Our legs, heart and soul
The R2LP AmeriCorps program was put on hold in September 2016. For an explanation, please see this message from R2LP Director Leslie Gell.
Since 2005 when our first AmeriCorps team joined us, our members have performed close to 550,000 hours of service in urban neighborhoods. In those hours, they read thousands of books to young children, recruited and supported hundreds of families in our Empowering Families program in the public schools, and assisted in dozens of early-care settings, including some of the state’s Pre-K classrooms.
The 2016/2017 R2LP AmeriCorps team will have 14 full-time members. All members of this team will play an integral role in Ready to Learn’s initiatives to increase family engagement opportunities in selected early child-care programs and in Providence elementary schools. Team members working in early learning programs will also work directly with young children. All members receive training in August (prior to receiving their assignments) and throughout the year.
Our AmeriCorps team is highly diverse in terms of age, ethnicity, and academic and professional background. More than a third of each group typically includes members serving a second, third or even fourth year with us.
The program, chiefly funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service through Serve Rhode Island, runs from August through June. At the end of a year of service, members not only walk away with a wealth of skills and experience, but also a $5,775 educational award. Members currently receive an annual living allowance of $12,530.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1.2 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
For more information, visit NationalService.gov/AmeriCorps.