GETTING THINGS DONE
Getting Things Done
Local AmeriCorps Members provide direct service to children in Central Valley communities. In the first four program years, Members:
AmeriCorps promotes social responsibility to ones community, and challenges its Members to be problem-solvers in our communities. Members receive specialized training and job experience that will help them succeed in life and make them more effective leaders. During a one-year term of service, Members receive training in conflict mediation, first aid, CPR, math and reading tutoring strategies, and positive discipline. They also develop skills in communication, community building, personal and professional development, goal setting, and preparing for the work force.
The AmeriCorps Members are working hand in hand with the Neighborhood Partnerships created by the Kern County Network for Children in Bakersfield, Delano, and Lamont/Weedpatch. These Partnerships encourage grass-roots solutions to local problems and serve as models for improving the delivery of health and human services to children and families. Members helped the Partnerships organize 147 community service events in Kern County during the first four program years.
AmeriCorps helps those who help their communities. In the Central Valley Communities for Children AmeriCorps Program, the Members gain firsthand training and experience in providing for the education and needs of children.
AmeriCorps gives many young people the opportunity to attend college. Upon completing one year of service, AmeriCorps Members receive an education award worth $4,725 to pay college tuition, finance, vocational training or pay back student loans. Members also earn a small monthly living allowance.
AmeriCorps School and Community Partnerships