Welcome to Operation AmeriCorps: NYC Community Schools Corps

We’re so excited to welcome the latest NYC-based AmeriCorps program to the America Learns community — the NYC Community Schools Corps.

The NYC Community Schools Corps (NYCCSC), an Operation AmeriCorps program launched in partnership between NYC Service and the NYC Department of Education, is placing more than 150 corps members (a mix of AmeriCorps, VISTA, and NCCC members) into 128 Community Schools in high-need communities to serve as mentors, reduce absenteeism, and boost parent involvement.

Community Schools support the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of students by offering a coordinated approach to increasing opportunities for young people and improving the academic performance of students through partnerships among principals, parents, teachers and community-based organizations (CBOs).  Schools enter into a partnership with a local CBO to offer a “whole child, whole community” approach, looking holistically at students, families and communities to ascertain their most pressing needs and decide which services will best address those needs.

To contribute to the transformation of NYC schools in low-income communities into Community Schools, 128 AmeriCorps State and National members will serve as either a “Mentoring Coordinator” or “Parent Organizer” to increase academic engagement and elevate student educational outcomes in the highest need schools.