AmeriCorps NCCC Members Arrive

Eleven individuals from nine different states have arrived in St. Louis to participate in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) service program.  The program, which runs approximately three months, will focus on efforts in the St. Louis Promise Zone.

Designed for men and women ages 18-24, AmeriCorps NCCC strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.  Each team works on projects that address critical needs.  In partnership with non-profits, local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.

The St. Louis team is working at several schools and day care centers, providing classroom assistance, tutoring and support during after school programs.  The St. Louis Promise Zone covers seven school districts, each facing high poverty, low test scores and budget challenges.  The group members are excited to be in St. Louis and enthusiastic about the work they are doing.  Stay tuned for Phase Two of the AmeriCorps NCCC program in St. Louis.

Here are some recent media reports on the St. Louis Promise Zone’s education system:

St. Louis Public Schools looks to build on success, after winning full accreditation
(FOX2Now.com on Jan. 17, 2017)

The Superintendent Who Turned Around A School District
(St. Louis Public Radio on Jan. 3, 2017)

Riverview Gardens regains state accreditation
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Dec. 2, 2016)

(Front Row of Photo, L to R — Samantha Haab, Elizabeth Nutig, Jacquelyn Copeland, Dy’shanta Evans & Grace Cho)
(Back Row of Photo, L to R — Rochelle Pickering, Zachary Marks, Marisa McDaniel, Douglas Lee, Liam Seekamp & Rachel Gartzke)