Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

Contact Information

MB 502 M/C 551
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 - 4305
(312) 355-4227
FY 2017 AmeriCorps State and Territory Commission

Executive Summary

The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois- UIC AmeriCorps Project MORE proposes to have 21 (13 full-time & 8 min-time) AmeriCorps members who will support financial literacy and job skills services for economically disadvantaged Head Start parents. Members will provide financial literacy workshops and employment readiness trainings that will foster lifelong learning skills and encourage economic self-sufficiency. Members will support GED and ESL classes and engage in capacity building by providing volunteer management workshops for Head Start and community organizations. Services will take place at UIC FAmily STart Learning & Support (FAST) locations and on-site at Head Start centers At the end of the 1st program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for reaching 1300 parents under economic opportunity PMs; 80% of the parents will increase financial, education and employment readiness skills; 70% of parents will achieve adult basic education and language skills. In addition, the AmeriCorps Project MORE members will leverage an additional 100 community volunteers that will be engaged in supporting economic opportunity services. 30 Head Start Sites and community organization will be trained in volunteer management. This program will concentrate on the CNCS focus area of economic opportunity. The CNCS investment of $151,474 will be matched with $151,474; $72,064 in public funding and $79,410 in private funding.

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