AmeriCorps is a U.S. government program created by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. Every year, it pairs more than 85,000 volunteers with communities in need nationwide. In the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis AmeriCorps program, you’ll have the chance to make a difference in the following areas:
The Y Achievers program addresses critical issues affecting teenage youth in grades 9–12. This weekly program targets educational, social and character development. Each program participant gains essential life skills that are necessary in becoming productive members of society. A major focus is the development of college readiness skills through workshops, tutoring, career exploration activities and college tours.
Generation Y Middle School Programs
Focusing on children attending low-performing schools, the Generation Y Middle School programs provide youth with a healthy alternative to unstructured after-school activities. With the support of AmeriCorps members, participants benefit from an environment that fosters their academic, social and physical development. Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math.
From Day 1
From Day 1 is a summer specialty camp addressing an issue that continues to be a problem in area high schools: the transition of eighth grade students into high school. Working in concert with school counselors, the program helps students develop effective study habits, meet academic requirements, and build positive school relationships. It also provides opportunities for parental involvement, as well as fun field trips and recreational activities.