During the year, all students engage in community service learning and participation as part-time members of AmeriCorps. The
community service component is a way to reconnect youth to their communities through "doing." In the process of changing their own lives, students knock down barriers to their development and remove negative stereotypes about out-of-school youth.
This benefit is made possible through partnerships with AmeriCorps State via PennSERVE, and the AmeriCorps National Direct program via YouthBuild USA.
As part of the curriculum, students are required to complete 450 hours of community service by graduation. Each student that successfully completes the program earns an educational award of $1,468, good for up to seven years, which can be used for education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans.
A team of full-time AmeriCorps members design and implement a community service curriculum and subsequent service projects.
The team also serves in a variety of other ways, including:
- planning and implementing school-wide service projects,
special events and ceremonies
- supporting students as mentors and tutors
- creating valuable partnerships with local organizations
The AmeriCorps members are invaluable role models that inspire the students in their own pursuits for success.