AmeriCorps Youth Launch

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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.

AmeriCorps Youth Launch

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. The AYL program assists students in achieving academic engagement and educational success by 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 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.

What We Do & Where

The mission of AmeriCorps Youth Launch 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.

What We Do

  • After school programming
  • Academic assistance
  • Enrichment activities
  • Mentoring programs
  • Service learning
  • Volunteer recruitment

Where We Serve

AmeriCorps Youth Launch serves six counties in southern Iowa: Decatur, Ringgold, Clarke, Union, Wayne and Lucas. AmeriCorps members serve in school-based and/or community-based host sites, developing and strengthening programs that promote positive youth development.

The following are the AmeriCorps sites where members currently serve.

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Contact AmeriCorps:

Nancy Hoffman,
AYL Program Director

641.784.5476 ph
641.223.0676 mobile
nancyh1@graceland.edu

Klaire Cross
AYL Program Manager
641.784.5495 ph
402.206.4589 mobile
kcc2@graceland.edu

DECATUR

  • Lamoni Community Schools
  • The Alley Youth Center
  • Decatur County Extension

UNION

  • East Union Schools
  • Union County Extension Office

RINGGOLD

  • Diagonal Community Schools
  • Sites For Learning – Diagonal
  • Mount Ayr Community Schools
  • Sites For Learning – Mount Ayr

LUCAS

  • Chariton Community Schools
  • Lucas County Extension Office

CLARKE

  • Clarke Community Schools
  • Clarke County Extension Office

WAYNE

(Currently seeking site applications.)

Membership Benefits

As an AmeriCorps member, you will receive a wealth of benefits. Perhaps the biggest benefit you will experience when you join AmeriCorps is the satisfaction of incorporating service into your life and making a difference in your community and your country.

  • Living Stipend

    As an AmeriCorps Youth Launch member, you will receive a living stipend. Reduced full-time members (1200 hours) receive a living allowance of $9,900, half-time members (900 hours) receive $7,425, reduced half-time members (675 hours) receive $5,569, quarter-time members (450 hours) receive $3,712, and minimum-time members (300 hours) receive $2,475.

  • Educational Assistance

    Each AmeriCorps member who successfully completes a term of service will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. The education award can be used to pay educational expenses at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training or to repay qualified student loans. You have up to seven years after your term of service has ended to claim the award. The award amounts are $4,336.50 for reduced full-time members (1200 hours), $3,097.50 for half-time members (900 hours), $2,360 for reduced half-time members (675 hours), $1,638.98 for quarter-time members (450 hours), and $1,311.11 for minimum-time members (300 hours).

  • Professional/Personal Benefits

    As an AmeriCorps member, you will gain valuable experience that translates directly into job experience in your chosen field. You will learn teamwork, communication, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life. Many find their AmeriCorps year of service provides them with more experience and skills than they would have gotten in a traditional paying job.

    In addition to professional growth, many members find personal growth through the knowledge that they have made a difference in someone else’s life. Lifelong friendships are formed, interpersonal skills are learned and community connections are made.

  • Becoming a Member

    If you would like more information on becoming an AmeriCorps Youth Launch member, contact Program Director Nancy Hoffman at 641.784.5476 or nancyh1@graceland.edu or Program Manager Klaire Cross at 641.784.5495 or kcc2@graceland.edu. The AmeriCorps Youth Launch office is located in Walker Hall. Are you interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member in another location? Visit www.americorps.gov for more information

40 Developmental Assets

Search Institute has identified the following building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible.

Of the 40 Developmental Assets listed below, there are seven primary assets AmeriCorps members focus on with their mentees: Other Adult Relationships, Service to Others, Creative Activities, Achievement Motivation, Responsibility, Planning and Decision Making, and Self-Esteem.

External Assets

  • Support
    • Family Support: Family life provides high levels of love and support.
    • Positive Family Communication: Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.
    • Other Adult Relationships: Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults.
    • Caring Neighborhood: Young person experiences caring neighbors.
    • Caring School Climate: School provides a caring, encouraging environment.
    • Parent Involvement in Schooling: Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.
  • Empowerment
    • Community Values Youth: Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
    • Youth as Resources: Young people are given useful roles in the community.
    • Service to Others: Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.
    • Safety: Young person feels safe at home, school and in the neighborhood.
  • Boundaries & Expectations
    • Family Boundaries: Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person’s whereabouts.
    • School Boundaries: School provides clear rules and consequences.
    • Neighborhood Boundaries: Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
    • Adult Role Models: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
    • Positive Peer Influence: Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior.
    • High Expectations: Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
  • Constructive Use of Time
    • Creative Activities: Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater or other arts.
    • Youth Programs: Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs or organizations at school and/or the community.
    • Religious Community: Young person spends one or more hours per week in activities in a religious institution.
    • Time at Home: Young person is out with friends “with nothing special to do” two or fewer nights per week.

Internal Assets

  • Commitment to Learning
    • Achievement Motivation: Young person is motivated to do well in school.
    • School Engagement: Young person is actively engaged in learning.
    • Homework: Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.
    • Bonding to School: Young person cares about her or his school.
    • Reading for Pleasure: Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
  • Positive Values
    • Caring: Young person places high value on helping other people.
    • Equality and Social Justice: Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
    • Integrity: Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.
    • Honesty: Young person “tells the truth even when it is not easy.”
    • Responsibility: Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
    • Restraint: Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
  • Social Competence
    • Caring: Young person places high value on helping other people.
    • Equality and Social Justice: Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
    • Integrity: Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.
    • Honesty: Young person “tells the truth even when it is not easy.”
    • Responsibility: Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
    • Restraint: Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
  • Positive Identity
    • Personal Power: Young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.”
    • Self-Esteem: Young person reports having a high self-esteem.
    • Sense of Purpose: Young person reports that “my life has a purpose.”
    • Positive View of Personal Future: Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.

AmeriCorps Youth Launch

Graceland University Office
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140
Nancy Hoffman, AYL Program Director
641.784.5476 ph
641.223.0676 mobile
nancyh1@graceland.edu
Klaire Cross
AYL Program Manager

641.784.5495 ph
402.206.4589 mobile
kcc2@graceland.edu
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