What a child eats is a building block for healthy development and lifelong well-being. FoodCorps believes in a future where every child—regardless of race, place, or class—gets the nourishment they need to thrive. Together with communities, FoodCorps AmeriCorps members serve to connect kids to healthy food in school by implementing activities across three areas of service: hands-on learning, healthy school meals, and school-wide culture of health.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. We provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children. Since 1993, we’ve trained more than 50,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of over 123,000 preschool children nationwide.
In Connecticut, the problem of educational inequity is pervasive. Of the approximately 550,000 students attending Connecticut’s public schools, one-third live in low-income households and are overwhelmingly students of color. We are building individual and collective leadership in partnership with students, families and communities so that, one day all students will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
The Great Oaks Foundation envisions an America where every child has the support of a tutor to enable them to realize their full human potential. In partnership with Achievement First, Great Oaks Connecticut deploys AmeriCorps Fellows in public charter schools located in New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport. Great Oaks AmeriCorps Fellows are trained and supported to provide students with high dosage tutoring and mentoring throughout the school year, and to contribute to the vitality of the local communities where they serve.
ConnectiCorps is an AmeriCorps program that creatively bridges the growing gap between the demand for critical services and the ability of Connecticut’s nonprofits to respond. Since COVID-19 has hit our state, these gaps are most apparent in the areas of food insecurity, antipoverty services and housing –the areas ConnectiCorps seeks to address. ConnectiCorps members support nonprofits to safely recruit, retain and utilize volunteers in ways that will help make positive, lasting change through COVID-19 relief, recovery and beyond.