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AmeriCorps Program at Inner Harbour Campus

Each year, AmeriCorps offers over 80,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. The Youth Villages AmeriCorps program began in 2000 and has been recognized by Innovations in Civic Participation as one of the 52 most innovative AmeriCorps programs in the country. In 2017, the program was selected as a Corporation for National Service (CNCS) 2017 Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Award winner and as the Atlanta Community Tool Bank’s “Volunteer Team of the Year.”

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.

Youth Villages AmeriCorps is proud to act as a Youth Service America Lead Agency for Global Youth Service Day (April 21-23, 2017).

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.
The Youth Villages AmeriCorps team also responds to victims of Georgia natural disasters by providing emergency relief and volunteer assistance. The program accepts member applications throughout the year, with service start dates in late September and late January. Visit AmeriCorps.gov to apply, or contact Kyle Fletcher for more information. Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/youthvillagesamericorps or on Twitter at twitter.com/YVAmeriCorps.