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 2018-2019, Volunteer Mississippi is managing 11 programs that are engaging 549 AmeriCorps members in meeting the needs of their communities.

Americorps Mississippi 2017 Programs


    84 AmeriCorps “Tutors With A Mission” will offer one-on-one and small-group tutoring to 1,404 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.


    Collaborating with community partners and school teams, 10 FoodCorps AmeriCorps members serve in high-need schools, providing an intervention designed to transform children’s attitudes toward healthy eating and improve school food environments. Members increase children's understanding of healthy food, increase their excitement to try new foods that are good for them, enable new healthy eating habits and increase opportunities to eat healthy food on a daily basis at school. FoodCorps is creating a future in which every school is a healthy school, and every child is well-nourished and ready to learn.


    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.


    CLIMB CDC engages 62 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.


    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 city/public land.


    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.


    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

  • My Brother's Keeper

    AmeriCorps members will influence over 1,000 students by serving as outreach workers and facilitators through the Youth Media Development (YMD) Media Literacy campaign. This is an intervention focused on educating youth in the Jackson Metropolitan Area on opioid abuse prevention.

  • 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.