National Service in Louisiana, Part 3

As Volunteer Louisiana continues to highlight our state AmeriCorps programs, region by region, we focus on the Capital area this month.  The Capital area region is our second largest concentration of national service members, with four programs based in and around greater Baton Rouge.   

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge The goal of this program is to enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive citizens by providing after school and summertime education-based and mentoring activities to at-risk children with members serving in nine elementary and middle schools in Baton Rouge.

City Year Baton Rouge  City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members serve full time in thirteen Baton Rouge public schools to provide students with the one-on-one support to overcome the challenges they face both in school and out.  City Year partners with schools and teachers to help transform the whole school - including improving students' attendance, leading school-wide events, providing after school programming and leading individual and small group tutoring sessions for students in math and English Language Arts.  As a result, City Year helps students reach their full potential to ensure they graduate high school ready for college or career.

Louisiana Delta Service Corps This multi-site program partners with community based nonprofits and faith-based organizations whose mission is to create healthy communities.  Corps members will provide capacity -building services to partner organizations in the areas of volunteer management, program awareness & outreach, and resource development in seven non-profits in Baton Rouge. 

Teach For America Teach For America is the national corps comprised of outstanding college graduates who commit two years to teach in underserved public schools and in doing so become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity.  260 Teach for America corps members work in approximately 100 urban and rural high-poverty, low-performing schools across the state of Louisiana, specifically 27 in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities.  They are full time teachers, promote academic growth for students, engage as volunteer leaders within their schools and communities, and engage parents and community members as volunteers.  They also participate in service activities and engage in continually developing students' leadership and citizenship skills.

In total, Volunteer Louisiana has 17 AmeriCorps state programs with approximately 948 members serving 30 parishes in Louisiana. 

AmeriCorps is a core program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and engages Americans in intensive service each year throughout the United States.  Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America. Volunteer Louisiana has hosted 19,950 AmeriCorps members since 1994, and those members have provided over 7 million hours of community service.

Louisiana AmeriCorps programs focus on education, healthy futures, capacity building, economic opportunity, and environmental stewardship.  The state portfolio includes programs in all regions of the state, from North to Southwest to Southeast. 

For more information on all of our state AmeriCorps programs, visit www.volunteerlouisiana.gov/americorps/state-programs,.  If you are interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member, visit the join AmeriCorps webpage: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/join-americorps.

Whenever you are out and about in your community and see an AmeriCorps member, thank them for all of their time and service in our great State!  #GetThingsDone