AmeriCorps will help with youth clubs on math, reading

Boys & Girls Club agencies in Missouri are partnering with AmeriCorps to improve math and reading skills, as well as physical fitness, for the clubs’ youth.

The partnership, which operates through the Missouri Community Service Commission and the Missouri Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, will provide 16 part-time members to eight clubs throughout the state of Missouri. Two of those AmeriCorps members will work directly in Jefferson City with the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital City.

AmeriCorps members will focus on three core areas — math, reading and physical fitness.

Stephanie Johnson, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital City, said the core areas are crucial to the development of the area’s youth.

“With goals of increasing the reading and math skill levels of our youth and reducing their body mass index scores, we are confident that AmeriCorps members will help our youth achieve great things during the 2013-14 school year and beyond,” Johnson said. “We’re truly excited about this partnership with AmeriCorps.”

Members will serve at least 950 hours at their club over the course of their service year, which will begin on or after Sept. 2, an average of about 20 hours per week. They will receive a living allowance and be eligible for an Eli Segal Education Award, which can be used to pursue higher education or be applied to outstanding student loans.

To apply, prospective AmeriCorps members should visit the AmeriCorps website and search for the “Missouri Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs AmeriCorps Program” opportunity in Missouri. For more information, contact the club at 634-2582 or email sjohnson@bgcjc.com.

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