AmeriCorps Program at Inner Harbour Campus
Outcome evaluation for the program shows that AmeriCorps members make a real difference in the lives of Youth Villages students. During the 2017-2018 service year, 87% of students meeting tutoring criteria showed an increase in academic performance by at least a quarter of a grade level and 96% achieved improved life skills in one or more deficit areas. Over 92% of youth who participated in service learning initiatives felt they made a difference and of these, 88% were committed to volunteering in the community upon discharge from care.
Also in 2017-2018, Youth Villages AmeriCorps service members:
- Dedicated approximately 40,000 hours to tutoring, life skills, afterschool/summer programming, service learning, classroom assistance and community-strengthening activities.
- Leveraged over 1,100 volunteers for over 3,650 hours of service, including youth in care, corporate/civic groups, and individuals to meet both campus and community needs, and provided community-strengthening activities to numerous local nonprofits and organizations in metro Atlanta and north Georgia.
- Provided outdoor kitchen sessions focused on healthy living and nutrition in conjunction with our community garden. Since 2017, the program has assisted approximately 40 youth in achieving vocational certifications to support future culinary employment.
- Offered afterschool programming focusing on the arts, outdoor activities, skill-building, fitness and academics. Members also facilitated numerous campus-wide events including a Career Fair, Fall Festival, holiday party, and talent show.