We designed PartnerCorps as a response to the specific need rural communities have for service and the opportunity to engage in meaningful service. Traditional service programs such as the PeaceCorps and other AmeriCorps programs help young people expand their understanding of the world by serving communities of need. Our emphasis is on using local talent to meet the needs of the community. The majority of our members serve in their home community working to lift educational aspirations and build academic skills among the youth of eastern Kentucky.
Full-Service Community Schools
Full-Service Community Schools provide students in Knox County with comprehensive services and interventions including tutoring,service learning opportunities,job training and career counseling services.
Services provided to families of students includeImproving access to and use of social service programs, and programs that promote family financial stability.
Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
GEAR UP follows a cohort of students from sixth grade to their freshman year in college. It emphasizes college readiness through academic success and the building of a college-going culture. Services include in-school tutoring, career exploration,test preparation, college visits, career site visits, mentoring, educator professional development. and family engagement activities.
NEA Art Works
The Appalachian Teaching Artist Fellowship provides professional development for artists from our rural Appalachian service region. The fellowship pairs apprentice teaching artists from our region with professional teaching artists for mentorship as well as practicum experiences via residencies in Kentucky Promise Zone schools.
Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Securities Act (CARES)
This award provides funding for personnel support including two staff members and 14 artists amid the pandemic crisis. CARES artist activities may include remote project planning and implementation and/or professional development activities including but not limited to creation of distance learning materials and curriculum resources for sustainability, virtual training or instruction, planning for restructure and portfolio improvement. to learn.
Promise Neighborhood supports a continuum of services for youth from cradle-to-career. Knox Promise Neighborhood and Perry Promise Neighborhood partner with schools and community-based organizations to provide workshops, public health initiatives, community safety programs, and educational support for all children – from birth to age 24 – within the Neighborhoods.
Talent Search provides school-based academic counseling and career exploration activities. It focuses on college preparatory support for 800 low-income, first-generation students in grades 8-12. Services provided include:
- High-quality tutoring
- Academic, career, and financial aid counseling
- College visits
- Cultural field trips
- Career site visits.
Upward Bound Math and Science provides college preparatory experiences to students from 9th-12th grades with an aptitude for math and science. Services are provided to low-income, first-generation students. These services include:
- intensive academic summer programs at Berea College
- college visits
- cultural field trips
- ACT preparation
- financial aid and
- college application assistance.