May 10, 1997 |
The Presidents' Summit for America's Future is over, but Brandi Deragon and her AmeriCorps colleagues are still hard at work building a park because all those presidents came to the city. It was raining yesterday, but Deragon was out pouring concrete, working to get a long-vacant lot in Kensington ready for its May 21 dedication as a community park. Complete with a pavilion, an irrigation system, a storage and recycling shed, and thousands of flowers in freshly dug beds, the New Kensington Community Garden will be a Pennsylvania Horticultural Society model for reusing vacant city land.
December 5, 1996 |
As President Clinton puzzles over the composition of his new cabinet, former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris L. Wofford has emerged as a leading candidate to become secretary of labor. A senior administration official said that Wofford, who heads the Corporation for National Service, known mainly for the AmeriCorps program, is among two or three finalists for the post. Wofford, moreover, has been vetted and approved by the AFL-CIO, a well-placed union source said yesterday. Before serving in the Senate, Wofford was Pennsylvania's secretary of labor and industry.
June 11, 2005 |
After finishing her sophomore year at Arizona State University in 2004, Alicia Fremling realized that she was involved in too many extracurricular activities and had neglected her classes. And so the 21-year-old business-management major decided to simply take her extracurricular work to the next level. The North Dakota native took a year off from her studies to join the National Civilian Community Corps, a branch of AmeriCorps. Now, Fairmount Park is benefiting from her decision, and similar choices made by 10 other college students and recent grads from around the country.
March 12, 2002 |
President Bush will visit Philadelphia this morning to highlight his call for Americans to devote at least two years, or 4,000 hours, of service to their communities. Bush will meet volunteers at the People's Emergency Center, a West Philadelphia shelter for homeless women and children, and then head to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, where he will talk about service. In his State of the Union address, Bush announced the creation of the USA Freedom Corps, an umbrella organization for hundreds of thousands of volunteers.
January 20, 1995
The President drew his line in the sand this week. He is willing to deal in the brave new world of the Republican Contract, speed the pace of reinventing government, attempt to make welfare work. But try to take away the national service corps, and that's it - no more Mr. Nice Guy. Take it away? It's a good bet that most Americans don't know the six-month- old program - called, AmeriCorps - exists. (Which is a problem from the get-go.) AmeriCorps is a type of domestic Peace Corps, enlisting college-age youths to help tutor and immunize, to rebuild tumbled-down housing and assist local police.
April 3, 2009 |
I'm driving to work, talking by cell with my son. AmeriCorps, I tell him. Peace Corps. VISTA. In these tough times, if you can't find a real job, there are options that help your community. With pay! "Yeah, yeah, I'm looking into it," the college senior tells me. Times are tough for graduates, and my oldest son is getting antsy. He wants a master's degree but may need to wait and work for a year or two. Many young people are counting on the Obama administration, which wants to expand programs such as AmeriCorps to help young people finance their college education and work in their communities during this catatonic economy.
March 15, 1997 |
The star-power Presidents' Summit for America's Future, to convene in Philadelphia next month, requires every city's delegation to include two young people for a conference that is, after all, focused on children and youth at risk. So, Philadelphia, meet your youth delegates: Jahi Davis, 20, is a 1995 graduate of Dobbins Technical High School who works as an AmeriCorps intern. He's involved in mentoring, tutoring and after-school programs at Nebinger Elementary School in South Philadelphia.
September 19, 2000 |
Randy Harris, a former drug addict and convicted bank robber who is HIV positive, is lucky to be alive. And he believes now is the time to help save the lives of others. With the help of a $500,000 grant from the federal AmeriCorps program, his job just got a whole lot easier. Harris, 35, is one of 58 volunteers who will work in four Philadelphia-area AIDS organizations and receive a monthly stipend and an educational grant from Access To Care Through Services, an Americorps-funded program that's the first of its kind in the nation.
August 17, 1997 |
They've stolen cars and vandalized buildings. They've talked back to their elders, dropped out of school or run away from home. Some have been known to drink too much or to abuse drugs. Now, a county agency proposes to ship them out. Beginning next month, troubled youths from across eastern Pennsylvania will be packing their bags and climbing onto a 72-foot English galleon-style sailboat, now docked at the end of Mill Street, and setting sail for two-week jaunts down the Delaware.
December 29, 2010
The gift of $750,000 by philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest to boost college-attainment rates is a reminder that the city must use all available tools to prevent students from dropping out. One vital program helping Philadelphia students to stay in school is City Year, which pairs young adult mentors with at-risk kids in the classroom. It's part of the AmeriCorps national service effort, and has operated in Philadelphia since 1997. In the current school year, City Year has 225 members working in 20 schools throughout Philadelphia.