Corporation for National & Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer discusses education issues with several dozen AmeriCorps members who are serving the after-school community through the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, along with visiting national service members. The town hall meeting April 24 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. is hosted by Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington Blvd., in northeast Houston.
The CNCS is a federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps and other community service initiatives. Spencer travels to Houston to address Houston’s literacy crisis. She will field questions from the national volunteers who work in communities throughout greater Harris County.
HCDE County School Superintendent John E. Sawyer welcomes Spencer as she delivers excerpts from the Bush Foundation’s report: “Houston’s Literacy Crisis: A Blueprint for Community Action.”
“We welcome Wendy Spencer to Houston and recognize her vital role in engaging more than five million Americans in service and volunteering to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement,” said Lisa Thompson Caruthers, CASE director. “She inspires us to do more within the after-school communities we serve.”
CASE AmeriCorps members receive stipends and tuition reimbursement for serving within after-school communities. OneStar Foundation administers the national service programs operating in Texas. CASE AmeriCorps members provide leadership for Kids’ Day Projects, engaging education projects that connect after-school students with real-world issues. Students participating in Kids’ Day projects meet in their after-school programs for several weeks to work through prepared project-based learning curricula related to math, science, technology and/or the arts.
About CASE: The Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, or CASE, is a division of Harris County Department of Education and supports over 55 after-school programs which serve more than 5,000 children in 10 area school districts and four charter schools throughout Houston and Harris County. After-school programs keep kids safe, help working families and improve academic achievement. CASE is endorsed by all 25 Houston/Harris County school superintendents. Go to www.afterschoolzone.org or more information.
About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE provides education services to the general public and 25 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, Early Childhood Intervention 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.