Impact of AmeriCorps Texas

We believe in the power of AmeriCorps to provide value and effectiveness through its triple bottom line return on investment — for the individuals, families, and communities that benefit from the service of AmeriCorps members; for the people who serve in AmeriCorps; and for the larger community and nation. Numerous reports demonstrate the positive impact AmeriCorps programs have on the volunteers and the communities where they serve.

To view the recent results from the national longitudinal study of AmeriCorps Alumni, click here.

To view published research reports of various AmeriCorps programs, visit the CNCS Evidence Exchange.

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Collective Impact in Texas

As Texas’ state service commission, OneStar administers $18.2 million in federal funding per year to an impressive portfolio of AmeriCorps*Texas programs (made up of nonprofits, state agencies, and P-16 educational institutions) that leverages additional match funding from local communities. These programs serve local needs, raise their own required match funding, apply through a highly competitive process, and meet rigorous standards to receive funding. Our staff provides expertise in grant making, grant administration, evaluation, monitoring and risk assessment, and advanced training and technical support in order to bring these critical funds to Texas and to make our state a competitive player in the field of national service.

For the 2018-2019 service year:

  • AmeriCorps*Texas programs will engage nearly 3,200 men and women in intensive service at hundreds of locations across Texas, including nonprofits, schools, public agencies and community and faith-based groups.
  • Members will contribute more than 3.7 million hours of service this year.
  • Members will earn more than $12.9 million in Education Awards upon the successful completion of their service term.

The 2018-2018 AmeriCorps*Texas portfolio includes:

  • Amarillo Independent School District, $319,104 – 55 AmeriCorps members
  • American YouthWorks, $268,600 – 20 AmeriCorps members
  • Breakthrough, $710,840 – 170 AmeriCorps members
  • City Year, Inc. Dallas, $1,074,400 – 80 AmeriCorps members
  • City Year, Inc. San Antonio, $1,483,816 – 105 AmeriCorps members
  • CitySquare, $1,816,402 – 340 AmeriCorps members
  • College Forward, $1,080,824 – 76 AmeriCorps members
  • Communities In Schools of Central Texas, $740,314 – 84 AmeriCorps members
  • Communities In Schools of North Texas, Inc., $150,789 – 39 AmeriCorps members
  • Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas, $300,727 – 42 AmeriCorps members
  • Equal Heart, $809,162 – 218 AmeriCorps members
  • Front Steps, $455,000 – 35 AmeriCorps members
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, $278,060 – 23 AmeriCorps members
  • iEducate, $74,440 to support a one year AmeriCorps Planning Grant
  • Imagine Art, $75,000 to support a one year AmeriCorps Planning Grant
  • Legacy Community Health Services, Inc. $398,743 – 20 AmeriCorps members 
  • Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, $671,500 – 50 AmeriCorps members
  • National College Advising Corps, $1,141,550 – 85 AmeriCorps members
  • Project Transformation, $725,710 – 157 AmeriCorps members
  • Reading Partners, $ 453,250 – 37 AmeriCorps members
  • Relay Graduate School of Education, $355,000 – 355 AmeriCorps members
  • Teach for America, $660,000 – 660 AmeriCorps members
  • Texas A&M International University, $458,892 – 62 AmeriCorps members
  • Texas A&M International University, $74,952 to support a one year AmeriCorps Planning Grant
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $705,057 – 180 AmeriCorps members
  • Travis Co. through Travis Co. HHS, $537,225 – 36 AmeriCorps members
  • United Way of El Paso County, $265,330 – 20 AmeriCorps members
  • University of Houston, $263,494 – 53 AmeriCorps members
  • University of North Texas, $ 508,598 – 110 AmeriCorps members
  • UT Austin Charles A. Dana Center, $1,340,941 – 89 AmeriCorps members

Click here to see Texas’ State Service Profile with impact results from all streams of service.

Statewide Evaluation

From 2009-2012, OneStar contracted with Dr. Peter Frumkin of the University of Texas’ RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service (http://www.rgkcenter.org/) to develop and implement a rigorous, scientifically-based independent evaluation of the AmeriCorps*Texas portfolio. The evaluation consisted of four elements: measuring the value of AmeriCorps service across Texas; analyzing impact as reported by AmeriCorps members incorporating and adding to some of the field-tested elements from the longitudinal study Still Serving: Measuring the Eight-Year Impact of AmeriCorps on Alumni designed by Abt Associates; analyzing organizational structure and program management characteristics to identify any organizational determinants of successful implementation; and providing a series of case studies that represent the diversity of the portfolio to illustrate the breadth of service and the strategic use of AmeriCorps members to make significant impact in their communities.

Download a copy of the final statewide evaluation report and summary now.

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