Could a national service member support your organization’s impact? Above: Erika McIntyre, Education to Career Navigator at Douglas County Partners for Student Success, revitalizes a garden shed for UCAmeriCorps 2016 Make A Difference Day Service Event.
Our Impact & Members Current Partners Host Site Stories Project Eligibility Application Information Contact Us
Our Impact 10,232 2,788
Youth connected with Education programs People supported by Health Care programs,
Job Skills training, and Fitness & Nutrition activities
Community Volunteers engaged in 3,236 service hours
Lives Touched by Our Members * *2015—2016 program year
For 1,700 hours over 11 months, our members serve communities while developing their own skills and furthering their education. Our members come from varying social, cultural and educational backgrounds. Anyone 17 years or older may apply, and many members have college degrees. Service begins on August 30th, 2017 with a three day UCA orientation. At least 85% of all the member’s hours are spent providing direct services at their host site. The remaining hours may be dedicated to training opportunities. Members attend AmeriCorps sponsored trainings and activities, participate in National Service Days, attend quarterly regional meetings, and have the opportunity to participate in optional development activities.
Partners Coos County
● Coos Bay Public Library ● Coos Watershed Association ● South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
● Battered Persons’ Advocacy ● Phoenix Charter School* ● UCAN Healthy Start* ● Umpqua Watershed ● Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon ● Douglas County Partners for Student Success* ● Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley
● Rogue Valley Farm to School
● Southern Oregon Educational Service District* * sites with 2+ members
2016-2017 Make A Difference Day Service Event | Jefferson Elementary School Garden | Medford, OR
Host Site Stories
Three of our current host sites want to share their experiences working with AmeriCorps members. On the following pages you will read about the impact that our members brought to each organization and the communities they serve. All projects must focus on one of programâ€™s performance measures (below). Each story on the following pages focus on a project from a different performance measure. We hope that these stories give you insight to the diverse programs that UCAmeriCorps supports.
EDUCATION Deliver educational programs that support the development of mentoring relationships. These relationships will improve youthsâ€™ school connectedness, a key element in improving educational outcomes. The service population must be youth with a strong emphasis on those who are economically disadvantaged and in need of additional academic and/or socio-emotional supports.
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY Deliver programs that help to strengthen families by improving their economic stability.
HEALTHY FUTURES Deliver programs to increase health/wellness resources. Projects must specifically address hunger and obesity issues by increasing food resources (including additional stocks of fresh produce), providing nutrition education for adults, and designing and offering fitness activities.
Douglas County Partners for Student Success Education Douglas County Partners for Student Success (DCPSS) is the Regional Achievement Collaborative serving youth and families of the Umpqua Valley. The vision of DCPSS is that EACH child in Douglas County will receive effective and meaningful support to achieve economic and social success by graduating high school, completing post-secondary education and/or entering a career. Our work is targeted to ensure each child has supports in and out of school to be successful; leaves high school ready for post-secondary education and/or career; and completes a post-high school degree, career credential or training needed for personal well-being. Current projects promoting the mission of DCPSS include the management of the Umpqua Valley Regional STEAM Hub, Education Matters campaign and Youth Mentoring. Two AmeriCorps members have joined our team of partners this year to help us create a sustainable mentoring model for middle and high-school students across the county. Erika McIntyre and Erik Wood work at a growing number of sites, building essential relationships with students and developing an understanding of the needs students have to effectively prepare for their future. They are currently serving youth at Phoenix School, the Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley, Glide High School and the Lancer Academy at South Umpqua High School through programs such as ASPIRE, Great by Eighth and Upward Bound. They will soon be at Camas Valley. With a focus on academic support aimed at high school completion and building college/ career readiness, Erik and Erika are gaining valuable experience that will be passed on to future youth mentors through volunteer recruitment and training. They will also develop the Douglas County Mentoring Guidebook 1.0 for ongoing use. Gwen Soderberg-Chase Host Site Mentor Director
Coos Bay Public Library Economic Opportunity Our Digital Literacy & Job Skills Trainer and AmeriCorps member at the Coos Bay Public Library, Jennifer Burkhard, has continued the outstanding work started by her predecessor and has expanded on these services to include our local small business community. Jennifer quickly established a partnership with our local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), getting the Director to hold free quarterly workshops at the library. She also arranged for members of our small business community to participate in a panel presentation. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a couple business owners, a city official from Economic Development, and SBDCâ€™s Director. Jennifer also made a fruitful connection with a member of our local Chamber of Commerce. This fills a large void in library partnerships and programming while increasing economic opportunity in Coos Bay. Given the limits of our local economy, members of the community often need alternative means for creating income such as starting a small business. Jenniferâ€™s programming and outreach helps inform the community as to whether starting a small business is their best option, hopefully preventing many businesses from failing due to misinformation. The activities mentioned above have led to our most diverse Job Fairs. Jennifer has arranged one of our best yet with jobs ranging from social networking to bus driving and welding with most everything in between. In addition to assisting job seekers and teaching computer classes already established by the library and our previous AmeriCorps member, Jennifer has created seven new library programs including Introduction to Wix (website building classes for business and personal use), Windows 10 Workshop, Volunteer Fair, Resume Workshop, and the previously mentioned programs. If you would have asked me about Wix six months ago, I would have told you they were for candles. Paul Addis Host Site Mentor Reference Librarian
Rogue Valley Farm to School Healthy Futures Each month, Carly, the Rogue Valley Farm to School AmeriCorps member enters elementary school cafeterias across the Central Point school district, donning an AmeriCorps pin and an RVF2S apron, ready to serve a locally sourced dish she prepared earlier that week to hungry, curious students. This is thanks to the Tasting Table program, made possible because of a partnership between UCAN and RVF2S. The joys of supervising Carly and Tasting Tables are in hearing the moments of kindergarteners tugging at Carly’s apron, beaming with pride and eagerness after learning they loved the beets they just tried; when crowds of kids wait in line to take the recipe home to try with their families; and in viewing videos of spontaneous raps: unsolicited love songs students create about the featured fruit or vegetable. Students sample beet hummus, cabbage coleslaw, radish micro greens, and more, while making their voices heard by casting a vote that they “tried it,” “liked it” or “loved it.” By casting a vote on the recipe, school food services are encouraged to serve these recipes to students. Tasting Tables enlist the help of the schools’ oldest students, granting 5th graders a leadership role in serving samples to their peers. These leaders take ownership of the program leading by example: with connections and trust already gained, younger kids value and look up to their older peers. As supervisor, I play a supportive role, but find pride in knowing that students, with the help of Carly, are running the show. Over 4,926 samples have been served thus far. The program is ingenious, as it works to improve youth’s diet and food perceptions in their formative years. This is particularly important in districts where many of the students qualify for free and reduced assistance. This work would not presently be possible in the Rogue Valley without the support of UCAN, and RVF2S knows that the work being done is shaping the way food is viewed in our cafeterias. Melina Barker Host Site Mentor Director of Member & Family Services
Coos County Curry County
Douglas County Jackson County Josephine County
Organizations: Nonprofit Organizations: 501(c)(3) organizations (community and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply). Schools: Schools, School Districts, Educational Service Districts, Colleges, Universities, Alternative Schools and others. Government Agencies: City, County, Regional, State, Tribal or Federal Agencies.
Cash Match per Member Service Year Project training, ongoing professional development, and mentorship for the member
Project related travel reimbursement for the member Funding for supplies and materials necessary for the project Office space complete with desk, computer, printer, phone, internet, email, and access to a copy machine and fax machine
Developing local member recruitment strategies
Application Details Fast Facts
Members begin service August 30, 2017 and serve until July 31, 2018 Technical assistance deadline is March 31, 2017 Application deadline is April 7, 2017 Approved sites must send their designated AmeriCorps mentors to an orientation on May 5, 2017
How to Apply Download the application and instructions for your organization’s AmeriCorps project by visiting our Google Site: https://sites.google.com/site/ucamericorps/host-sites/applicant-sites
Contact Us Technical assistance is available from UCA on all aspects and stages of the proposal. If you have never been awarded a member from our program, you should contact our office for technical assistance. We are willing to talk through all project concepts with you and even read the application to provide feedback. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about your proposal or the application process. We are eager to help you submit a competitive proposal. Outreach meetings will be scheduled throughout Southern Oregon early in 2017. If you would like to attend, these dates will be posted on our google site as they are scheduled. If you would like to coordinate a one-onone meeting with our staff while we are in your region, please connect with us before hand! Sarah McGregor, Program Director Jordan Jungwirth, Program Coordinator 280 Kenneth Ford Dr. Roseburg, OR 97470 Phone: 541-672-3421 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org