AmeriCorps Grant Awarded to Partners for Education Allows Continued Service in Knox, Perry, Leslie and Bell Counties

A $1.2 million continuation grant to Partners for Education at Berea College from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Serve Kentucky will allow AmeriCorps members to continue serving as mentors, college guides and tutors in schools in Bell, Knox, Leslie and Perry counties.

The one-year grant will allow for 80 full-time positions in the schools.

“National service programs are making important contributions engaging students, improving academic achievement, and serving as connectors between the classroom and home,” Beverly Strange, associate director of CNCS for Partners, said. “Our members meet each student at their level of need and provide an additional layer of support. During the uncertain times we have been facing with COVID-19, our members have been able to quickly shift from in-person to virtual support services while continuing to meet the needs of our students.”

As a whole, Kentucky received more than $5.15 million in national competitive grant funding for eight AmeriCorps programs along with $2.26 million in formula grant funding to support additional state programs. Serve Kentucky awarded grants to 14 additional programs based on this funding allocation. AmeriCorps program sponsors are also contributing more than $5 million in local funding matches.

Serve Kentucky Executive Director Joe Bringardner said AmeriCorps members are “local citizens helping their neighbors, and COVID-19 has made this service more important and timely.”

Including additional match funding and educational grants, AmeriCorps programs will result in a $16.2 million investment in Kentucky. This funding will continue to build workforce and community resources, while addressing many critical needs across the commonwealth.

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Partners for Education at Berea College uses a place based, student focused approach to improve educational outcomes in Appalachian Kentucky. By braiding services and aligning federal, state and private funding streams, Partners for Education works to ensure all Appalachian students succeed.