AmeriCorps Mississippi

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 2019-2020, Volunteer Mississippi is managing 9 programs that are engaging 408 AmeriCorps members in meeting the needs of their communities.

AmeriCorps Mississippi 2018-2019 Programs


    73 AmeriCorps “Tutors With A Mission” will offer one-on-one and small-group tutoring to 1,247 k-3 students in approximately 26 elementary schools in Mississippi, resulting in 70% of the students completing the program demonstrating improved academic performance in literacy and/or math.

  • Meridian Public School District AmeriCorps

    The Meridian Public School District engages 20 full time AmeriCorps members who will tutor reading to approximately 470 2nd and 3rd grade students whose reading performance is one to two grade levels below their current grade in six Meridian public schools. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for 80% (376) of the approximately 470 students showing a 15% gain in reading achievement.


    120 college students serving as AmeriCorps members will serve students in grades one through four by implementing the Scholastic Brainstorm (SB) curriculum, as well as economically disadvantaged 4-year old children by implementing the Jumpstart for Young Children (JFYC) curriculum in Oxford, Columbus, Okolona, Water Valley, Hattiesburg, and communities surrounding these cities. As a result of these interventions, 128 children participating in JFYC will demonstrate gains of one-half developmental level or more (on 5 point scale) in language and literacy and 16 first through fourth grade students participating in SB (80% of those who complete the curriculum) will increase their reading level by at least 7 months (based on grade level) in literacy skills


    29 AmeriCorps members tutor over 1,000 k-8 low performing students one on one or in small groups resulting in students achieving at least a 15% academic improvement in reading and/or math.

  • City of Laurel | Laurel Plays

    LAUREL PLAYS AmeriCorps members will provide sports programming to Laurel's youth and treat 130 acres of city/public land.


    Training, Resources and Information for the Advancement of Disability (TRIAD) Service AmeriCorps program is based out of the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. TRIAD focuses on providing support for economically disadvantaged youth with disabilities through health education. 31 AmeriCorps members, with and without disabilities, serve through TRIAD. These members provide health education and physical activity opportunities for children and youth with disabilities in at least one school district in Forrest, Hancock, Harrison and Lamar counties. Students served demonstrate adoption of health behaviors and increased physical activity.


    50 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

  • Perry County Grow Your Own Teachers

    The Perry County School District proposes to have a total of 20 AmeriCorps Members who will provide services related to tutoring, mentoring and providing instructional support to students in the Perry County School District. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps Members will be responsible for increasing student achievement in ELA, Math, History and Science by 20%, and increasing teacher retention by 10%.

  • Operation: UPWARD

    AmeriCorps members will educate at-risk, low-income citizens about drug abuse prevention and provide resources and support services for economic stability in various current programs at Operation: UPWARD. At the end of the first program year, members will be responsible for 80% of the low-income citizens participating in education and preventive activities for prescription drug and opioid abuse demonstrating a change in social behavior and increased knowledge. Further, 85% of the clients will utilize the economic opportunity component to develop skills to enable them to find employment.