There are nineteen AmeriCorps programs in the Commonwealth. These programs assist students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade, senior citizens, the homeless, disaster preparedness and response, drug awareness, and homeland defense.
Since 1994, more than 1 million men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing needed assistance to millions of Americans. AmeriCorps provides trained, dedicated people to help nonprofits accomplish more and make more effective use of volunteers. President Bush asked AmeriCorps to expand its work in public safety, public health, and disaster relief to assist in homeland security. The President proposed expanding AmeriCorps as part of his USA Freedom Corps initiative.
AmeriCorps is made up of three programs: AmeriCorps*State and National, AmeriCorps*VISTA, and AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps).
Introduction to ATEAM
In the fall of 1996, President Bill Clinton proposed a bold initiative to ensure that all children can read at grade level by the fourth grade. The President designated this new course of action as the America Reads Challenge. He cited one program in the nation as an example of what we, as a country, are capable of accomplishing. That program is the highly successful SLICE•CORPS in Simpson County, KY.
Between 1995 and 1997, SLICE•CORPS earned a national reputation as one of the most effective AmeriCorps programs in the nation. The exemplary practices found in SLICE•CORPS were continued in the SLICE/KY-READS program (Fall 1997) through which the Reading Coach model was developed. The Reading Coaches model offers one of the most effective and highly adaptable strategies for supporting children’s growth as readers. Like so many good ideas, Reading Coach was based on a simple concept: reading good books with children while engaging them in conversation about the book.
Currently, ATEAM AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor Preschool-12th grade remedial students in reading and math in one-on-one sessions or small group tutoring. At the middle and high school levels, members also assist students who are struggling in other subject areas. Members who serve at the high school level may also assist students with college preparation or workforce readiness.