Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach Program Accepting Applications for Host Sites


June 26, 2024, 2:32 pm | Sydney Peterson, Teri Mash

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program has opened the host site application for the 2024-25 program year. Government, faith-based, nonprofit or community-based organizations that focus on youth programming are encouraged to apply. The deadline for giving priority to applicants has been extended to Aug. 1.

The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program is a unique partnership between AmeriCorps and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development, said Teri Mash, AmeriCorps 4-H program director.

AmeriCorps 4-H members with the Refugee and Immigrant Youth Organization in Waterloo, Iowa.“The program places AmeriCorps service members in host organizations across the state. AmeriCorps service members build capacity, helping their host organization bring new youth curricula to their community or deliver current programming to new youth audiences,” Mash said.

Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach members spearhead community and organizational efforts to provide youth with positive development experiences through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences. The members’ work plan can focus on project leadership and organization, volunteer development, building local capacity and direct service.

These members lead efforts to recruit and mobilize volunteers for various educational activities and programs, coordinate community youth leadership initiatives, develop new partnerships between private organizations and youth-serving programs, and design and develop service-learning projects. Members provide programmatic leadership and direct service, allowing youth to develop valuable life skills and discover their passion.

In exchange for their service, the AmeriCorps members develop skills that build strong resumes, earn a monthly living allowance, and receive a post-service education award to finance higher education or pay toward qualified student loans. Members serving a full-time term can apply for insurance and childcare subsidies.

Host sites accepted into the Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program are expected to invest in the partnership by providing a non-federal cash match. The contribution covers a portion of the total grant cost and the cost of the member serving at a site.

“The match for a full-time member serving 1,700 hours is $7,800, which is a great value as the total cost to support each member is over $40,000,” said Mash.

The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program is a $1.5 million grant funded through AmeriCorps, Volunteer Iowa, ISU Extension and Outreach and private matching funds.

For more information on the Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program, please contact Teri Mash, AmeriCorps 4-H program director, at terimash@iastate.edu or 515-943-9063, or visit the website at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/americorps. An informational guide on becoming a host site is available online.

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges, through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Senior volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.

About Volunteer Iowa

Volunteer Iowa is the state agency responsible for distribution of funds, grant funding, technical assistance, training, support and oversight of Iowa’s AmeriCorps programs. Additional information on Volunteer Iowa or Iowa’s AmeriCorps programs can be found at www.volunteeriowa.org or by calling 800-308-5987.

Shareable photo: AmeriCorps 4-H Members with the Refugee and Immigrant Youth Organization in Waterloo work with youth to describe what community means to them. The youth participants all wrote poems and drew what they felt community looked like. Their projects were hung in a Waterloo local business for the public to view.

RIYO is a refugee and immigrant youth-led serving organization. RIYO provides culturally and linguistically appropriate programming led by and for youth from diverse immigrant backgrounds. They help youth embark on a journey of connection, growth and empowerment – on the path to a brighter future, where every young person can thrive and make a positive impact on the world. RIYO was founded by refugees with the mission to expand the world of possibilities for refugee and immigrant youth in Waterloo.

 

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