Since 1994, YouthBuild USA has served as a national intermediary for AmeriCorps funds and education awards, bringing additional resources to local programs. Participating in the highly visible AmeriCorps program facilitates the transformation of YouthBuild students’ identity. Being known as YouthBuild AmeriCorps members, identifying with national service and community service, and obtaining valuable education awards for postsecondary education put the students into the mainstream of respected American society. In 2013, YouthBuild USA received from the Corporation for National and Community Service a $8.5 million national direct grant, most of which was re-granted to local programs. Seventy-three YouthBuild programs in 27 states engage nearly 3,000 low-income young people each year to serve as YouthBuild AmeriCorps members in America’s poorest communities, building affordable homes for low-income people.
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The YouthBuild AmeriCorps team at YouthBuild USA created the following mission statement to guide our work:
YouthBuild AmeriCorps strives to empower young people to step forward, lead and transform their communities through national service. We do this by providing funding, education and guidance in an effort to increase capacity of YouthBuild AmeriCorps programs. In this we have a commitment to quality, responsible use of resources and fostering collaboration.
To achieve this mission, we have set forth three strategic goals. Our strategic goals are:
- To maximize the value that the AmeriCorps initiative adds to the YouthBuild network/movement, which includes increasing the capacity of YouthBuild programs.
- To strengthen service at the sites and implementation of the grant so that participants engaged in YouthBuild AmeriCorps programs consistently find satisfaction, meaning and opportunity.
- To increase the impact of national service on community needs in communities served by YouthBuild AmeriCorps programs.
We have identified several objectives that fall under each strategic goal:
|To maximize the value that the AmeriCorps initiative adds to the YouthBuild network, which includes increase the capacity of YouthBuild programs.||To strengthen service at the sites and implementation of the grant so that participants engaged in YouthBuild AmeriCorps programs consistently find satisfaction, meaning, and opportunity.||To increase the impact of national service on community needs in communities served by YouthBuild AmeriCorps programs.|
|Expand the number of YouthBuild AmeriCorps subgrantees||Increase education award attainment so that every program achieves at least 50% education award attainment||Tell compelling stories of impact|
|Achieve program stability as it relates to grant implementation and grant performance||Centralize service as a key component at every program||Measure impact through the use of data|
|Improve fiscal accountability as it relates to expending the grant and timeliness of reporting||Improve the educational environment to help more young people achieve the GED/HSD|
Since its inception in 1994, more than 820,000 men and women have taken the AmeriCorps pledge, serving more than 1 billion hours and improving the lives of countless Americans.
AmeriCorps is a smart and cost-effective investment in the young people and communities of this country. AmeriCorps' impact on communities and those who serve are visible daily.
With a strong network of programs, a clear focus on impact, momentum from a new Presidential Task Force, and the energy and ingenuity of Americans eager to serve, AmeriCorps is poised for even greater impact in its next 20 years (click here to view the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary video from CNCS).
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