Funding will support AmeriCorps members to bring sports-based youth development education to underserved communities. Up2Us Sports has received $1.8 million in AmeriCorps grants, one National and four state, from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support hundreds of AmeriCorps members. Through Up2Us Sports’ Coach Across America program, AmeriCorps members will be trained to coach and mentor low income youth to make good decisions and stay healthy, through the power of sports. The grants will support AmeriCorps members nationally with added support in Illinois, Louisiana, California and Pennsylvania.
“AmeriCorps is an indispensable resource to help meet critical challenges facing our communities and nation,” said Paul Caccamo, founder and CEO of Up2Us Sports. "We're thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the value that their members serving with Up2Us Sports can and will offer to communities across the country.”
“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps. “As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. We congratulate Up2Us Sports for their strong application, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their service.”
In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available over $900,000 in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or pay back student loans. After completing 1,700 hours of service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award of $5,775.
AmeriCorps operates as a public-private partnership that leverages significant amounts of outside resources to stretch the federal dollar and increase community impact. This grant will generate an additional $2.5 million in national and local matching support and other outside resources from businesses, foundations, and other organizations. AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faithbased, and community organizations at more than 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
Since 1994, 980,000 AmeriCorps members have given more than 1.3 billion hours of service to their country, earning more than $3 billion in education scholarships. Later this year, the one millionth AmeriCorps member will take the AmeriCorps pledge, committing to "get things done" for America.