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Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs

Kentucky AmeriCorps programs contact

Carie M. Kizzar, Program Officer
Office: 502-564-7420, ext. 3842
Mobile: 502-229-8152

Kentucky AmeriCorps grants contact

Shannon Ramsey, Operations Officer
Office: 502-564-7420, ext. 3841
Mobile: 502-783-6489

Applying for Kentucky AmeriCorps
  • Positions are for AmeriCorps members. Learn more about the programs by reading the descriptions.
  • To see what programs have openings, go to My.AmeriCorps.gov and search for AmeriCorps State/National programs in Kentucky.
  • If you are interested, create a profile and apply online at AmeriCorps.gov.
  • You can also contact the listed Program Director or the Kentucky Program Officer.

If you are interested in applying for a grant for an AmeriCorps program in Kentucky, please visit the AmeriCorps Grant Information webpage.

Since AmeriCorps began in 1994, more than 11,000 Kentuckians have served more than 17 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $40.8 million.

2017-18 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program Grants

Kentucky Receives $6.5 Million in Service Grants

Federal funding will help meet critical state and local needs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2017) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today that Kentucky has received more than $6.5 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 23 programs with more than 800 total members. Most of the programs were funded through an annual grant competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages Americans of all ages in service. The remaining programs are funded through formula grant funds that are allocated to Kentucky by CNCS based on state population.

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) in the CHFS. AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. Members serve faith-based and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, local government entities and state agencies.

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2017-18 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program Grants

ATEAM
Sponsor: Barren County School Board
CNCS Grant: $498,811 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $753,210
Member Slots: 80
Ed Awards: $232,600
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members tutor targeted remedial students in Kindergarten through 12th grade in reading and/or math using research based curriculums. ATEAM members leverage an additional 400 volunteers to be engaged in assisting students in tutoring and support of school based and program service projects.

Christian Appalachian Project AmeriCorps
Sponsor: Christian Appalachian Project
CNCS Grant: $33,080 (Formula Fixed Amount – Education Award Program)
Local Match: $883,195
Member Slots: 70
Ed Awards: $240,446
CNCS Focus Area(s): Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Healthy Futures
Members provide housing services, long-term hunger support, emergency assistance, disaster relief, early childhood education, character education and tutoring, summer programming, and elderly and disability services for residents of Eastern Kentucky. Members leverage an additional 1,000 volunteers to be engaged in housing repair.

Economic Empowerment Corps
Sponsor: KY Coalition Against Domestic Violence
CNCS Grant: $266,000 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $132,335
Member Slots: 20
Ed Awards: $116,300
CNCS Focus Area(s): Economic Opportunity
Members provide economic empowerment services to domestic violence survivors at KCADV’s 15 member programs and other community partners across the state. Members leverage an additional 600 volunteers to be engaged in assisting the members with financial education courses or helping participants in economic empowerment programs access community resources.

Environmental Education Leadership Corps
Sponsor: Kentucky Environmental Council
CNCS Grant: $61,360 (Formula Cost Reimbursement – Planning Grant)
Local Match: $26,020; Member Slots: 0; Ed Awards: $0
CNCS Focus Area(s): Environmental Stewardship
Plans to support 10 members who will provide high quality environmental education across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

FRYSC Corps
Sponsor: Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative
CNCS Grant: $439,446 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $715,616
Member Slots: 90
Ed Awards: $266,734
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members provide literacy tutoring and student mentoring in economically disadvantaged schools in Northern, Central, and Eastern Kentucky. Members leverage an additional 150 literacy peer mentors to be engaged in helping Kindergarten to grade 5 students find pleasure in reading.

Gateway AmeriCorps
Sponsor: Gateway Community and Technical College
CNCS Grant: $63,974 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $46,489
Member Slots: 22
Ed Awards: $27,098
CNCS Focus Area(s): Capacity Building
Members apply academic knowledge and skills to provide needed direct and indirect services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families through skills-based matched placements at non-profits, local or regional government agencies, or educational settings located in Northern Kentucky.

GGC In-Residence Expanded Learning Partnerships
Sponsor: Global Game Changers Children’s Education Initiative 
CNCS Grant: $146,920 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $300,000
Member Slots: 20
Ed Awards: $58,150
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members teach students in GGC’s Expanded Learning Programs in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Members leverage an additional 75 volunteers to be engaged in mentoring students and supporting classroom instruction during the course of the In-Residence Program.

Homes for All
Sponsor: Homeless and Housing Coalition of KY 
CNCS Grant: $515,397 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $646,200
Member Slots: 38
Ed Awards: $209,340
CNCS Focus Area(s): Economic Opportunity
Members serve as housing services members, providing construction, rehabilitation, repair and other housing service activities in order to increase Kentucky's safe and affordable housing stock for individuals and families that are low-income or have a disability. Members leverage at least 550 unduplicated volunteers each year.

Kentucky College Coaches
Sponsor: NKU Research Foundation 
CNCS Grant: $428,869 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $420,756
Member Slots: 77
Ed Awards: $187,010
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education, Veterans and Military Families
Members coach high school students and Veterans pursuing post-secondary education. Members leverage an additional 500 volunteers to be engaged in helping high school students and veterans learn about careers, complete paperwork for college access, and build a college-going culture in Kentucky.

Kentucky College Coaches on Campus (KC3)
Sponsor: NKU Research Foundation 
CNCS Grant: $75,000 (Formula – Planning Grant)
Local Match: $23,469; Member Slots: 0; Ed Awards: $0
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Plans to engaged members who will support economically disadvantaged students prepare for success in post- secondary educational institutions.

KY READY Corps
Sponsor: Eastern Kentucky University 
CNCS Grant: $204,093 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $88,729
Member Slots: 35
Ed Awards: $70,769
CNCS Focus Area(s): Disaster Services
Members identify and provide direct assistance to individuals and groups vulnerable to disasters, and they conduct disaster planning with a focus on vulnerable individuals and groups in communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Louisville Metro Parks AmeriCorps
Sponsor: Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation
CNCS Grant: $198,593 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $95,528
Member Slots: 14
Ed Awards: $78,503
CNCS Focus Area(s): Environmental Stewardship
Members help to protect and enhance environmental resources. They engage in (1) improving parks, natural areas, historic properties, and urban forest and public lands through invasive plant removal and natural woodland restoration, restoration/creation of trails; (2) tree health maintenance, tree replacement/new plantings; (3) environmental education and interpretive services; and (4) recruitment, training, and placement of volunteers to support these activities.

Morehead State University (MSU) Corps
Sponsor: Morehead State University
CNCS Grant: $402,900 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $616,405
Member Slots: 30
Ed Awards: $174,450
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members provide evidence-based math and reading tutoring in local elementary and middle schools using technology-based interventions to high-risk, economically disadvantaged students in 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky. Members leverage an additional 150 volunteers to be engaged in student success by providing a minimum of 5 hours of tutoring to students engaged in the intervention program.

PartnerCorps School Turnaround
Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College
CNCS Grant: $839,998 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $409,884
Member Slots: 60
Ed Awards: $348,900
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members serve high school students in Clay, Knox, and Perry Counties in rural Kentucky and are responsible for increasing attendance of high school students.

PartnerCorps SOAR
Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College
CNCS Grant: $278,585 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $136,998
Member Slots: 24
Ed Awards: $121,243
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members serve in Leslie County Schools in rural Kentucky and are responsible for improving student attendance.

PartnerCorps STEM
Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College
CNCS Grant: $320,718 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $149,690
Member Slots: 32
Ed Awards: $140,258
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members serve as mentors, tutors, and college guides in Madison County, Kentucky. Members leverage an additional 24 volunteers to be engaged as presenters of STEM career opportunities.

The Plantory AmeriCorps
Sponsor: The Plantory/Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice
CNCS Grant: $58,315 (Formula Cost Reimbursement – Planning Grant)
Local Match: $18,354; Member Slots: 0; Ed Awards: $0
CNCS Focus Area(s): Economic Opportunity, Education, Healthy Futures
Plans to have 10 AmeriCorps members who will support the direct service efforts of local nonprofits in Lexington, KY. Members will leverage an additional 300 volunteers to be engaged in supporting local nonprofits.

REACH Corps School Turnaround
Sponsor: Jefferson County Public Schools
CNCS Grant: $327,021 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)
Local Match: $138,873
Member Slots: 24
Ed Awards: $139,560
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members mentor disadvantaged students at priority and focus schools in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Members leverage 432 volunteers to be involved in tutoring, parent and community engagement activities, and school-based service projects.

Senior Connections
Sponsor: Green River Area Development District
CNCS Grant: $590,920 (Formula Fixed Amount)
Local Match: $231,000
Member Slots: 44
Ed Awards: $255,860
CNCS Focus Area(s): Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families
Members provide a range of services and social support to seniors, to reduce the rate of hospitalization among Medicare beneficiaries at a variety of service sites. Members leverage 800 volunteers to be engaged in assisting the efforts of AmeriCorps members and training with AmeriCorps members to prepare for and recover from disasters that may affect the region.

Teach For America – KY
Sponsor: Teach For America
CNCS Grant: $46,000 (Competitive Fixed Amount – Education Award Program)
Local Match: $787,000
Member Slots: 46
Ed Awards: $267,490
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members are responsible for teaching for two years in low-income and disadvantaged schools in Appalachian Kentucky.

Teach Kentucky AmeriCorps
Sponsor: Teach Kentucky
CNCS Grant: $24,000 (Formula Fixed Amount – Education Award Program)
Member Slots: 24
Ed Awards: $139,560
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members are STEM public middle and high school teachers in Jefferson County Public Schools.

UNITE Service Corps
Sponsor: Operation UNITE
CNCS Grant: $658,800 (Competitive Fixed Amount)
Local Match: $297,000
Member Slots: 54
Ed Awards: $314,010
CNCS Focus Area(s): Education
Members provide math tutoring and wellness curriculum to address drug prevention and nutritional education for 4th and 5th grade students. The USC members leverage an additional 1,100 volunteers to help with activities at their assigned schools.

UWBG Resource Corps
Sponsor: United Way of the Bluegrass
CNCS Grant: $75,000 (Formula Cost Reimbursement – Planning Grant)
Local Match: $23,156; Member Slots: 0; Ed Awards: 0
CNCS Focus Area(s): Economic Opportunity
Plans to place members at UWBG’s 2-1-1 Contact Center who will engage with individuals and families to ensure they have the necessary information to access human services.

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2016-17 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program Grants

2016-17 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program Map

2016-17 Kentucky AmeriCorps Program List

Programs operating from Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

ATEAM AmeriCorps

Members tutor targeted remedial students grades K-12 in reading and/or math using research-based curricula. Members serving in elementary schools ensure targeted students are reading at grade level or higher by the end of the academic year. Members serving in middle and high schools ensure students are performing at grade level or higher in the tutored subjects. In addition, members serving at high schools mentor students to aid in dropout prevention and support post-secondary education and workforce readiness. Members leverage an additional 400 community volunteers for student engagement and to support school-based and program-sponsored service projects.

Sponsor: Barren County School District (Glasgow)
Program Co-Director: Shannon Bailes, (270) 316-1005
Program Co-Director: Donna Morgan, (270) 453-3205

Bluegrass Self-Sufficiency Project (BSSP) Corps

Members support United Way of the Bluegrass-funded partner programs in Central Kentucky counties and are responsible for moving more than 1,000 families toward self-sufficiency. Members leverage an additional 600 community volunteers to be engaged in partner program activities focusing on income and education.

Sponsor: United Way of the Bluegrass (Lexington)
Program Director: Emmanuel Smith, (859) 977-7388
Member Coordinator: Anna Kenion, (859)977-7383

Christian Appalachian Project AmeriCorps

Members provide housing services, long-term hunger support, emergency assistance, disaster relief, early childhood education, character education and tutoring, summer programming and elderly and disability services for people in need in 14 Eastern Kentucky counties. Members are responsible for a number of positive outcomes, including affordable, safe, warm and dry housing, decreased food insecurity, the immediate meeting of crisis needs, increased school readiness and non-cognitive skills and greater independence and social support for the elderly, persons with disabilities and their caregivers. Members leverage an additional 1,000 community volunteers to assist with housing repair and summer camp.

Sponsor: Christian Appalachian Project
Program Director: Amy Schill, (606) 256-0973
Christian Appalachian Project AmeriCorps website

Economic Empowerment Corps

Members provide economic empowerment services to survivors of domestic violence through existing coalition program and community partner sites across the commonwealth. Members are responsible for providing 1,200 survivors with financial education, individual financial counseling and case management services. Members also provide credit counseling and will leverage an additional 600 community volunteers to support economic empowerment efforts.

Sponsor: Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Frankfort)
Program Director: Whitney Reynolds, (502) 209-5382
Economic Empowerment Corps website 

FRYSC Corps

Members provide literacy tutoring and student mentoring in economically disadvantaged schools in Northern, Central and Eastern Kentucky. Members assist K-12 students to meet expected literacy goals and increase positive behaviors. In addition, members will leverage an additional 150 community volunteers to serve as literacy peer mentors for elementary students.

Sponsor: Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (Shelbyville)
Program Director: Heather Musinski, (502) 564-4986 x3831

Gateway AmeriCorps

Members apply academic knowledge and skills to provide needed direct and indirect services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families through skills-based matched placements at non-profits, local/regional government agencies or educational entities located Northern Kentucky counties. Members are responsible for serving more than 2,000 Kentuckians and for ensuring at least 70 percent participating agencies report improvements in the organization’s service capacity.

Sponsor: Gateway Community and Technical College (Florence)
Program Director: Kylie Keene, (859) 815-7788 
Member Coordinator: Regina Owens, (859) 442-1631

Homes for All

Members serve as housing services specialists who provide case management, financial literacy, construction, rehabilitations and other housing service activities in order to increase Kentucky’s safe and affordable housing stock for individuals and families that are low-income or have a disability. Members provide housing services to 3,500 low-income individuals or people with disabilities. At least 1,350 of these consumers will be successfully housed by Homes for All members. Members leverage 550 community volunteers to assist with program goals.

Sponsor: Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky (Frankfort)
Interim Program Director: Caitlin Szabo, (502) 223-1834, ext. 1117
Homes for All website

Kentucky College Coaches

Members serve as near peer coaches to high school students in 32 Kentucky counties, assisting students in building skills and gathering needed information to succeed academically and to navigate college preparatory tests, find scholarships, complete federal student aid applications and choose a college or post-secondary program that fits their skills and experience. Members are responsible for assisting disadvantaged youth graduate from high school and enroll in college. Less than full-time members provide support for first generation or disadvantaged college freshman and sophomores in six Kentucky counties to continue support for students once they get to college.

Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights)
Program Director: Kristen Hedgebeth, (859) 572-7836
Kentucky College Coaches website

Kentucky READY Corps (Planning Grant)

Eastern Kentucky University will commence planning activities in preparation to apply for a full AmeriCorps program for the next grant cycle. The proposed program, Kentucky Students for Disaster Readiness and Resiliency Corps (KY READY Corps), will focus students on strengthening disaster readiness and resilience.

Sponsor: Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond)
Program Director: Amy Hughes, (859) 622-8825
Program Co-Director: Chad Foster, (502) 622-2608

Kentucky Service Corps

Members, who are themselves low-income, first generation, disadvantaged, underserved and/or veteran college students, provide communities with service learning experiences in schools, nonprofits and government agencies across the commonwealth. In the process of providing service to others, members strengthen their own resilience to stay in college and earn a college degree. Members provide service to more than 5,000 Kentuckians, with at least 10 percent being college students at risk of dropping out.

Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights)
Program Director: Kristen Hedgebeth, (859) 572-7836
Program Administrator: Gayle Hilleke, (859) 572-7634

Louisville Metro Parks AmeriCorps

Members help to protect and enhance environmental resources in Jefferson County. Members improve parks, natural areas, historic properties, urban forest and public lands through invasive plant removal and natural woodland restoration, restoration/creation of trails, tree health maintenance, tree replacement/new plantings, providing environmental education and interpretive services and recruiting, training and placement of 150 community volunteers to support the program’s environmental activities.

Sponsor: Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation (Louisville)
Program Director: Laura Ryan, (502) 574-6341

MSUCorps

Members provide evidence-based math and reading tutoring in elementary and middle schools using technology-based interventions to 900 high-risk, economically disadvantaged students in 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky. Members are responsible for ensuring 85 percent of enrolled students enrolled increase math and reading skills by one level based on assessment data, and for ensuring 70 percent of enrolled students demonstrate an increase in academic engagement behaviors. Members leverage an additional 150 community volunteers for student engagement and tutoring assistance.

Sponsor: Morehead State University (Morehead)
Program Director: Mary Claire Williams, (606) 783-2719
Member Coordinator: Rosita Napoleoni-Milan, (606) 783-9574
MSUCorps website 

PartnerCorps School Turnaround

Members serve as mentors, college advisors and family connectors for students in rural high schools in Clay, Knox and Perry Counties. Members are responsible for ensuring students increase attendance.

Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College (Berea)
Program Director: Robert Bowers, (859) 200-3280

PartnerCorps SOAR

Members serve in rural schools in Leslie County and are responsible for ensuring students increase attendance. Members provide case management, mentoring and tutoring services to students and their families using the evidence-proven strategy called Check and Connect.

Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College (Berea)
Program Director: Dana Coots, (606) 275-3225 

PartnerCorps STEM

Members provide tutoring and homework assistance in Algebra while connecting math to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career pathways, in three rural high schools in Madison County. Members are responsible for improvements in academic results and in student understanding of STEM career pathways. Members leverage 20 community volunteers who are STEM professionals to assist with program goals.

Sponsor: Partners for Education at Berea College (Berea)
Program Director: Linda Stone, (859) 985-3710 

REACH Corps School Turnaround

REACH stands for Ready to Extend A Caring Hand, and members mentor disadvantaged students at priority and focus schools in Jefferson County. Members are responsible for ensuring participating students improve their attendance and academic engagement. Members will leverage 430 community volunteers to assist in tutoring, parent and community engagement activities and school-based service projects.

Sponsor: Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville)
Program Director: Ben Langley, (502) 485-3926
Member Coordinator: Jon Auslander-Price, (502) 485-3949
REACH Corps website

Senior Connections

Members provide a range of services and social support to seniors, to reduce the rate of hospitalization among Medicare beneficiaries at a variety of service sites. Members are responsible for providing food, services, transportation and social support to 6,000 older adults in the seven-county Green River Area. Members will leverage 800 community volunteers to assist efforts to train with members to prepare for and recover from disasters that may affect the region.

Sponsor: Green River Area Development District (Owensboro)
Program Director: David Clark, (270) 926-4433
Program Assistant: Carolynn Kelley, (270) 926-4433
Senior Connections website

Teach For America–Appalachia

Members serve as teachers in low-income rural schools across the central Appalachian school districts in southeastern Kentucky. Members are responsible for improving the educational outcomes for more than 3,500 students. Members will leverage an additional 140 community volunteers to serve as guest lecturers in classrooms, work one-on-one and with small groups of students for remediation and assist students with college and technical school applications.

Sponsor: Teach For America (Hazard)
Program Director: Josh Sparks, (606) 436-6000
Program Coordinator: Rosie Ballinger
Teach For America-Appalachia website

UNITE Service Corps

Members serve in 54 elementary schools in Eastern Kentucky, using a two-fold approach to provide math tutoring and healthy choices curriculum to address drug prevention education for 4th and 5th grade students.

Sponsor: Operation UNITE (London)
Program Director: Melinda Kincer, (606) 386-9077
Program Co-Director: Marionette Little, (865) 566-2177
UNITE Service Corps website 

Kentucky AmeriCorps Program History

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

For more information

Contact the listed program director or Carie Kizziar, KCCVS Program Officer, at (502) 564-7420 x3842 or (502) 229-8152.

 

Last Updated 9/21/2017