NC Campus Compact Announces AmeriCorps Grant to Engage 170 Students as Mentors

August 17, 2011

RALEIGH— North Carolina Campus Compact, a coalition of 46 UNC schools, and community and independent colleges, committed to engagement with the community, is pleased to announce a partnership with Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), the leading dropout prevention organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life.  Through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, 170 North Carolina college students will serve as AmeriCorps members in ADVANCE, AmeriCorps Dedicated to VA and NC Children Excelling.

“College students on our member campuses are eager to mentor youth,” shared Lisa Keyne, Executive Director of NC Campus Compact. “We are pleased that the CNCS has funded this partnership, and are eager to work with CISNC to connect college students with at-risk children in healthy, positive relationships.”

AmeriCorps members will serve as mentors for at-risk K-12 youth for up to 10 hours per week in various sites in North Carolina and Virginia.  CISNC and the VA Mentoring Partnership will partner to identify sites and provide training.

One hundred seventy AmeriCorps members will serve as mentors for up to three at-risk K-12 students.  Serving between five and ten hours per week, members will provide guidance and support in goal-setting, conflict resolution, self esteem, and leadership development, and will work with mentees to complete at least two community improvement projects.  Some volunteers at high schools may engage in CIS’ recently-developed Charting for Success (CFS) Curriculum that assists students in planning and preparing for post-secondary careers and education.

“AmeriCorps is an essential part of the solution to many of the social challenges facing our communities,” said Linda Harrill,
President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina.  “We’re thrilled that NC Campus Compact recognizes the value in mentoring and has established the opportunity for AmeriCorps members to dedicate their time to our youth.”