The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) has received funding for two AmeriCorps programs and is seeking applicants for service members to start Sept. 1.
“We are excited to continue the AmeriCorps program and the tangible benefits provided to our members as well as our communities they serve,” said Dr. Julie Brown, Director of Advanced Learning at IALR. “Not only do service members enjoy mentoring and tutoring students on STEM and computer science activities, but they also develop themselves for the next step in their professional career, gain high-quality training, and receive a stipend and an educational award.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded IALR a grant for a new ServeIT program to support eight full-time AmeriCorps members as they mentor Danville and Pittsylvania County students in computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related activities. A pre-apprenticeship program, ServeIT will prepare economically disadvantaged young adults with information technology (IT) and work readiness skills, help them earn certifications and place them in IT apprenticeships or other employment at the end of their service year. IALR, Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) and J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust funds also support this program. Three positions remain open.
CNCS, IALR and DRF have also funded the existing Dan River Year (DRY) program at IALR. This regional program is designed to build the area’s STEM capacity by addressing literacy challenges. Many DRY members are placed in middle schools to combat this issue, and others are placed in service positions within the community; in total, there are over 15 service sites. Remaining positions include 900-hour positions at: middle schools in Danville, Halifax, Martinsville and Pittsylvania County; Danville Science Center; IALR; and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. A 300-hour position remains open as well at Danville Church-Based Tutorial sites.
“Being an AmeriCorps member has afforded me the opportunity to return to college where I am earning a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and setting new goals,” said Audia Harris, who serves currently as an AmeriCorps member through IALR’s DRY program. She was named as the February 2018 Virginia AmeriCorps Brand Ambassador. “I work with great people and educators, and they encourage me to continue to have a positive impact on the lives that I touch each day. I am proud to be an AmeriCorps member!”
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation with applied research, advanced learning, conference center services and economic development efforts. The Institute’s major footprint focuses within Southern Virginia, including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville.