For immediate release
April 21, 2014
Utah AmeriCorps Program Featured in National Publication
WASHINGTON, D.C. – UServeUtah announced today that the Read.Graduate.Succeed (RGS) tutoring program was featured as one of the nation’s most innovative AmeriCorps State programs in the 2014 edition of Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps State and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs in the United States.
The report, produced by America’s Service Commissions and Innovations in Civic Participation, spotlights programs across the nation that address a range of issues from early childhood literacy to public safety.
RGS is highlighted in the publication for childhood literacy and has received special designations for rural impact and Governor and Mayor Initiative collaboration. The publication focuses on ways the RGS program has demonstrated innovative efforts, including senior member training and support model, cross-sector community partnerships, and more.
In the first seven years of operation, RGS has served 37,418 students with 93% showing significant improved academic performance in reading and 75% reading at grade level by the end of the school year. During this same time the program has recruited over 35,000 volunteers who have served over 790,000 hours tutoring children in Utah schools.
“Through their successful partnerships, this AmeriCorps program is building a grassroots network of volunteers for the future and creating the infrastructure necessary to support and sustain long-term community transformation,” LaDawn Stoddard, UServeUtah Executive Director said. “The impact this program has had on childhood literacy truly speaks for itself.”
The 2014 edition of Transforming Communities through Service commemorates the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps and state service commissions, the statewide governor-appointed agencies leading the nation’s service movement and AmeriCorps State programming. It also celebrates the 5th Anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which reauthorized the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs including Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Volunteer Generation Fund, and the Social Innovation Fund.
The publication is available electronically by visiting www.icicp.org.