Grantees

AmeriCorps Texas Grantees 2016-2017

Amarillo Independent School District | Amarillo ISD AmeriCorps

US House: 13, TX Senate: 31, TX House: 86, 87

Federal Award: $303,953, Public/Private Match: $304,025                                                                  

Service Areas: Amarillo
Description: The Amarillo Independent School District will have 10 Half-Time and 45 Reduced Half-Time AmeriCorps members who will provide direct tutoring services in reading literacy targeted to at-risk students in fifteen district elementary schools.

Program Contact: Jill Humphrey (jill.humphrey@amaisd.org)
Website: http://www.amaisd.org/community/students/americorps/

American YouthWorks | Texas Conservation Corps Disaster Response Teams

US House: 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 21, 25, 27, 35, TX Senate: 2, 11, 13, 14, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 31, TX House: 2, 17, 18, 19, 20, 27, 31, 45, 51, 53, 74, 87, 117, 118, 122

Federal Award: $483,480, Public/Private Match: 774,170

Service Areas: Statewide – Based in Austin

Description: Texas Conservation Corps at American YouthWorks will have 36 Full Time AmeriCorps members (as four Disaster Response Teams) complete conservation and disaster service projects throughout Texas. The AmeriCorps members will make significant improvements to critical ecosystems as well as increase the capacity of communities to respond to and recover from disasters.

Program Contact: Erin Lehnen (erinlehnen@americanyouthworks.org)
Website: http://americanyouthworks.org/

Boys & Girls Club of Austin | Texas Club Corps

US House: 1, 4, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31, 33, 34, 35, TX Senate: 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, TX House: 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 23, 25, 33, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41 , 46, 54, 55, 68, 71, 80, 85, 89, 90, 93, 95, 116, 119, 123, 124, 125

Federal Award: $433,592, Public/Private Match: $257,704

Service Areas: Arlington, Austin, Bay City, Brazoria, Commerce, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Edinburg, El Campo, Fort Worth, Gainsville, Granbury, Greenville, Henderson, Hillsboro, Houston, Kilgore, Killeen, Laredo, McAllen, Palacios, Pharr, Robstown, Shulenburg, Weimer, Zapata
Description: The Texas Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin area will have 93 AmeriCorps who will conduct a Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) evidence-based academic support program, Project Learn and will implement Summer Brain Gain, a proven effective program that halts and reverses summer learning loss, at 25 Clubs statewide.

Program Contact: Caroline Anthony (caroline@txbgc.org)

Website: http://www.bgcaustin.org/americorps.html

Breakthrough Austin | Expanding Community Impact

US House: 10, 21, 25, 35, TX Senate: 14, 21, TX House: 46, 49, 50, 51

Federal Award: $522,274, Public/Private Match: $389,360

Service Areas: Austin, Manor

Description: Breakthrough’s comprehensive program makes a long-term commitment, beginning in middle school, to help low income students become the first in their families to graduate from college. Breakthrough provides an academically rigorous Summer Program and intensive year-round services to students who, statistics say, would not go to college without significant intervention and support.

Program Contact: Abby Ames (abby@breakthroughaustin.org)

Website: http://www.breakthroughaustin.org/

US House: 25, 35, TX Senate: 14, 21, TX House: 46, 51

City Year, Inc. | City Year Dallas

US House: 24, 30, 33, TX Senate: 2, 16, 23, TX House: 100, 103, 110, 114

Federal Award: $560,284, Public/Private Match: $1,550,000

Service Areas: Dallas
Description: City Year Dallas will have 50 full-time AmeriCorps members who will serve as mentors, tutors, and role models and will provide academic services that support students in staying in school and on track to graduation in 5 Dallas public schools. CY members engage with students before school, in school, and after school. Members also provide Saturday service learning and leadership development.

Program Contact: Mary Elyse Farah (mmcdonald@cityyear.org)

Website: https://www.cityyear.org/dallas

City Year, Inc. | City Year San Antonio

US House: 20, 35, TX Senate: 26, TX House: 116, 119, 123, 124, 125

Federal Award: $1,299,859, Public/Private Match: $1,299,859

Service Areas: Dallas, San Antonio
Description: City Year will have 166 full-time AmeriCorps members who will provide academic services that support students in staying in school and on track to graduation in 7 San Antonio and 3 Dallas public schools. CY members will be responsible for providing in-class and school climate support and targeted tutoring and mentoring to its students to improve drop our risk indicators in attendance, English, and/or math.

Program Contact: Amanda Kelly (acaccavo@cityyear.org)

Website: https://www.cityyear.org/san-antonio

CitySquare | CitySquare AmeriCorps

US House: 2, 5, 30, 32, 33, 35, TX Senate: 2, 15, 16, 23, 26, TX House: 100, 103, 108, 110, 114, 116, 134

Federal Award: $1,151,179, Public/Private Match: $1,158,203

Service Areas: Dallas, Houston
Description: CitySquare AmeriCorps (CSAC) will have 275 AmeriCorps members who will service to increase academic engagement [education], increase food security [healthy futures], and increase job security and housing [economic opportunity] by serving 11 community partners in Dallas and Houston as well as serve within CitySquare.

Program Contact: Elizabeth VanOort (evanoort@citysquare.org)

Website: http://www.citysquare.org/programs/americorps/

College Forward | College Forward Partnership for Higher Education

US House: 9, 10, 17, 21, 23, 31, 35, 36, TX Senate: 5, 13, 14, 15, 19, 21, 25, 29, TX House: 20, 23, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 74, 128, 139, 148

Federal Award: $1,098,290, Public/Private Match: $1,098,329

Service Areas: Alpine, Austin, Baytown, Buda, Channelview, Del Valle, Georgetown, Houston, Kyle, Manor, Marfa, Mt Pleasant, Paris, Round Rock, Texarkana
Description: College Forward will place, train, and deploy 80 AmeriCorps*Texas members to provide intensive mentoring to economically-disadvantaged high school and college students from Austin, Houston, Alpine, and Marfa, Texas metropolitan service areas. Through Success Partnerships program, College Forward will provide services to Lone Star College – North Harris, Concordia University, Sul Ross State University, Northeast Texas Community College, Paris Junior College, and Texarkana College.  

Program Contact: Monica Durham (mglasgow@collegeforward.org)

Website: http://collegeforward.org/give-back/#americorps

Communities In Schools of Central Texas | Communities In Schools of Central Texas AmeriCorps

US House: 21, 35, TX Senate: 14, 21, 25, TX House: 17, 45, 46, 47, 49, 51

Federal Award: $735,438, Public/Private Match: $833,648

Service Areas: Austin, Buda, Kyle, Lockhart, Manor
Description: Communities In Schools of Central Texas will have 90 AmeriCorps members (36 full-time, 14 half-time and 40 quarter-time) who will serve as mentors, and academic supporters in public schools in three Central Texas counties (Travis, Hays, and Caldwell) to promote the academic success of students.

Program Contact: Jessica Engelke (jengelke@ciscentraltexas.org)

Website: http://www.ciscentraltexas.org/get-involved/americorps/

Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas | CIS Community Servers

US House: 17, TX Senate: 22, TX House: 12, 56

Federal Award: $382,255, Public/Private Match: $410,562

Service Areas: Chilton, Marlin, Mexia, Teague, Waco, West
Description: Community in Schools of the Heart of Texas will have 43 AmeriCorps members who will provide school-based mentorships to economically disadvantaged youth under 21-years-old who are at-risk of leaving secondary school without a diploma by improving homework completion and increasing classroom participation.

Program Contact: Meredith Donovan (mdonovan@cis-hot.org)

Website: http://cis-hotwaco.org/our-programs/americorps/

Front Steps | Keep Austin Housed
US House: 21, 25, 35, TX Senate: 14, TX House: 46, 49, 51

Federal Award: $455,000, Public/Private Match: $225,155

Service Areas: Austin
Description: Front Steps will have 35 full-time AmeriCorps members who will provide intensive case management aid services for the homeless through the Keep Austin Housed collaborative. The ten-agency partnership will serve the full range of homeless individuals – adults, families with children and youth including teen parents, as well as individuals and families that are at risk of becoming homeless.

Program Contact: Greg McCormack (GMcCormack@frontsteps.org)

Website: http://www.frontsteps.org/what-we-do/keep-austin-housed/

Equal Heart | Relief and Opportunity Corps – Stateside

US House: 32, TX Senate: 16, TX House: 108

Federal Award: $355,859, Public/Private Match: $844,890                                                        

Service Areas: Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston
Description: Equal Heart will have 50 AmeriCorps members who will provide educational programming for adults and youth at Dallas Public Libraries and increased food supplies year round to families living in poverty in Dallas and in Houston.

Program Contact: Keven Vicknair (kvicknair@equalheart.org)

Website: http://www.equalheart.org/

Habitat for Humanity Texas | Habitat for Humanity Texas Veterans Engagement

Habitat for Humanity Texas | Habitat for Humanity Texas Veterans Engagement 
US House: 21, 25, 27, 35, TX Senate: 21, 25, TX House: 17, 45, 47, 51

Federal Award: $74,998, Public/Private Match: $24,233                                                

Service Areas: Planning Grant – No AmeriCorps Members
Description: During the planning year, Habitat for Humanity Texas will develop an AmeriCorps program which will engage members to recruit veterans and their families to serve as Habitat volunteers or Habitat home buyers in Texas. Members will address the needs of veterans with critical housing needs resulting in strengthening the connectivity of veterans in the community.

Program Contact: Amy Parham (amy@habitattexas.org)

Website: http://habitattexas.org/   

Literacy Coalition of Central Texas | Texas Family Literacy Initiative

US House: 25, 35, TX Senate: 14, 21, TX House: 46, 51

Federal Award: $640,000, Public/Private Match: $2,481,704

Service Areas: Austin, Houston, San Marcos, Sugar Land

Description: The Literacy Coalition will have 50 AmeriCorps members who will serve as literacy instructors across non-profit agencies in the Austin and Houston regions. Literacy instruction and tutoring includes English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, GED, and Early Childhood interventions. The program is dedicated to supporting and expanding literacy services so that businesses can hire, people can work, and families can thrive.

Program Contact: Katherine Keegan (kkeegan@willread.org)

Website: https://willread.org/americorps-vista

LoneStar College – Kingwood | Lone Star College- Kingwood Planning Grant

US House: 2, 8, 18, 29, 36, TX Senate: 4, 15, TX House: 3, 15, 16, 127, 141, 142

Federal Award: $343,244, Public/Private Match: $115,866

Service Area: Houston, Humble, Splendora
Description: LoneStar College-Kingwood (LSC-K) will have 50 AmeriCorps members who will provide mentoring and educational support in four high schools and one community college in LSC-K’s service area of the greater Houston metroplex. Members will work with schools to increase high school to college matriculation, success in developmental education courses, and student engagement.

Program Contact: Keelie Barrow (keelie.a.barrow@lonestar.edu)

Website: http://www.lonestar.edu/AmeriCorps

National College Advising Corps | National College Advising Corps II

US House: 10, 15, 23, 28, 30, 34, 35, TX Senate: 14, 19, 20, 23, 27, TX House: 31, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 46, 49, 109, 111

Federal Award: $400,000, Public/Private Match: $1,816,500

Service Area: Alamo, Austin, Brownsville, DeSoto, Edinburg, El Paso, Harlingen, Hidalgo, Houston, Hutto, Lancaster, La Joya, Los Fresnos, Manor, McAllen, Mission, Pharr, San Antonio, San Juan, Somerset
Description: College Advising Corps will have 50 AmeriCorps members who will provide college advising to low-income, first-generation, underrepresented students in 50 underserved high schools across the state.

Program Contact: Jim Mulvey (jmulvey@advisingcorps.org)
Website: http://advisingcorps.org/

OneStar Foundation Planning Grant | Texas Disaster Corps

US House: 10, TX Senate: 14, TX House: 48

Federal Award: $75,000, Public/Private Match: $23,684                                                            

Service Areas: Planning Grant – No AmeriCorps Members
Description: This planning grant will be utilized to develop an AmeriCorps program which will engage members to provide disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services across Texas. Members will address the needs of disaster-prone communities and disaster survivors, resulting in a more resilient Texas.

Program Contact: Damian Morales (damian@onestarfoundation.org)

Website: http://onestarfoundation.org/

Project Transformation | Project Transformation AmeriCorps

US House: 30, 33, TX Senate:  23, TX House: 100, 104, 110

Federal Award: $550,031, Public/Private Match: $1,031,469

Service Area: Dallas, Denison, Farmers Branch
Description: Project Transformation will have 133 AmeriCorps members who will lead afterschool and summer day camp programs for children and youth, building influential relationships and connecting volunteers, churches, and other organizations in ten low-income communities in north Texas.

Program Contact: Tonya Burton (burton@projecttransformation.org)

Website: http://projecttransformation.org/dallas/

Reading Partners | Reading Partners-Texas

US House: 30, 32, TX Senate: 16, 23, TX House: 108

Federal Award: $490,000, Public/Private Match: $1,034,591

Service Area: Dallas, Fort Worth
Description: Reading Partners will have 40 AmeriCorps members who will manage the volunteer recruitment for and day-to-day operations of their one-on-one literacy tutoring programs for low-income students at 20 Title I elementary schools across the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.

Program Contact: Brittany Prince (brittany.prince@readingpartners.org)

Website: http://readingpartners.org/location/north-texas/

Relay Graduate School of Education | Relay Houston Teaching Residency

US House: 2, 7, 9, 18, 22, 29, TX Senate: 6, 7, 13, 15, 17, 18, TX House: 26, 28, 131, 133, 137, 138, 139, 140, 142, 145, 146, 147, 148

Federal Award: $100,000, Public/Private Match: $712,000

Service Area: Houston
Description: Relay Graduate School of Education will place 50 full-time AmeriCorps Professional Corps members in schools across Houston, Texas. Members will participate in the Relay Houston Teaching Residency, where they will gain professional teaching experience while working toward a Master of Arts in Teaching. Houston’s K-12 students gain additional classroom attention, greater access to extracurricular activities and a well-prepared teaching force.

Program Contact: Alessandra Echeverria (aecheverria@relay.edu)

Website: http://www.relay.edu/programs/houston-teaching-residency/overview

Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas, Inc. | Senior Source – Greater Dallas 55+ Planning Grant

US House: 32, TX Senate: 23, TX House: 103

Federal Award: $27,511, Public/Private Match: $9,269                                                  

Service Areas: Planning Grant – No AmeriCorps Members
Description: This planning grant will be utilized to assess the feasibility of implementing an AmeriCorps program which will engage members who are 55 years of age or older to provide assistance and companionship to elderly, homebound individuals and caregiver respite in Dallas County and Collin County.

Program Contact: Renae Perry (rperry@theseniorsource.org)

Website:  https://www.theseniorsource.org/

Teach for America | Teach For America Texas

Districts: US House: 15, 28, 30, 32, 33, 34, TX Senate: 2, 9, 10, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, TX House: 31, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 90, 91, 93, 95, 101, 103, 104, 105, 108, 110, 111, 113, 114

Federal Award: $425,000, Public/Private Match: $11,525,000

Service Areas: Alamo, Brownsville, Dallas, Donna, Elsa, Edcouch, Edinburg, Falfurrias, Fort Worth, Irving, Grand Prairie, Harlingen, La Joya, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission, Palmview, Pharr, Roma, San Benito, San Juan, Weslaco
Description: Teach for America (TFA-TX) will have 425 AmeriCorps members who will teach in low-income urban and rural schools throughout the state. TFA cultivates leadership in its AmeriCorps members through strong professional development, ongoing support, and integration of community resources into our training.  In turn, AmeriCorps teachers set ambitious visions for student success, work in collaboration with others, and develop leadership in students.

Program Contact: Rio Grande Valley: Jonathan Stevens (jon.stevens@teachforamerica.org), Dallas-Fort Worth: Rea Foster (rea.foster@teachforamerica.org)

Website: https://riograndevalley.teachforamerica.org/, https://dallasftworth.teachforamerica.org/

Texas A&M International University | TAMIU Literacy Partnership
US House: 28, TX Senate: 21, TX House: 42, 80

Federal Award: $317,564, Public/Private Match: $180,897

Service Areas: Laredo
Description: Texas A&M International University will have 72 AmeriCorps members who will serve economically disadvantaged elementary school students in improving literacy skills through direct literacy tutoring services and volunteer capacity building in Laredo, TX.

Program Contact: Heather Thornton (HeatherE.Thornton@tamiu.edu)

Website: http://www.tamiu.edu/

The University of Texas at Austin – Charles A. Dana Center | A Community for Education: ACE AmeriCorps

US House: 10, 17, 21, 25, 35, TX Senate: 14, 21, 25, TX House: 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51

Federal Award: $1,315,902, Public/Private Match: $1,707,036

Service Area: Austin, Manor, Pflugerville
Description: ACE: A Community for Education will utilize 106 AmeriCorps members who will provide daily, intensive, individualized reading interventions to kindergarten, first, and second grade students and parents using a Reading Corps, Response-to-Intervention model that is proven effective in helping at least 75% of students served to reach or exceed grade level in key literacy skills.

Program Contact: Mary Ellen Isaacs (meisaacs@austin.utexas.edu)

Website: http://www.utdanacenter.org/literacyfirst/

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley | UTRGV AmeriCorps Program

US House: 34, TX Senate: 27, TX House: 37, 38

Federal Award: $581,125, Public/Private Match: $426,838

Service Area: Brownsville, Edinburg, McAllen

Description: UTRGV will have 160 AmeriCorps members who will leverage resources to provide services to high school students by assisting the enrollment into post-secondary education/institutions. Services to students include developing, reviewing and revising their educational plans, monitoring the academic progress of students, providing career planning and serving as liaisons for students in Dual Enrollment programs.

Program Contact: Daniel Yarritu (daniel.yarritu@utrgv.edu)

Website: http://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/admissions/paying-for-college/financial-aid/americorps/index.htm

Travis County Health and Human Services and Veteran’s Service | Travis County 4-H CAPITAL AmeriCorps Project

US House: 25, 35, TX Senate: 14, 21, TX House: 46, 51

Federal Award: $363,842, Public/Private Match: $511,649

Service Areas: Austin, Creedmoor, Del Valle
Description: 4-H CAPITAL reduces the risk for school failure and school dropout by increasing science and literacy skills while promoting healthy growth and development. 4-H CAPITAL will have 32 AmeriCorps members who will provide youth ages 5 to 15 high quality after-school enrichment programs that focus on science, math, and technology throughout title I elementary and middle schools in Travis County.

Program Contact: Charlotte Wehrman (charlotte.wehrman@traviscountytx.gov)

Website: http://agrilife.org/capital4-h/

United Way of El Paso County | Parents as Teachers

US House: 16, TX Senate: 29, TX House: 77
Federal Award: $265,579, Public/Private Match: $241,255

Service Areas: El Paso, San Elizario
Description: United Way of El Paso County will have 20 full-time AmeriCorps members who will serve as certified Parent Educators delivering Parents as Teachers (PAT), an evidenced based home-visiting model, to families throughout El Paso County to increase parents' knowledge of their child's emerging development, improve parent-child relationships, increase early detection of developmental delays and health issues, and improve overall family health and functioning.

Program Contact: Mary Velasquez (mvelasquez@unitedwayelpaso.org)

Website: http://www.unitedwayelpaso.org/parents-teachers-program

University of North Texas | Texas HIPPYCorps Initiative

US House: 26, TX Senate: 30, TX House: 64

Federal Award: $508,599, Public/Private Match: $508,632

Service Area: Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, Irving, Longview, Odessa, Richardson, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, Wichita Falls
Description: Texas HIPPYCorps at the University of North Texas Initiative will have 100 AmeriCorps members who will increase involvement of parents in their children’s education and provide children with skills to be deemed ready for schools across Texas through weekly home visits and periodic parent meetings.

Program Contact: Carla Marie Mowell (carla.mowell@unt.edu)

Website: http://hippy.unt.edu/