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LCSC’s Service Corps receives grant to continue AmeriCorps program

LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark Service Corps has been awarded a grant for $287,521 from Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, to continue its AmeriCorps program, the Idaho Department of Labor has announced.

LCSC will use the grant to fund 32 AmeriCorps members who will serve as tutors and mentors to students in grades K-12, Lewis-Clark Service Corps director Rebecca Fromdahl said.

AmeriCorps members receive a modest stipend and an education award to help pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans. The program places individuals age 17 and older at host sites, including public or alternative schools in grades K-12, where they help economically disadvantaged students, students with special or exceptional needs, or underachieving students. The AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor these students to help them be successful in school.

Applications are currently being accepted for both full-time and part-time AmeriCorps members throughout Idaho, including current openings in Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Caldwell, and Kuna.

Lewis-Clark Service Corps will have a volunteer center in Kellogg with two additional AmeriCorps VISTA positions to coordinate volunteers for K-12 students in the Silver Valley.

This is the second straight year LCSC has had the AmeriCorps program. LCSC served as a host for the program for 19 years until federal funding for the program was eliminated in 2014. After a two-year absence, LCSC brought the program back last year with a new focus.

Serve Idaho encourages voluntary public service and volunteerism throughout the state. It is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Idaho Department of Labor.

For more information on the AmeriCorps positions or the program in general, contact Fromdahl at either rlfromdahl@lsc.edu or call 208-792-2662.