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Mayor Gray Announces $2.76 Million in AmeriCorps Grants for District Nonprofits to Address Education and Job Readiness

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mayor Gray Announces $2.76 Million in AmeriCorps Grants for District Nonprofits to Address Education and Job Readiness

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism announced nine District-based non-profit organizations will receive 2013 AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

“In classrooms across the District, AmeriCorps members will be preparing the next generation of innovators and business leaders to succeed in the global economy,” Mayor Gray said. “AmeriCorps members invest countless hours each week teaching our youth, and these grants will help support that work.”

The grants, totaling $2,763,167, will support 464 AmeriCorps members to address critical needs in underserved communities across the District, including helping young children learn to read, mentoring at-risk youth, tutoring students, recruiting volunteers and teaching computer-literacy and employment-readiness skills to adults.

The organizations receiving funds through Serve DC are Byte Back, Inc.; Center for Inspired Teaching; City Year Washington, DC; AARP Experience Corps; Higher Achievement; Jumpstart; the Latin American Youth Center; Playworks; and Reading Partners.

Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism is the District’s Commission on National and Community Service. Serve DC administers federal CNCS funds and coordinates national service initiatives in the District. Serve DC manages the District’s statewide AmeriCorps national service program, which strengthens and builds local organizations’ capacity to meet critical community needs. In addition, CNCS directly funds selected national non-profit organizations with offices in the District that place their AmeriCorps members here as well as in other cities across the country.

To learn more about AmeriCorps in the District and the organizations funded, visit www.dcamericorps.org.