Latest News – July 13

Achievers Casting Call to Help Youth in Saguache Today

Alpine Achievers Initiative is looking for AmeriCorps members to serve youth in the San Luis Valley during the 2016-2017 school year. According to their website, The Alpine Achievers Initiative (AAI) AmeriCorps Program is designed to promote the academic, physical and social well-being of the youth in the San Luis Valley.

Alpine Achievers with Americorps members come from all walks of life and from all over the country.

Alpine Achievers with Americorps members come from all walks of life and from all over the country.

Schools in the San Luis Valley work hard to do their best with minimal funding in one of the most rural areas of the country. Many students come from low-income families and school is their main resource. But time, money, personnel and energy at Saguache schools can often run thin and students wind up without all the support they need.

Having AAI AmeriCorps members in these schools brings in extra adults to serve students, provide healthy role modeling, offer learning opportunities and inspire students. The presence of AAI AmeriCorps members in these school communities takes some of the burden off of school staff, helps struggling students get up to grade level, enhances activities that the schools can offer, reduces behavioral issues and, ultimately, enhances student success.

Alpine Achievers Initiative currently has 12 AmeriCorps members serving in three rural schools in the Northern San Luis Valley: Mountain Valley School in Saguache, Moffat School and Crestone Charter School. If you are an administrator of an SLV school and would like Alpine Achievers Initiative to provide AmeriCorps Members to serve in your school, please contact Megan Strauss at (719) 221-9480 to learn more and acquire an application packet.

Alpine Achievers with Americorps help the youth of Saguache who enjoy a nice summer day in the park. Photo: Saguache Today.

Alpine Achievers with Americorps help the youth of Saguache who enjoy a nice summer day in the park last year. Photo: Saguache Today.

The two primary objectives of this program are to provide 1) math and literacy interventions to students performing below proficiency in school and 2) intentional out-of-school programming to youth after school, on Fridays and throughout the summer. AmeriCorps members will be placed at Crestone Charter School, Moffat School, Del Norte School or Mountain Valley School, each which are small k-12 schools located in rural communities throughout the San Luis Valley.

It’s the perfect opportunity for recent college graduates, individuals in transition or students taking a gap year!

CONTACT

Alpine Achievers Initiative
Megan Strauss, Director
PO Box 399, Saguache, CO 81149
(719) 221-9480
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