The UECC AmeriCorps program has made significant strides in the Eastside community, thanks to the ongoing collaboration of our prestigious partners. The UECC partnership believes that raising academic achievement levels is the first step to breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
University of California, Riverside (UCR)
Besides providing monetary and in-kind support to the UECC, UC Riverside provides office space and staff to maintain the day-to-day responsibilities of the program. UCR’s Chancellor serves on the UECC advisory board, and UECC AmeriCorps Mentors are currently enrolled in the University.
City of Riverside
For years, the City of Riverside has actively supported economic and workforce development efforts to stimulate declining areas. The city has also promoted youth programs that seek to make Riverside a youth-friendly place to live. By supporting programs such as the UECC, Riverside became one of America’s 100 Best Communities for Young People (2008). The city continues to be a major partner for the UECC, providing funding to train and supervise UECC AmeriCorps Mentors at Eastside community centers as well as in-kind support. Mentors also work with city officials to plan more than 15 community service projects each year. Riverside’s Mayor is a member of the UECC advisory board.
Riverside Unified School District (RUSD)
Riverside Unified School District has partnered with the UECC program since its inception. In addition to the cash support provided by RUSD, school principals and teachers oversee UECC at each of the eight Eastside area schools. School site supervisors are responsible for selecting students who can benefit most from academic assistance and pairing them with UECC AmeriCorps Mentors. Site supervisors provide training to ensure mentors are adequately prepared to meet the student’s academic needs. The RUSD Superintendent serves on the advisory board.
A federally funded program governed by The Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps operates at the state and national levels. AmeriCorps provides grants to nonprofit, faith-based and government organizations, US territories and educational institutions to support state and local programs that promote community service. As with the UECC, grant recipients are in charge of managing the program, as well as recruiting and training their own AmeriCorps members. Recipients are responsible for finding funds and other resources to match the federal funds provided through the grant.
CaliforniaVolunteers is the state office that oversees programs, like AmeriCorps State, as well as an extensive database of California volunteer opportunities. The offices primary goal is to get more Californians to serve in their communities.
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