New York State awarded $5.4m for AmeriCorps, each member to get scholarship
New York will administer this funding to 19 municipalities and non-profit organizations which help at-risk children, homebound seniors, low-income families, and struggling veterans throughout the state.
Awarded through a competitive Request for Proposals process, the grants will enable the 19 municipalities and non-profit organizations to recruit approximately 700 AmeriCorps members across the state.
Each member will receive a scholarship upon completion of his or her service.
Nearly $600,000 will complement the work of the Governor’s Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force by supporting programs designed to improve academic achievement, adolescent health, and violence prevention in the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
The New York State Commission on National and Community Service – New Yorkers Volunteer, a Governor-appointed commission, will administer the grants.
The Commission uses the power of AmeriCorps to address some of the state’s most challenging issues, and encourages citizens to make a difference in the lives of others. ■