As part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Belleville AmeriCorps supports neighborhood and school efforts to strengthen the community.
To carry out the mission, Belleville AmeriCorps members:
- Increase academic success by tutoring
- Encourage community engagement through youth and adult volunteerism
- Provide positive recreational and enrichment activities for youth during after-school hours and summer months
- Promote computer literacy
Belleville AmeriCorps was established in 1995 in partnership with SWIC, Belleville School District 118, the City of Belleville and the Franklin Neighborhood Community Association.
Since then, more than 1,000 members have served 600,000+ hours tutoring students, rehabilitating homes, promoting neighborhood beautification and convening neighborhood watch groups.
Belleville AmeriCorps believes that only a diverse team can best serve and represent the community. This is why our members have varying educational backgrounds, ages, abilities, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, religions, motivations to serve, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc.
Students with disabilities and/or diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
According to the DoSomething.org website:
- Children living in poverty have more school absenteeism or drop out.
- Students age 16-24 from low income families are seven times more likely to
- Poverty rates are higher for young adults without a high school diploma than those who completed high school.