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 2020-2021, Volunteer Mississippi is managing 8 operating programs and 3 planning grants that engage over 400 AmeriCorps members in meeting the needs of their communities.

AmeriCorps Mississippi 2020-2021 Programs


    The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) proposes to have 80 Three-Quarter time AmeriCorps members who will serve as reading tutors for K-3rd grade students with reading levels between the 25th and 45th percentile in approximately 20 elementary schools across Mississippi. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for 70% of tutored students completing the dosage of an average of two hours per week of tutoring improving greater than what would be expected for one year as evidenced by student scores on the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills 8th Edition (DIBELS) assessment.

  • Meridian Public School District AmeriCorps

    The Meridian Public School District proposes to have 22 full time AmeriCorps members provide supplemental tutorial support for reading to approximately 376, 2nd and 3rd grade students whose reading performance is one to two levels below proficiency standards for their current grade; they are at risk of not passing 3rd grade due to their scale scores on STAR reading being below the benchmark score predicting proficiency. These members will serve in grades 2 and 3 in all eight schools serving elementary students. At the end of the second program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for 80% (184) of the approximately 230, identified 3rd grade students predicted to be below grade level in reading achievement showing a 15% gain as identified by STAR Diagnostic pre and post-test assessments. In addition, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for 80% (192) of the 240 identified second grade students predicted be below grade level in reading achievement to show a minimum 15% gain as indicated by STAR Diagnostic pre and post assessments.


    The University of Mississippi (UM), in collaboration with Mississippi University for Women (MUW), the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), and a nonprofit in the Jackson Metro area, will engage 120 college students as minimum time EAP members (25.4 MSYs) who will enhance services provided by schools and Headstarts in the communities surrounding UM, MUW, USM, and the Jackson Metro area. 90 College Corps (CC) members serving at partner sites of all four locations will continue to deliver the Jumpstart for Young Children curriculum to 180 pre-k children, and 30 members in the UM region will tutor 25 students in grades 1-4.


    The Grenada School District AmeriCorps Program proposes to have 29 full-time AmeriCorps members who will tutor at least 1,015 academically low-performing K-8 students, approximately 35 students per tutor, in reading and/or math with tutoring interventions of at least 25 minutes per session (due to class time restrictions) with a minimum of 20 sessions for each student in Grenada Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for at least 80% (812 students) of the 1,015 K-8 students receiving AmeriCorps tutoring attaining a 15% gain in achievement in math and/or reading as measured by pre and post test scores on the AIMSweb benchmark assessment instrument.

  • City of Laurel | Laurel Plays

    The City of Laurel proposes to have 22 (8 three quarter-time/4 reduced half-time/10 minimum time) AmeriCorps members who will provide community-based, neighborhood recreation programs at four community centers and four ball fields, and of those 22, 12 will provide environmental treatment in public spaces within the city. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for facilitating 1) a basketball program for 75 youth, 2) community baseball/softball for 40 youth, 3)and track programs for 75 youth 4) a cheer and dance program for 30 youth 5) teach swim lessons and pool programming for 50 youth and 6) treat 60 acres.


    The Institute for Disability Studies proposes to have 31 AmeriCorps members (4 full-time, 9 half-time and 18 minimum-time) who will provide health education training through the Health Matters curriculum to school districts in Forrest, Lamar, Harrison and Hancock counties. At the end of the first year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing health education to 300 middle school and high school students with disabilities with an anticipated 75% (225) increasing their healthy behaviors.


    Scientific Research (SR1) proposes to implement the Community Oriented Opportunities for Learning (COOL) Education Project to have 50 AmeriCorps members (10 FT, 30 HT, 10 MT) who will provide 1:1 tutoring to K-12 students in Hinds, Madison, and Scott counties to increase college readiness and STEM skills. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for 70% of the economically disadvantaged students who complete the program having improved academic performance by 3 points in math and/or literacy and school engagement.

  • Operation: UPWARD

    Operation: UPWARD AmeriCorps proposes to have 10 full-time, 15 half-time, 20 quarter time AmeriCorps members who will educate at-risk low-income citizens about drug prevention and abuse, and provide resources and support services for economic stability in various programs at Operation: Upward (Faith in Hope, Dream Kidz, Upward Job Corp Program and Upward Food Pantry).

  • Mississippi Delta Academies

    The Mississippi Delta Academies organization proposes to develop an AmeriCorps program serving in the City of Greenwood, Leflore County, MS, that will focus on the CNCS focus area of education.

  • Reading & Math, Inc.

    Reading & Math, Inc. proposes to develop an AmeriCorps program serving in Mississippi that will focus on the CNCS focus area of Education.


    MPIC will work to create an AmeriCorps Program aimed at reducing recidivism rates among reentry citizens by providing comprehensive pre/post-release services to assist offenders prepare for excellence through adult basic education, soft skills training, on-the-job training, employment connections, support services, and peer support.