Volunteer Mississippi awards AmeriCorps State grants to organizations throughout the state addressing Mississippi’s greatest needs. AmeriCorps (AC) programs offer individuals a unique opportunity to improve communities through service. State-administered AmeriCorps programs offer skills training, continuing education and other benefits that enable members to better serve local needs while gaining valuable work experience.

AmeriCorps members devote a year of their lives to make a difference; they’re serving in schools and after-school programs as tutors and mentors, providing resources and nutritional education to address food security issues and healthy living lifestyles, cultivating school gardens, completing 20 rehabilitations of affordable homes, and connecting veterans and family members of active military personnel to available resources. Members create lasting change by recruiting local leaders and volunteers, and training them to enact change in their own neighborhoods.

During 2017-2018, Volunteer Mississippi is managing 10 programs that are engaging 535 AmeriCorps members in meeting the needs of their communities.

Americorps Mississippi 2017 Programs


    Eighty-seven (87) AmeriCorps members serve as reading tutors for low-academic performing kindergarten through third grade students in 30 public elementary schools and early education centers across Mississippi. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for helping 60% of tutored students to achieve significant growth in reading skills equal to or greater than would be expected for 1 year as evidenced by student scores on the Renaissance Learning – STAR Reading Assessment.


    Ten (10) AC members increase vulnerable children’s knowledge of, engagement with, and access to healthy food, at three local partner organizations in Mississippi. At the end of the program year, after delivering food and nutrition education, cultivating school gardens, and sourcing and promoting local food for K-12 students in communities of need, beneficiaries will measurably improve their attitudes toward fruits and vegetables, setting them on an enduring path toward maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.


    One hundred twenty-two (122) students, serving as AC members at the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, serve economically disadvantaged children by delivering an enhanced pre-K curriculum, by providing sustained after-school tutoring, and by supporting a summer learning program. Members also provide food and referrals to economically disadvantaged children and families.


    Twenty-nine (29) AC members tutor 1,000 K-8 students in reading and math within the Grenada Elementary and Middle Schools, participate in local and national days of service in the Grenada community, and reinforce tutoring through reading initiatives at the local library.


    CLIMB CDC engages 26 AmeriCorps members, 100% of whom are Opportunity Youth. Members receive job and related skills training in environmental careers and other fields, enabling them to apply these skills to restore 20 acres of parks or public land.


    Eighty (80) AmeriCorps members, mostly college students, provide in- and after-school tutoring for 4th-8th grade students, resulting in improved academic engagement and preparation for moving forward to the 9th grade. Members also recruit community volunteers and engage youth in service projects.

  • City of Laurel | Laurel Plays

    LAUREL PLAYS AmeriCorps members will provide sports programming to Laurel’s youth and treat 130 acres of the I-59 corridor.


    31 AmeriCorps members, with and without disabilities, focus on providing health education and physical activity opportunities to children and youth with disabilities in at least one school district for Forrest, Hancock, Harrison and Lamar counties. Students with disabilities served will demonstrate adoption of health behaviors and increased physical activity.


    59 AmeriCorps members prepare low-income k-12 students for college access and success through a holistic academic and 21st century skills approach. One-on-one tutoring and mentoring provided by AmeriCorps members will result in students demonstrating gain in literacy and/or math on standard pre-/post-tests and promotion to the next grade level.

  • Delta State University/Delta Reads

    50 AmeriCorps members provide one-on-one and small group tutoring to 400 economically disadvantaged students in grades K-6 in Bolivar, Coahoma, Leflore, Sunflower, and Washington counties of the Mississippi Delta. 310 of those students will increase their literacy and/or math skills by one grade level, 290 students will demonstrate improved attitudes towards learning and 300 students will demonstrate improved classroom behavior.