AmeriCorps is a national service movement that supports the engagement of Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to address the most critical needs of education, public safety, the environment, homeland security and other human needs in our nation’s communities.
The Graceland University AmeriCorps Youth Launch (AYL) provides positive youth development activities that build a youth-serving network in a six county region in south-central Iowa. This program assists students in achieving educational success and building developmental assets through the involvement and support of community partners. The mission of AYL is to provide opportunities for students to lead successful, rewarding and productive lives. AmeriCorps members build valuable developmental assets, instill civic engagement and help young people find the “sparks” that ignite their passions in life.
AmeriCorps members serve in school-based and/or community-based host sites developing and strengthening programs that promote positive youth development through the 5 Promises; caring adults, safe places to learn and develop, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others. Through partnerships with various community entities and volunteers, members will promote enrichment activities to strengthen and sustain out-of-school programming and to fulfill the goals of the AYL program. Enrichment activities may include career shadowing, drama, drug prevention, nutrition, life skills, personal safety and recreation.
The AmeriCorps Youth Launch office is located in the basement of Graybill in the business suites.