The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will fund $24 million in grants as part of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which is aimed at improving the academic and social outcomes of young black men.
CNCS has not issued solicitations for the funding yet. The funding breaks down into four new projects:
Youth Opportunity America: A three-year, $10 million partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention that will enroll at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth in national service projects sponsored by the AmeriCorps program.
ServiceWorks: Funded by Citi Foundation and overseen by Points of Light, this initiative will provide training on critical 21st-century leadership and workplace skills and the opportunity to use those new skills by participating in and leading volunteer service projects. It will focus on youths in ten cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington.
Forest Service Partnership: $3.8 million in joint funding from CNCS and the Department of Agriculture to place 300 new AmeriCorps members working in U.S. forests and grasslands.
Aspire Mentoring: CNCS and AT&T will engage AmeriCorps members in regions around the country in mentoring activities.
John Kelly is the editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Social Change.