Yeshiva Kehilath Yaakov, a Brooklyn based Yeshiva has received a $277,093 three-year grant from AmeriCorps for its mentoring program for at-risk youth.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today welcomed the announcement that Yeshiva Kehilath Yaakov has received a $277,093 grant under the AmeriCorps State Competitive Award Program from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant will primarily be used to recruit members of Head Start to serve as mentors and role models for at-risk youth.
“This is great news for Yeshiva Kehilath Yaakov and its AmeriCorps members,” said Senator Clinton. “Leading by example is an important component in healthy communities and this grant promotes positive reinforcement for at-risk youth through expanded mentoring programs”
Yeshiva Kehilath Yaakov recruits AmeriCorps members involved in Head Start programs, and elementary, middle and high schools to serve as mentors and role models for at-risk youth to promote positive behaviors for self esteem, and to engage youth in volunteer activities.
For the AmeriCorps State Competitive Grant Program, the Corporation conducts a national competition for applications recommended by Governor-appointed State Service Commissions. Sponsoring organizations are required to match a portion of the grant amount. This is the first year of a 3-year grant cycle and approval for the subsequent years of funding is contingent on meeting specific criteria.
AmeriCorps is a program that works to mentor youth, build affordable housing, help communities respond to disasters and support other community volunteer activities. AmeriCorps members serve hundreds of nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and community and faith-based organizations around the country. In exchange for their services, AmeriCorps volunteers earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award which pays up to $4,725 for college or to pay off qualified student loans.
Senator Clinton has worked tirelessly in support of public service. She has fought to preserve funding for AmeriCorps. Senator Clinton, along with Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), led the successful effort to rename the AmeriCorps education award the “Segal AmeriCorps Education Award,” in honor of AmeriCorps founder, Eli Segal, who served as the first director of the Corporation for National Service. She has also introduced legislation to create a United States Public Service Academy to build a corps of civic leaders.