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AmeriCorps. A network of national programs that allow citizens to provide service that addresses critical needs in their communities. AmeriCorps in Oregon. Federal funding for statewide programming comes through Oregon Volunteers

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A network of national programs that allow citizens to provide service that addresses critical needs in their communities.

americorps in oregon
AmeriCorps in Oregon
  • Federal funding for statewide programming comes through Oregon Volunteers
  • Application and financial support is required from a sponsoring organization.
  • Funding is in 3 year cycles
  • Team must include 10 FTE or more
keys to successful program
Keys to Successful Program
  • Commitment of Sponsor
  • Organizational Capacity
  • Address critical need
  • Strong program design
  • Clear partnerships
  • Ability to recruit, train and support AmeriCorps members
  • AmeriCorps members expand or enhance existing services
  • Cannot displace existing staff
  • Cannot perform administrative tasks
  • Cannot be involved with federally prohibited activities
  • Are not employees of sponsor, or program. They are “participants.”
americorps basics
AmeriCorps Basics
  • “Member” not employee
  • “Living allowance” not salary
  • “Service” not employment
  • “Select” not hire
americorps basics1
AmeriCorps Basics
  • Full time members = 1700 hours in a 12 month period
  • Perform direct hands-on service
  • Fund raising limited to project specific – no operating funds
  • Members receive training hours
  • No upper age limit (17+)
  • Eligibility: Age + citizenship
partnerships for student achievement
Partnerships for Student Achievement
  • The mission of Partnerships for Student Achievement (PSA) is to increase student academic achievement in Washington County Schools.
  • The PSA AmeriCorps Team will improve academic achievement through:
    • tutoring,
    • mentoring,
    • extended school day activities,
    • parent involvement programs and
    • volunteer generation.
relationships sponsor
Relationships: Sponsor
  • The Forest Grove School District
    • Host District
    • Administrative Support
    • Space
    • Training & Resources
    • Payroll & Accounting
relationships americorps program
Relationships: AmeriCorps program
  • Partnerships for Student Achievement
    • Program staff manage program
    • Identify sites, recruit members, provide training for members and sites
    • Responsible for financial and progress reporting to federal funders
    • Provides ongoing support to members
    • Evaluates program and ensures design continues to meet critical needs
    • Applies for funding annually
relationships host sites
Relationships: Host Sites
  • Individual Partner Schools (K-12)
    • Any public school in Washington County
    • Application to PSA for member with individual position description
    • Assist with recruitment
    • Site level supervision and mentoring
    • Training and professional development
    • Cash and in-kind match
member activities
Member Activities

Members serve full-time and support individual school initiatives through the following activities:

  • Tutoring
  • Extended School Day Activities
  • Parent Outreach
  • Volunteer Generation
program design
Program Design
  • Individual Placement Model
  • Site Level Support, Mentorship, and Training
  • Weekly Program Training
  • Ongoing Support
  • Site Visits
benefits for schools
Benefits for Schools
  • One-on-one & small group tutoring services
  • Before and after school programs
  • Parent outreach activities
  • Volunteer generation, coordination, training, and recognition
  • Role models for students
  • Fresh creative energy
  • Last year alone, 20 PSA members provided tutoring and mentoring services to over 1,300 students.
  • 99% of those students demonstrated an increase in the area tutored.
  • Extended School Day activities served over 1,000 students.
  • Over 60 Parent Outreach activities were completed.
  • 391 volunteers were recruited serving over 5,300 hours of service to partner schools.
member benefits
Member Benefits

Tangible PSA member benefits include the following:

  • A living allowance of $1,036/month
  • An AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725
  • Forbearance from outstanding student loans
  • Health Care
  • 4 Graduate credits from Pacific University’s School of Education – Issues and Trends in Education – PSA only
  • Childcare
and there s more
And there’s more…

The intangible benefits include:

  • The knowledge that they have made a difference in a young person's life
  • The satisfaction that comes from serving their community and country
  • Development of career plans and a professional portfolio of accomplishments
  • The opportunity to work with education professionals on some of the most pressing problems in education today
more information
More information…
  • AmeriCorps –

AmeriCorps in Oregon

    • Oregon Volunteers
    • Patricia Bollin 503-725-8334
  • Partnerships for Student Achievement
    • Jeri Lerwick 503-359-8110 x4537