AmeriCorps at Springfield College: “Getting Things Done”
The mission of Springfield College is to educate students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Members of Springfield College AmeriCorps programs live and share this mission, engaging in service that meets the critical educational needs of Springfield youth.
Through the Massachusetts Reading Corps and School Turnaround Initiative programs, AmeriCorps members serve in Springfield schools and early education centers (grades PreK through 12), where they facilitate interventions targeting risk factors for dropping out of school, including poor early literacy skills, low attendance, behavioral/disciplinary issues, and course failure in English and math.
AmeriCorps members can serve part-time, completing 900 hours as an academic coach, literacy tutor, or school counselor, or full-time, completing 1,700 hours as an academic support specialist. Members are selected and placed based on previous experience, academic program, and applicable skills. The program also provides extensive training and support around evidenced-based practices and interventions in education and literacy, ensuring that members have a meaningful service experience that positively impacts the academic success of children in Springfield.
The Springfield College AmeriCorps Program:
"Getting Things Done"
Josh Schupack, AmeriCorps member
"The Springfield College AmeriCorps program creates a true representation of leadership in service. As a member of this Corps, I have learned real community action skills to move forward with future service that I intend on doing. This program has helped me deepen my understanding of service and has re-lit a fire in me to continue to want to be involved with at-risk youth."