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.
As Texas’ state service commission, OneStar administers $14.3 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.
In the past year (2015-2016), AmeriCorps Texas members collectively accomplished the following:
Children, Youth, and Families
- 152,600 children and youth up to age 25 were served by an AmeriCorps*Texas program. Of these, 144,042 children were considered disadvantaged and 970 were children of incarcerated parents.
- 26,271 adults received services through an AmeriCorps program.
- 10,737 volunteers were leveraged by AmeriCorps*Texas members who responded to disasters and/or participated in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
- 1,599 AmeriCorps members received training or certification in disaster preparedness and response.
- 377 individuals affected by disaster received assistance from AmeriCorps members.
- 272 AmeriCorps members participated in 7 disaster relief projects or response efforts, including Southeast Texas Flooding (DR-4266), April Flooding (DR-4269), Memorial Day Flooding (DR-4272), and ongoing recovery projects from the 2015 Van Tx Tornados & Memorial Day Flooding (DR-4223), Hidden Pines Wildfire (FM-5116), October Flooding (DR-4245), and North Texas Tornados (DR-4255).
- 2,532 economically disadvantaged individuals received job training and other skill development services (O2).
- 1,252 economically disadvantaged adult learners improved their literacy skills (OUTCM438).
- 531 economically disadvantaged individuals, including homeless individuals, received housing services (O5).
- 258 economically disadvantaged individuals received job placement services (O3).
- 231 economically disadvantaged individuals, including homeless individuals, transitioned into safe, healthy, affordable housing (O11).
- 191 clients received independent living services (Demographic).
- 118 economically disadvantaged individuals were placed in jobs (O10).
- 71,424 students participated in and completed an AmeriCorps K-12 education program (ED2).
- 21,748 students improved academic performance in literacy and/or math (ED5).
- 23,064 students received intensive mentoring. (Demographic)
- 17,244 students taught by Teacher Corps members demonstrated improved academic performance (ED15).
- 2,592 students in grades K-12 who participated in an AmeriCorps mentoring, tutoring, or service learning education program demonstrated improved academic engagement through attitudes or behaviors (ED27A&B).
- 2,162 children participated in and completed an AmeriCorps early childhood education program (ED21).
- 460 AmeriCorps members taught in high need schools (ED14).
- 307 economically disadvantaged children or children with special or exceptional needs received early childhood education programming (ED20).
- 168 children demonstrated gains in school readiness in terms of social and/or emotional development (ED23).
- 216 children demonstrated gains in school readiness in terms of literacy skills (ED24).
- 615 mentor/disadvantaged youth mentee matches were sustained (ED4A).
- 166 students improved their school attendance during the AmeriCorps program’s involvement with the student (ED6).
- 13,788 students entered post-secondary institutions (ED10).
- 506 students earned a post-secondary degree (ED11).
- 14,164 individuals received emergency food from food banks, food pantries, or other nonprofit organizations.
- 5,449 individuals received support services, education and/or referrals to alleviate long-term hunger (H11).
- 9,244 individuals reported increased household food security for themselves and their children (H12).
- 885 youth increased their physical activity and engaged in 50 minutes of daily physical activity for at least 6 weeks (Applicant-determined).
Veterans and Military Families
- 251 veterans and 691 family members of veterans or military members (including active duty military) received services through an AmeriCorps program (Demographic).
- 9 veterans continued to give back by serving as AmeriCorps Texas members (Demographic).
Volunteer Management and Capacity-Building
- 1,529 community volunteers were managed by CNCS-supported organizations in Texas (G3-3.2).
- 1,097 community volunteers were recruited by CNCS-supported organizations in Texas (G3-3.1).
- organizations implemented three or more effective volunteer management practices as a result of capacity building services provided by CNCS-supported organizations or National Service Participants (G3-3.3).
Some highlights from the 2016-2017 AmeriCorps*Texas grant portfolio:
- AmeriCorps*Texas members are serving with 28 organizations across the state at over 500 partner sites, primarily in the field of Education.
- They will provide 2.7 million hours of service this year alone.
- These members will earn up to $9.2 million in Segal Education Awards to further their own education and repay student loan debt after serving.
- AmeriCorps*Texas is an effective public-private partnership: this year, AmeriCorps*Texas programs will receive $14.3 million in federal AmeriCorps funding, and will leverage an additional $31 million in local match funding as a result – a more than 200% matching rate.
- Since 1994, more than 50,000 AmeriCorps members from Texas have served 67 million hours and earned more than $145,430,000 in education scholarships.
These numbers represent AmeriCorps Texas only and do not include additional AmeriCorps resources brought to Texas through the AmeriCorps*VISTA, AmeriCorps National and AmeriCorps NCCC programs. With these members included, the numbers increase to 3,700 AmeriCorps members serving Texas (Source: Texas State Service Profile).
Click here to see Texas’ State Service Profile with impact results from all streams of service.
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 Corps 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.