YouthBuild USA Receives National AmeriCorps Grant

Friday, July 1, 2016
YouthBuild AmeriCorps members in Godfrey, IL

YouthBuild USA, Inc. has received an $8.5 million AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support 3,100 YouthBuild AmeriCorps members.

This grant will support AmeriCorps members in 80 cities and 32 states across the country. YouthBuild AmeriCorps members will build safe and affordable housing for low-income individuals and families; will bridge the digital divide; will offer community health and wellness services to low-income individuals; and will undertake environmental conservation service.

“AmeriCorps is an indispensable resource to help meet critical challenges facing our communities and nation,” said Dorothy Stoneman, founder of YouthBuild USA, Inc. "We're thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the value that AmeriCorps members serving with YouthBuild offer to communities. These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs as they develop civic and leadership skills that last a lifetime.”

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps.  “As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves - gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.  We congratulate YouthBuild for their strong application, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their service.”

In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available $5.5M in education scholarships for the YouthBuild AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or pay back student loans.  After completing 450 hours of service, YouthBuild AmeriCorps members earn an education award of $1,527.

AmeriCorps operates as a public-private partnership that leverages significant amounts of outside resources to stretch the federal dollar and increase community impact. This grant will generate an additional $8.5M in local matching support and other outside resources from businesses, foundations, and other organizations. 

Read the full press release about the grant

View a listing of where AmeriCorps members will serve