FRYSC CORPS is an AmeriCorps program partnering with the Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers to help students who struggle to read well and support FRYSCs.
The federal AmeriCorps agency funds FRYSC Corps through a grant through Serve Kentucky that provides a living allowance, health benefits and training for individuals to act as reading tutors at host FRYSCs throughout districts in targeted Kentucky counties. This grant also allows school districts to engage high school students in service to families, schools and communities.
FRYSC Corps members are AmeriCorps members who commit to a term of service that may last up to two years. They serve under the supervision of FRYSC coordinators in cooperation with principals and teachers. Full-time members provide individual and small-group reading tutoring for students identified as at risk for academic failure. Members support school reading efforts to give struggling students the tools necessary to achieve success while in school and beyond. Minimum-time members are high school students who address food insecurity in their communities while gaining valuable work experience as they support FRYSC programs.
FRYSC Corps members are in a unique position to contribute service to FRYSC core components because they are in centers and work directly with students.
FRYSC Corps Mission Statement
FRYSC Corps is an AmeriCorps project whose members are committed to serving Kentucky children in partnership with caring families, supportive schools and resource centers, active communities and dedicated volunteers to provide literacy-rich opportunities to help K-12 students improve their reading skills and life-long opportunities.
- More than 50 AmeriCorps members serve full- and part-time in FRYSCs during the school year.
- Trained reading tutors may work with K-12 students.
- Members tutor 15-25 students for more than 13 hours each during the service term.
- Youth members address food insecurity in their communities. They organize food drives, manage food pantries and volunteer with community food banks.
- Members directly support FRYSC core components to eliminate non-academic barriers to learning.
- Members earn up to $16,502 living allowance paid through the FRYSC Corps grant and a $6,495 education award after successfully completing service requirements.
- High school student members earn a partial education award for college or vocational education.
- Members may qualify for AmeriCorps-sponsored health insurance and childcare assistance.
- Host sites provide matching funds (cash or in-kind) for FRYSC Corps literacy service.
- Partner site applications are available March 1 and are due April 1.
- The program begins on Sept. 1.