$1 million in AmeriCorps grants slated for S.C. organizations

jself@thestate.comJune 17, 2013 

— U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia, announced more than $1 million in AmeriCorps grants for S.C. organizations including Columbia-based City Year.

The grants come from the Corporation for National and Community Service, according to a release from Clyburn's office.

City Year, a Columbia organization providing outreach to at-risk students, will receive $312,000 to pay for 24 AmeriCorps positions. The AmeriCorps members will tutor and mentor third- through ninth-grade students at risk of dropping out in three Columbia and Lexington schools.

The remainder will go to two grants for WINGS for Kids in Charleston.

AmeriCorps is a national service program whose members meet critical needs through nonprofit and faith-based organizations.

“As a former teacher and leader of the Neighborhood Youth Corps, I believe strongly in getting young people involved in community service,” Congressman Clyburn said. “These AmeriCorps programs meet local needs and strengthen our communities while teaching the Corps members valuable leadership skills.”

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