The Rowell City Council has approved seeking a state grant to support AmeriCorps members serving as after-school program aides for under-served city youth during the 2019-20 academic year.
The city, working with the STAR House Foundation and Ed Isakson YMCA, is applying for the AmeriCorps grant from the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism. Roswell is seeking a grant of $81,151 and will match it with $50,562 in city funds.
The program emphasizes helping students read at grade level, according to a staff agenda item report to the council. It also provides homework support and STEM and health and wellness programming.
AmeriCorps members will receive workforce readiness training, and will have opportunities to engage with students’ families, participate in national days of service, and recruit volunteers for STAR House and the YMCA, staff said.