​YMCA Approved for AmeriCorps Funding

The YMCA of Rock River Valley is actively recruiting students who have a passion for helping youth and serving their community to fill roles through the AmeriCorps program. Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has awarded the YMCA $137,642 to hire AmeriCorps members for this year to work at the Y. 

AmeriCorps is a national service program that involves people in "getting things done" in communities. AmeriCorps members develop an ethic of service while strengthening local communities. AmeriCorps members commit to one year of service while earning money toward school. Each year in Illinois, thousands of AmeriCorps Members give millions of dollars in service back to their communities.

The YMCA of Rock River Valley will utilize AmeriCorps members to address educational and wellness needs in underserved populations/neighborhoods of the greater Rockford area. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving the health and nutritional habits of at-risk and underserved youth and teens; help to minimize the achievement gap in school performance between students of various income levels; develop positive programming through a partnership between the Rockford community, the YMCA, Northwest Community Center, Salvation Army, and Galapagos Charter School. In addition, AmeriCorps members will leverage volunteers that will be engaged in tutoring, mentoring and providing AmeriCorps members with program and logistical support.

AmeriCorps members will be placed at Y teen leadership centers, assist with Project 505 teens, coordinate after school STEM enrichment activities to increase student’s interest and awareness of STEM related fields, provide tutoring at Galapagos Charter School, and mentor teens enrolled in RAISE/Achievers college and career preparedness program.

“This is a great opportunity for students to serve, learn and earn,” said Sharetha Hopson, Program Director, YMCA of Rock River Valley. “Students gain necessary work experience in helping the Y and its community while earning a monthly stipend and an education award toward school.”

Students must be at least 17 years of age to apply and have a passion for serving youth in our community. Students will serve 900 hours in one year.

Click here to learn more about the 2016 AmeriCorps impact across Illinois.