AmeriCorps Texas Programs


Grantee Archive

4-H CAPITAL (Travis County AgriLife Extension)

The Travis County CAPITAL AmeriCorps Project will have 35 AmeriCorps members who will lead out-of-school time (afterschool, summer camp, and outreach events) and in-school STEM enrichment experiences in Travis County elementary and middle schools in which the majority of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.  AmeriCorps members develop semester-long unit plans composed of individual lessons and experiences that reflect student interests and are designed to increase STEM aspirations. Unique activities such as field trips, leveraged volunteer guest speakers from STEM fields, and special semester-long projects are used to further engage students in science.

Federal Award: $528,066, Public/Private Match: $716,326

Service Areas: Austin, Del Valle, Creedmoor

Program Contact: Alicia Ford (alicia.ford@traviscountytx.gov)

Amarillo Independent School District

The Amarillo Independent School District will have10 Half-Time and 45 Reduced Half-Time AmeriCorps members who will provide direct tutoring services in reading literacy and an academically-based after school program targeted to at-risk students in fifteen district elementary schools.  Fifty-five AmeriCorps members will serve at 15 elementary campus sites to provide tutorials in reading interventions for Kindergarten to 5th grade students who are identified as being at-risk in order to improve literacy rates among youth.

Federal Award: $329,255, Public/Private Match: $329,381

Service Areas: Amarillo

Program Contact: Nicholas Williams (Nicholas.Williams@amaisd.org)

Big Thought [Planning Grant]

Big Thought proposes to develop an AmeriCorps program with members providing out of school time programming serving as instructors, role models and mentors in Dallas County.

Federal Award: $74,508, Public/Private Match: $41,724

Service Areas: Dallas

Program Contact: Jessica Malek (jessica.malek@bigthought.org)


Breakthrough will have 272 quarter-time, summer AmeriCorps members who will teach courses in summer programs in Texas cities (Austin, Del Valle, Manor, and Houston) and 21 full-time, year-round AmeriCorps members who will deliver advising services and lead summer and year-round academic programming for Breakthrough students in grades 6-12 in Austin, Del Valle, and Manor, Texas, and Breakthrough high school graduates and college students attending colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Federal Award: $1,438,927, Public/Private Match: $787,586

Service Areas: Austin, Del Valle, Manor, Houston

Program Contact: Andrea Guengerich (andrea@breakthroughctx.org)


ChildFund International USA in partnership with Communities in Schools, Hidalgo County, will have 36 AmeriCorps members who will facilitate literacy group strategies in 22 schools (16 elementary/6 middle schools) and communities in Hidalgo County, Texas. AmeriCorps members facilitate literacy and social emotional learning activities in safe spaces, utilizing stories relevant to the children's challenging life experiences.

Federal Award: $282,420, Public/Private Match: $196,690

Service Areas: McAllen, Sullivan City, Mission, Edinburg, Mission, Penitas, La Joya, Alton

Program Contact: Julia Campbell (jcampbell@childfund.org)

City Year Dallas

City Year Dallas will have 80 full-time AmeriCorps members who will provide full-day academic and school engagement services to students in 10 public schools in Dallas, Texas.  Members serve in 3rd through 12th grade English and math classrooms, where they promote positive behavior and classroom routines and rules, provide 1:1 and small group tutoring, give students individual or group coaching sessions, and provide afterschool programming.

Federal Award: $1,074,400, Public/Private Match: $1,074,400

Service Areas: Dallas

Program Contact: Katherine Washington (kwashington@cityyear.org)

City Year San Antonio

City Year San Antonio will have 105 full-time AmeriCorps members who will provide full-day academic and school engagement services to students in 9 public schools in San Antonio, Texas.  Members serve in 3rd through 10th grade English and math classrooms, where they promote positive behavior and classroom routines and rules, provide 1:1 and small group tutoring, give students individual or group coaching sessions, and provide afterschool programming.

Federal Award: $1,483,816, Public/Private Match: $1,483,816

Service Areas: San Antonio

Program Contact: Stacie Hare (share@cityyear.org)


As a multi-focused intermediary, CitySquare will have 330 AmeriCorps members who will increase academic engagement, increase food security, and eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency in Dallas County, Tarrant County, and Paris, Texas.  Members provide support to host sites working to: 1) Increase academic engagement among economically disadvantaged youth through out-of-school time educational programming, 2) Alleviate food insecurity through the provision of emergency food assistance and increase access to summer meals through a mobile program, or 3) Improve economic opportunity for adults through case management and workforce development.

Federal Award: $1,329,892, Public/Private Match: $1,329,897

Service Areas: Dallas, Paris, Fort Worth, Mesquite

Program Contact: Jennifer Abdallah (jabdallah@citysquare.org)

College Advising Corps

College Advising Corps will have 85 AmeriCorps members who will provide college advising to low-income, first-generation, underrepresented students in 85 underserved high schools across the state of Texas (Austin, Dallas County, El Paso, Houston, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio areas).  Members serve as full-time college advisers in 85 targeted high schools whose mission is to help students with the entire college search and application process, providing the support and assistance these students need to complete the process.

Federal Award: $1,141,550, Public/Private Match: $3,712,043

Service Areas: Alamo, Austin, Brenham, Brownsville, Bryan, Cleveland, Cypress, Del Valle, DeSoto, Duncanville, El Paso, Garland, Grand Prairie, Harlingen, Hidalgo, Houston, Hutto, Katy, Lancaster, Manor, Mesquite, Mission, Navasota, Pasadena, Pharr, Richardson, Rosenberg, San Antonio, San Juan, San Marcos, Somerset

Program Contact: Maggie Rudd (mrudd@advisingcorps.org)

College Forward

College Forward will have 60 AmeriCorps members who will provide intensive mentoring to economically disadvantaged high school and/or college students in the Austin area.  Members will provide, academic advising, financial aid counseling, self-advocacy motivation, social, emotional and cultural support, transfer and re-enrollment support, degree and career objective progress monitoring and interventions, and referrals to campus services, career centers and job placement agencies.

Federal Award: $473,661, Public/Private Match: $473,693

Service Areas: Austin, Del Valle, Elgin, Buda, Kyle, Manor, Pflugerville, Round Rock, San Marcos

Program Contact: Robin Walker (rwalker@collegeforward.org)

Communities In Schools of Central Texas

Communities In Schools of Central Texas will have 90 AmeriCorps members who will serve as mentors and academic supporters in public schools in four Central Texas counties including: Travis, Hays, Caldwell, and Bastrop.  CISCT provides year-round, dropout prevention services at 66 high-need schools.  The CISCT dropout prevention model ensures that individualized, comprehensive supports to obstacles are provided for students so they can re-engage in the classroom, focus on learning, and succeed in school.

Federal Award: $705,617, Public/Private Match: $955,467

Service Areas: Austin, Bastrop, Elgin, Niederwald, Cedar Creek, Kyle, Lockhart, Manor, Buda, Dale, Uhland

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

Communities In Schools of North Texas

Communities In Schools of North Texas will have 95 AmeriCorps Members who will provide research-based Integrated Student Supports to economically disadvantaged students at-risk of dropping out of school in 43 high-need Texas public schools in Bridgeport, Denton, Lake Dallas, Lewisville, Little Elm, and Northwest ISDs.  Members will provide intentional individualized case-management services to economically disadvantaged students who are at-risk of dropping out of school.

Federal Award: $248,463, Public/Private Match: $78,500

Service Areas: Bridgeport, Corinth, Denton, Flower Mound, Justin, Lake Dallas, Lewisville, Little Elm, Newark, Rhome, Shady Shores, The Colony

Program Contact: Tasha Moore (tmoore@cisnt.org)

Communities In Schools of San Antonio

Communities In Schools of San Antonio will have 45 Quarter-time AmeriCorps members and 15 Minimum-time members who will provide research-based integrated student supports to students at-risk of dropping out of school in up to 32 high-need Texas public schools in Bexar County.  Members will implement the CIS research-based, evidence-proven model of case management and integrated student supports at up to 10 schools in the San Antonio area to address barriers to graduation with intentional, individualized services.

Federal Award: $271,402, Public/Private Match: $88,393

Service Areas: San Antonio, Pearsall

Program Contact: Sarah Kuntz (skuntz@cissa.org)

Equal Heart

Equal Heart will have 274 AmeriCorps members who will provide a multitude of services; including job readiness services, student engagement, environmental treatment, hunger reduction, connections to service opportunities, and other services that meet local needs in rural, distressed and other under-resourced communities across Texas.  As a rural multi-focus intermediary, Equal Heart members will provide job readiness services to 400 low-income adults; academic engagement activities to 600 at-risk K-12 students in multipurpose Out-of-School Time programs, year round food pantry support to families and  meals to children in after-school and summer programs, treatment to at least 200 acres of public lands, and support the recruitment of 200 veterans to volunteer on community service projects to address local community needs while reconnecting the veterans to their communities and reducing their isolation.

Federal Award: $1,146,007, Public/Private Match: $627,583

Service Areas: Dallas, Arlington, Port Arthur, Abilene, Austin, Waco, Lubbock, San Antonio, San Juan, McAllen, Houston, Balch Springs, Duncan ville, Bedford, Corpus Christi

Program Contact: Megan Otto (megan@equalheart.org)

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) will have 58 AmeriCorps members who will provide educational programming to girls/students in grades K-12 by employing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) curriculum with special emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at the STEM Center of Excellence in Dallas, TX; at area Girl Scout service centers located in the Dallas metro area and Tyler, Texas; at partner schools/nonprofit locations in Dallas metro area; at GSNETX Council hosted workshops in partnership with local Service Units and Girl Scout Troops across GSNETX's 32-county service area in North Texas and through virtual programs.

Federal Award: $419,400, Public/Private Match: $213,488

Service Areas: Dallas

Program Contact: Brenda Gomes (bgomes@gsnetx.org)

Imagine Art

Imagine Art will have 13 AmeriCorps members who will provide job readiness training and support to artists with disabilities in Austin, Texas.  Member will work directly with artists with disabilities to master job readiness skills and techniques.  Direct service activities performed by Members will include teaching classes, facilitation of open studio and facilitation of other artist opportunities.

Federal Award: $234,141, Public/Private Match: $73,921

Service Areas: Austin

Program Contact: Rick Hernandez (rick@imagineart.net)

Keep Austin Housed (Front Steps)

The Front Steps Keep Austin Housed Program (KAH) will have 30 AmeriCorps members who will provide intensive case management aide services for the homeless population through the KAH collaborative in Austin, Texas.  Through Front Steps and 9 partner agencies, members assist in stabilizing people experiencing homelessness by helping them achieve and maintain permanent housing and employment while developing self-sufficiencies.  Members will provide case management services to clients to intervene in and make a significant, measurable impact on homelessness in Austin.

Federal Award: $464,370, Public/Private Match: $464,370

Service Areas: Austin

Program Contact: Emma Petersheim (epetersheim@frontstep.org)

Legacy Community Health

Legacy Community Health Services, Inc. will have 43 AmeriCorps members who will use a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to implement proven interventions as they assist low-income individuals in accessing and retaining primary and preventative care, identify and address social determinants of health (including medication, food, transportation, and housing insecurities), provide health-related patient and community-based education and screenings, conduct outreach and enrollment services into health insurance affordability programs, and engage patients in chronic disease and cancer prevention activities in Legacy clinic locations across the Greater Houston Area.

Federal Award: $397,070, Public/Private Match: $126,948

Service Areas: Houston, Baytown

Program Contact: Jack Winn (jwinn@legacycommunityhealth.org)

Literacy Coalition of Central Texas

The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas will have 45 AmeriCorps members who will serve as literacy instructors across 23 non-profit, education, or state agencies in the Austin and Houston, Texas regions.  Members provide instruction to low-skilled and low-income adults and/or young children in community-based literacy programs. They  will teach English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation, and/or Career Development for adults with low-literacy skills, and/or offer early childhood education literacy coaching for children.

Federal Award: $701,640, Public/Private Match: $706,196

Service Areas: Austin, San Marcos, Houston

Program Contact: Courtney Salcedo (csalcedo@willread.org)

Literacy First

The Literacy First program will have 72 AmeriCorps members who will provide intensive, evidence-based, early literacy interventions to at least 900 PreK-2nd grade students in high-poverty schools in Central Texas.  Members provide one-to-one, daily, reading intervention to K-2 students.

Federal Award: $872,551, Public/Private Match: $925,520

Service Areas: Austin

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

Parents As Teachers (United Way of El Paso County)

The United Way of El Paso County will have 20 AmeriCorps members who will increase school readiness through the Parents as Teachers program in El Paso County, Texas. Members serve as Parent Educators who support parents in early childhood development and increasing their child's school readiness and Resource Navigators  who will help direct families to community resources.

Federal Award: $309,580, Public/Private Match: $188,677

Service Areas: El Paso, Canutillo, Fabens

Program Contact: Kimberly Cedillo (kcedillo@unitedwayelpaso.org)

Project Transformation

Project Transformation North Texas will have 143 AmeriCorps Members who will lead afterschool and summer day camp programs for children and youth at eleven sites in low-income North Texas communities.  Members implement out-of-school time literacy and social-emotional interventions for 1,000 children and youth.

Federal Award: $714,046, Public/Private Match: $1,329,000

Service Areas: Dallas, Farmers Branch, Sherman

Program Contact: Elspeth Glaubitz (glaubitz@ptnorthtexas.org)

Reading Partners

Reading Partners will have 43 AmeriCorps members who will manage the volunteer recruitment for and day-to-day operations of their one-on-one literacy tutoring program for economically disadvantaged students at 19 Title I elementary schools across the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. AmeriCorps members recruit, train, coach, and support community-based volunteer tutors who work with K-4 students who demonstrate a wide range of literacy skill levels compared to grade-level benchmarks.

Federal Award: $653,256, Public/Private Match: $701,130

Service Areas: Dallas, Fort Worth

Program Contact: Tira Hepker (tira.hepker@readingpartners.org)

Relay Graduate School of Education

Relay Graduate School of Education will have 350 full-time AmeriCorps Professional Corps members who will participate in the innovative teacher residency program, the Relay Texas Teaching Residency (RTTR), across Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, McAllen,and San Antonio, Texas.  Members will provide K-12 TX students in urban, low-income, communities with a high-quality education.

Federal Award: $350,000, Public/Private Match: $2,000,000

Service Areas: San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth

Program Contact: Nadel Pierre-Toussaint (npierre-toussaint@relay.edu)

Sewa International

Sewa International, Inc. will have 18 AmeriCorps members who will carry out disaster preparedness and response training in underserved recent immigrant and refugee communities, and they will provide supplementary language intervention to improve academic performance for children K-12 in those same populations in their ASPIRE After-school Centers and on campuses in the Alief ISD. 

Federal Award: $203,994, Public/Private Match: $64,442

Service Areas: Houston

Program Contact: Carole Juarez (sewainternationalcarolejuarez@gmail.com)

Teach For America

Teach For America-Texas will have 575 AmeriCorps members who will be responsible for teaching for two years in low-income and disadvantaged schools in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley.  Members serve as full-time teachers in public schools, serving disadvantaged and underserved students.

Federal Award: $575,000, Public/Private Match: $20,533,745

Service Areas: Dallas, Fort Worth, Richardson, Bellaire, Houston, Sugar Land, Edcouch, Harlingen, Welslaco, McAllen, Pharr, Roma, Donna, Port Isabel, San Antonio

Program Contact: Lily Trieu (lily.trieu@teachforamerica.org)

Texas Conservation Corps (American YouthWorks)

The Texas Conservation Corps of American YouthWorks will have 20 AmeriCorps members who will complete conservation and disaster service projects in Texas.  Members will deploy for two-week work periods addressing conservation projects and utilize strategies such as erosion control, check dams, invasive plant removal, and other restoration techniques to improve public land.  Disaster-trained members will be available to deploy in Texas as self-contained response units helping disaster victims or setting up and operating a volunteer management system to coordinate additional leveraged inputs represented by disaster volunteers.

Federal Award: $325,580, Public/Private Match: $309,580

Service Areas: Austin

Program Contact: Jody Karr (jkarr@americanyouthworks.org)

Texas HIPPY Corps

Texas HIPPYCorps at the University of North Texas will have 110 AmeriCorps members who will increase involvement of parents in their children's education and provide children with skills to be deemed ready for school in Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, Irving, Long View, Odessa, Richardson, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Wichita Falls.  Members complete home visits with parents and engage parents in activities that help their children be ready for school. To accomplish this outcome, during home visits each member provides parents with instructional skills, materials, and support to prepare their children for kindergarten.

Federal Award: $723,841, Public/Private Match: $726,145

Service Areas: Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, Irving, Longview, Odessa, Richardson, McAllen, San Antonio, Wichita Falls

Program Contact: Wendy Middlemiss (wendy.middlemiss@unt.edu)

Texas Network of Youth Services [Planning Grant]

The Texas Network of Youth Services proposes to develop an AmeriCorps program to create opportunities for young adults who have lived experience with homelessness and foster care involvement to develop job skills through AmeriCorps positions at TNOYS member organizations serving Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Plano, TX; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX; and El Paso, TX.

Federal Award: $72,706, Public/Private Match: $24,725

Service Areas: Austin, Dallas, Plano, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso

Program Contact: Christine Gendron (cgendron@tnoys.org)

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley proposes to have one hundred and eighty AmeriCorps members who will assist high school students with the college enrollment process into post-secondary education/institutions.  Members will assist high school students with the college enrollment process. Their main objective will be to improve student access to higher education by providing one-on-one guidance and assistance through each of the steps in the college enrollment process to increase the chances of students successfully enrolling in college.

Federal Award: $709,306, Public/Private Match: $709,345

Service Areas: Brownsville, San Benito, Edinburg, McAllen

Program Contact: Jael Perez (jael.perez@utrgv.edu)

West Texas A&M University

West Texas A&M University will have 84 AmeriCorps members who will provide mentoring, advising, academic coaching, guidance, and other support to help area high school and college students as well as adult learners prepare for, gain access to, and/or succeed in obtaining post-secondary degrees and credentials in multiple schools and communities across 25 counties in the Texas Panhandle.

Federal Award: $473,009, Public/Private Match: $149,560

Service Areas: Adian, Amarillo, Booker, Borger, Bovina, Briscoe, Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, Canadian, Canyon, Channing, Childress, Clarendon, Claude, Dalhart, Darrouzett, Dimmitt, Dumas, Farwell, Follett, Friona, Gruver, Hart, Hartley, Hedley, Hereford, Kelton, Kress, Lazbuddie, Lefors, McLean, Memphis, Pampa, Perryton, Shamrock, Silverton, Spearman, Stratford, Sunray, Texline, Tulia, Turkey, Wellington, Wheeler

Program Contact: Misty Rueda (mrueda@wtamu.edu)

Yes Prep Public Schools [Planning Grant]

YES Prep Public Schools, Inc. proposes to develop an AmeriCorps program serving in Houston, Texas.  AmeriCorps members would be recruited, trained, and supported in becoming teachers of record across YES Prep in order to fill vacancies in hard-to-staff subject areas.

Federal Award: $63,540, Public/Private Match: $19,565

Service Areas: Houston

Program Contact: Charla Stuart (charla.stuart@yesprep.org)