Since 2001, Arkansas Literacy Councils has been awarded AmeriCorps positions. Now in our fifteenth year, our AmeriCorps program, Arkansas Reads, continues to give local citizens with a heart for service, an opportunity to meet crucial needs in their community by serving as an AmeriCorps Member.
The Members duties are tutoring students, training volunteers, and recruiting students and volunteers. Our AmeriCorps Members provide encouragement and support to their students as they strive to achieve their goals. As Members assess the needs of their low literacy learners, many times there are other needs that must be met before they can even begin to effectively tutor their students. Members refer students to local agencies to meet their needs or even assist them with health literacy and financial literacy assistance.
AmeriCorps Members are Superheroes in their local communities! A superhero is an AmeriCorps Member who possesses the ability to defeat the “villains” their students may be confronting as they prepare to better their literacy skills. Those villains could be low literacy skills, little to no job related skills, unemployment and low self-esteem. Then this hero, our Arkansas Reads AmeriCorps Member, comes along and makes life better!
We are proud of our AmeriCorps Members and all of their individual accomplishments as they meet the needs of the students they serve in their community.
Written by Belinda Sanders, Program Director