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Service-Learning Program Receives $50,000 grant

The Service-Learning Program received a $50,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps) to provide students with community-based work experiences that will help them become “career and community ready.”

With this federal Americorps grant, the Service-Learning Program will place 15 students in community organizations and schools that focus on literacy and community capacity building.  Most students will work as literacy tutors at Title One schools (schools with a high percentage of free or reduced-priced lunches) in the Boise Independent School District. Other students will work with nonprofit organizations to build their capacity to work with more Boise State students through service-learning.

Students serving as Americorps members will gain valuable workplace skills and expand their perspectives about community involvement, while making a positive community impact. In addition, the Service-Learning Program will provide training to foster professional development and civic learning.

Ultimately, this grant aims to improve elementary students reading test scores and add new volunteers to increase the capacity of organizations that serve our community, in addition to inspiring students to be active citizens.

These new opportunities for students contribute to Boise State’s goal of providing meaningful opportunities for students to go beyond their majors.