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CASE AmeriCorps Recruits Members for 2012-2013 in After-School Programs in Harris County

Join the team: AmeriCorps members recruited for 2012-2013 Cooperative for After-School Enrichment programs in Harris County schools

The Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) is recruiting for full- and quarter-time AmeriCorps members for the 2012-2013 school year. Members work in CASE after-school programs with youth in elementary through middle school and engage in community service projects.

All AmeriCorps members receive a modest monthly stipend. Full-time members are eligible to receive a tuition credit of $5,550 to pay for college, graduate school or to repay qualified student loans. Summer members have the opportunity to earn $1,468.

The ideology behind AmeriCorps was born in 1964 with President Lyndon B. Johnson. As the federal program has evolved, it remains known as a network of national services programs that engage Americans in intensive service to meet the nation’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment.

To qualify for CASE AmeriCorps, applicants must be 17, high school graduates or GED recipients. Preference is given to candidates holding associate or bachelor degrees or to those enrolled in their final year of college. Traits for applicants include a wish to work with youth, commitment to community service, a strong work ethic and aspiration to work with diverse communities.

Members work for 11 months between September and July for at least 40 hours a week. Summer positions require 10-week commitments during May, June and July.

“CASE AmeriCorps members provide assistance and training with Kids’ Days which are educational projects that connect after-school programs to real-world experiences,” said CASE Director Lisa Caruthers. “Events give students opportunities to network with math, science and technology professionals.

“CASE AmeriCorps is a great opportunity for young adults who are gaining experience and building their resumes post-college.”

CASE, a division of Harris County Department of Education, provides after-school programs and program development assistance and support to over 70 after-school sites in Harris County for about 12,000 students in elementary through high school in greater Harris County. The CASE mission is to strengthen, support and sustain after school for all children.

Apply online for positions at www.americorps.gov by searching for “CASE AmeriCorps Kids’ Day Project”.

For information, e-mail caseamericorps@hcde-texas.org or call (713) 696-1331.

CASE AmeriCorps members celebrate their end-of-year service (2011-2012) at Harris County Department of Education on July 20. Members have dedicated hundreds of hours to improve the lives of residents of Harris County, including service within after-school programs and special service projects for community improvement.

About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public.

Visit us at www.hcde-texas.org.

Contact:
Carol E. Vaughn,
Communications/Media Relations Manager
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston TX 77022
713-696-0756 office,
281-660-9205 cell,
281-744-4303 Blackberry
www.hcde-texas.org

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