Serving youth in Western Massachusetts.
Nurturing young leaders.
Changing our community.
What we do:
RISE AmeriCorps Members tutor and mentor youth through a variety of schools and youth-serving agencies in Western Massachusetts. AmeriCorps Members are trained in Positive Youth Development Theory and use practices rooted in that theory to create opportunities for youth to thrive academically and socially. AmeriCorps Members implement programs that empower youth by building their skills and their confidence. AmeriCorps Members inspire youth achievement by modeling a professional, enthusiastic, and compassionate attitude toward community involvement.
Why we do it:
The Pioneer Valley includes Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. Two hours west of Boston, the Valley has universities, museums, a rich cultural history, and a diversity of industry and people. From farms and natural resources to bustling small cities, the Valley and its residents have many great assets that make for strong communities. Nevertheless, 40% of families live below the poverty line and there is a particularly high drop-out rate throughout the region. RISE AmeriCorps strives to provide the support and opportunities that youth need to succeed in school and to become successful, self-sufficient adults.
Since 1996, DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps programs have served over 10,000 youth. Local initiatives such as the Legislative Forum, the Night Owl Teen Warming Center, the Community Edge Teen Page, the Youth Voice Youth Center Newsletter, a Communities In Schools-style project, and dozens of afterschool programs have all been initiated or sustained by AmeriCorps Members. As a result of AmeriCorps' efforts, youth participating in Member-led programs have reported feeling more engaged at school and valued in their communities, and less inclined to engage in risky behaviors.
In addition to the difference they make in the lives of young people, AmeriCorps Members collaborate with each other as a team of dedicated, passionate, engaged individuals learning how to become the next generation of community leaders. AmeriCorps provides Members with an opportunity for professional development and personal growth. Many AmeriCorps Members go on to complete graduate degrees or become employed at not-for-profit agencies.
Find out what past Members say about their service with AmeriCorps.
Apply to Join AmeriCorps:
Applications for the 2014-2015 RISE AmeriCorps program can be downloaded here. Please fill out the application and return it by email to email@example.com or by mail to the RISE AmeriCorps Director 196 Federal Street, Box 1P. Greenfield, MA 01301. Note: Included in the application are two forms for references to fill out and mail to the above address.
The RISE program has three core elements: onsite service, training & development, and team service project(s). For approximately 35 hours a week, each Member undertakes a unique role that enhances the services offered at a local school or youth-serving agency.
In return for this service, sites provide Members with ongoing training and supervision, as well as contributing a small cash match toward the Member stipend. For the remaining 5-8 hours a week, Members join together with their RISE cohort to collaborate on team service projects and participate in weekly trainings that support their personal and professional development.
Current and Previous Site Partner Agencies include Athol-Royalston Middle School, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin and Hampshire Counties, The Brick House Community Resource Center, Community Action ! Youth Programs, Community Coalition for Teens, DIAL/SELF, Gill-Montague School District, Greenfield Community YMCA, Greenfield Community Youth Center, Greenfield Recreation Department, Greenfield School District, Hampshire Educational Collaborative, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, Northampton Mayor’s Youth Commission, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Tapestry Health Systems, Upward Bound, the Young Entrepreneurs’ Society, Ralph C. Mahar Regional School, Amherst Regional High School, and the United Arc.
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How Members Benefit:
In return for 1700 hours of service (which is normally completed in 10 months), members receive:
- A living stipend of up to $12,100 for a complete term of service
- 20 personal days during the course of the term
- Financial assistance for childcare if eligible
- Student-loan forbearance during service
- An Education Award of $5,550 that can be used for student loans or future educational expenses, paid at the term’s end.
- Training in youth development theory and practice
- Civic action skills training
- Excellent networking and professional development opportunities. Many AmeriCorps Members become full-time staff members at not-for-profit agencies after they complete their service.
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The Commitment Members Make:
The 2014-2015 service term begins in late August 21, 2014. Members commit to serving a total of 1700 hours during that time, normally at a rate of approximately 40 hours per week.
Feel free to contact the AmeriCorps Director via email or phone (see below) at any time!
Frequently asked questions.
Member and Site Partner Resources:
Here is a Resource Page for current and prospective Members that contains information you’ll need before the term begins and the forms you’ll need during the term.
Here is a Resource Page for current and prospective Site Partners that contains Site Partner forms and important dates.
For more information contact Matt Ashby at 413 774 7054 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org