AmeriCorps at Springfield College:
“Getting Things Done”
The mission of Springfield College is to educate students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Through service in Springfield College’s Student Success Corps and School Turnaround Initiative AmeriCorps programs, students and community members live and share this mission, engaging in service that meets the critical educational and social-emotional needs of Springfield youth.
Eighty-two AmeriCorps members are recruited to serve as Literacy Tutors, Academic Coaches, School Counselors, and Academic Support Specialists in high-need Springfield Public Schools and private and public pre-K classrooms. Members serve children in grades pre-K through 12, where they implement targeted interventions based on risk factors related to dropping out of high school, including poor early literacy skills, low attendance, behavioral/disciplinary issues, and course failure in English and math.
Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for half-time (900 hours) or quarter-time (450 hours) positions and are placed based on their academic program, prior experiences, and skills. Non–Springfield College students can apply to complete a full-time term of service (1,700 hours) as an Academic Support Specialist. Members receive extensive training and support from the AmeriCorps staff and from experts in education, counseling, and literacy, resulting in an enriched educational experience and a lifelong commitment to community engagement. Service positions include:
- Academic Coach (900 hours)
- Academic Coach: Leaders in Academics, Community Engagement, and Service (900 hours)
- Academic Support Specialist (1,700 hours)
- School Counselor (900 hours, open only to graduate students in School Counseling, Social Work, or other counseling-based programs)
- School Volunteer Coordinator (900 hours)
- Literacy Tutor (450 or 900 hours)
The Springfield College AmeriCorps Program:
|Josh Schupack, AmeriCorps member|
"The Springfield College AmeriCorps program creates a true representation of leadership in service. As a member of this Corps, I have learned real community action skills to move forward with future service that I intend on doing. This program has helped me deepen my understanding of service and has re-lit a fire in me to continue to want to be involved with at-risk youth."
- Download the AmeriCorps Brochure
- AmeriCorps Application Booklet
- AmeriCorps Returning Member Application
Springfield College Receives $1.6 Million AmeriCorps Grant
- The grant will support 85 students per year who become AmeriCorps members. Read more about the $1.6 Million AmeriCorps Grant.