Through Up2Us Sports’ national coaching program, 350 AmeriCorps members will be trained to coach and mentor low-income youth to make better decisions, stay healthy, and reach their potential, through the power of sports. The $2.5 million in grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will support AmeriCorps members nationally with added support in California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. 34% of the service positions awarded have been earmarked specifically for veterans, through Up2Us Sports’ Operation Coach initiative.
“AmeriCorps is an indispensable resource to help meet critical challenges facing our communities and nation,” said Paul Caccamo, founder and CEO of Up2Us Sports. “We’re thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the value that their members serving with Up2Us Sports can and will offer to communities across the country.”
CNCS will also provide over $1 million in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or pay back student loans. After completing 1,700 hours of service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award of $5,815.
AmeriCorps operates as a public private partnership that leverages significant amounts of outside resources to stretch the federal dollar and increase community impact. This grant will generate an additional $2.4 million in national and local matching support and other outside resources from businesses, foundations, and other organization
Beginning this fall, AmeriCorps members serving through Up2Us Sports will join the more than 80,000 AmeriCorps members serving across the country in 21,600 locations. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing more than 1.4 billion hours of service and have earned more than $3.3 billion in education scholarships to pay for college or pay back student loans, more than $1 billion of which has been used to pay back student loan debt.
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AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads volunteer initiatives for the nation. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.