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AmeriCorps receives $400,000 federal grant

DIXON – The AmeriCorps program at Sauk Valley Community College has received a $400,000 federal grant, part of $4 million in grant money for AmeriCorps programs across the state.

The money will be used to run the AmeriCorps Program, which will place members in schools, after-school programs, and community-based agencies.

A total of 34 members will be serving during the fall semester. Some will be tutoring and mentoring kindergarten through second-grade students in area classrooms, while others will be serving in different after-school programs assisting students with homework and different activities.

Some also will be helping students prepare for the GED, write resumes and look for jobs.

AmeriCorps is also responsible for updating the Sauk Valley Community College resource directory. Members also receive CPR training, and they are offered disaster preparedness training through the Red Cross.

“As the AmeriCorps program is dependent on grants like these to operate on a year-to-year basis, the grant would be the entire budget for Sauk’s AmeriCorps for this fiscal year,” Sauk spokeswoman Christina Pilling said.

The money also will help pay for training, retreats and service projects for the community.

While members of the AmeriCorps program are not necessarily in high school, they are required to have a high school diploma or GED to participate.

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