history check. Applicants can apply for AmeriCorps positions at my.AmeriCorps.gov. For more information, contact angela.gaughan@wichita.edu.