Current AmeriCorps Programs

Serve Colorado's Portfolio of AmeriCorps Programs

AmeriCorps State and National provides funds to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. The 2021-2022 Colorado AmeriCorps State portfolio matches a $10,026,259 federal AmeriCorps investment with $6,556,894 in public and private funds.

Our portfolio contains two types of AmeriCorps grants:

  • Operational grants provide funding for organizations to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members
  • Planning grants provide funding to help organizations develop new AmeriCorps programs to address community challenges.

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Operational Grants

Alpine Achievers Initiative

Alpine Achievers Initiative provides programs designed to support and nurture economically disadvantaged K-12 students in rural south central Colorado. This program places 40 AmeriCorps members, serving in full-time roles, to provide math and literacy tutoring and out-of-school time programming at more than 17 sites. 

The AmeriCorps investment of $505,285 is being matched with $214,393 in public and private funding.

Counties Served: Alamosa, Chaffee, Fremont, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache

To learn more, visit www.alpineachievers.org or contact Renee Mackey at renee@alpineachievers.org.

Focus area: Education

Artist Year

Artist Year places 10 AmeriCorps members serving in full-time roles, to provide student-centered arts education to over 1500 economically disadvantaged students. Members facilitating this program will help to promote academic success, artistic skill, and civic engagement in youth. 

The AmeriCorps investment of $162,591 is being matched with $280,448 in public and private funds.

Counties Served: Adams, Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin

To learn more, please visit www.artistyear.org, or contact Nick Lenio at nick.lenio@artistyear.org.

Focus area: Education

City Year Denver

City Year Denver partners with Denver Public Schools and district teachers to place young adults, aged 17 to 25, in schools to provide individual support to students in need of extra care and attention. This program places 85 AmeriCorps members, serving in full-time and three-quarter time roles, to provide full-day academic and school engagement services to students in three public schools. This year, the AmeriCorps members will:

  • provide support for English and math classrooms, serving over 800 students,
  • individualized services and student progress monitoring to 176 students to improve English, math, and/or attendance,
  • implementing extended day activities,
  • improving school climate, and
  • four members will complete a pre-residency teacher program.

The AmeriCorps investment of $1,263,974 is being matched with $1,263,974 in public and private funding.

County served: Denver

To learn more, visit www.cityyear.org/denver or contact Josh Shald at jshald@cityyear.org

Focus area: Education

Colorado Climate Corps

Colorado Climate Corps, a program of the Colorado Youth Corps Association, will place 240 AmeriCorps members in 55 counties across Colorado.  

Colorado Climate Corps AmeriCorps members will 

  • improve the overall health and resiliency of public lands, while helping to mitigate the threat of future wildfires and floods;
  • increase public awareness of climate change and its impacts;
  • provide resources and education to marginalized communities experiencing the effects of climate change including education on health impacts of climate change and resources to mitigate those impacts; and
  • conduct energy and water weatherization and retrofitting in low-income households to conserve resources, lower utility bills, and decrease the need for burning fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.

AmeriCorps investment of $1,712,152

To learn more, visit www.cyca.org or contact Brandon Watkins at bwatkins@cyca.org.

Focus area: Environmental Stewardship

Colorado Healthcare Corps

Colorado Healthcare Corps will help address the historic shortage of healthcare workers by placing 150 AmeriCorps members to serve in-person at healthcare facilities including hospitals, residential care facilities, and clinics providing critical support to the state’s healthcare system. 

This program is a partnership between Polis-Primavera Administration, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Serve Colorado, and Community Resource Center.

To learn more, visit https://servecolorado.colorado.gov/healthcare-corps or contact Katy Sawyer at sawyer@crcamerica.org

Focus area: Health

Colorado HIPPYCorps

Colorado HIPPYCorps, a program of Parent Possible, delivers the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) curriculum. The program places 50 AmeriCorps members, serving in three-quarter time, half-time, and reduced half-time roles, to provide weekly visits to families with children aged 2-5 years old to ensure school readiness. During each visit, the member role-plays an activity packet with the parent, so the parent can then complete the activity with their child throughout the week. This year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for ensuring 465 children demonstrate gains in literacy skills. Additionally, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 21 volunteers to engage in supporting monthly group meetings.

The AmeriCorps investment of $399,463 is being matched with $1,026,358 in public and private funding.

Counties served: Adams, Alamosa, Costilla, Crowley, Denver, El Paso, Mesa, Mineral, Otero, Pueblo, Saguache, and Weld

To learn more, visit www.parentpossible.org/hippy or contact Jackie Cordova at jackie@parentpossible.org.

Focus area: Education

Colorado Reading Corps

Colorado Reading Corps, a program of Colorado Youth for a Change, focuses on improving literacy proficiency of K-3 students in schools across Denver and Northern Colorado. This program places 95 AmeriCorps members, serving in three-quarter time roles, to provide one-on-one reading interventions with students who are reading below grade level during the school day and additional support to enrichment programs before and after school. 

The AmeriCorps investment of $1,007,754 is being matched with $972,680 in public and private funding.

Counties served: all Colorado counties

To learn more, visit www.youthforachange.org/services/colorado-reading-corps or contact Beth Kleinman at bethk@youthforachange.org.

Focus area: Education

Colorado State University Extension 4-H STEM Initiative

Colorado State University Extension 4-H STEM Initiative provides underserved and at-risk youth (ages 8-18) with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming in out-of-school time settings. This program places 42 AmeriCorps members, serving in three-quarter time, half-time and quarter-time roles, to help youth develop 21st-century workforce skills, graduate from high school, and consider STEM fields in academic and career choices. This year, the AmeriCorps members will help all participating students complete at least six hours of STEM education.

The AmeriCorps investment of $176,860 is being matched with $232,521 in public funding.

Counties served: Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Garfield, Larimer, Montezuma, Morgan, Summit, Teller, and Weld

To learn more, visit www.4hstemk12.colostate.edu/americorps or contact Melinda Macpherson at melinda.macpherson@colostate.edu.

Focus area: Education

CSU AmeriCorps Education Support Program

A partnership between CSU Extension, AmeriCorps and the CSU Center for Educator Preparation provides training and support for AmeriCorps members to serve in Colorado school districts, supporting teachers and administrators by providing tutoring, after-school programs, and other academic support for students, as well as filling in as substitute teachers when no other option exsists. The program allows AmeriCorps members to develop the skills needed to apply to a teacher preparation program at the conclusion of their service year.

Counties served: Weld

To learn more, visit https://engagement.colostate.edu/programs/csu-americorps-education-support-program/ or contact Melinda Macpherson at melinda.macpherson@colostate.edu.

Focus area: Education

Corps for a Change

Corps for a Change, a program of Colorado Youth for a Change, provides attendance and engagement support to off-track disengaged high school students to reduce the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate. This program places 25 members, serving in three-quarter time roles, to assist students who are only attending school 70-90% of the time through case management, home visits, phone calls, tutoring, and connecting students to outside resources.

The AmeriCorps investment of $285,137 is being matched with $392,788 in public funding.

Counties served: Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Jefferson, Lake, and Weld

To learn more, visit www.youthforachange.org/services/corps-for-a-change or contact Alayna Shaw at alaynas@youthforachange.org.

Focus area: Education

Environmental Education Corps

The Environmental Education Corps (eeCorps), a program of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), places 18 AmeriCorps members, serving in full-time, three-quarter time, and half-time roles, at organizations throughout Colorado to focus on increasing environmental literacy for PreK-12 students and implementing the goals outlined in the Colorado Environmental Education Plan. eeCorps works directly with teachers, schools, and environmental education (EE) providers to support them in expanding reach and increasing impact of EE programming, while providing access to equitable learning experiences for all PreK-12 students. eeCorps members provide direct service to improve outcomes in Environmental Stewardship and Education.

Counties served: Boulder, Denver, La Plata, Mesa, Pueblo, and San Juan

The AmeriCorps investment of $256,368 is being matched with $130,959 in public/private funding. 

To learn more, visit https://caee.org/programs/act/americorps-eecorps or contact Erin Dreps at erindreps@caee.org.

Focus area: Environmental Stewardship

Math Corps

Math Corps places 175 members, serving in three-quarter time roles, into schools to work with 4-8th grade students on math literacy and long-term academic success. Members provide individualized support for students in which they can learn math concepts at their own speed and participate in small group interventions. This year, Math Corps members will be responsible for increasing math literacy education of over 4,500 Colorado students.

Funding for this program is included in the grant award for Corps for a Change.

Counties Served: Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Denver, Larimer

To learn more, visit https://youthforachange.org/our-programs/colorado-math-corps/ or contact Christina Mijares at christinam@youthforachange.org.

Focus area: Education

Mountain Roots Healthy Futures

The Mountain Roots Healthy Futures Program is a rural intermediary program focused on community food security by creating synergies among education initiatives, nutrition and food access programs, public health and human services, and agricultural/conservation programs. Along with the Trailhead Institute, Mountain Roots Food Project places 30 AmeriCorps members, serving in full-time and half-time roles, to provide education and outreach to underserved audiences to address capacity issues around food insecurity in southwest Colorado. This year, the AmeriCorps members will contribute to positive behavioral changes in 12,500 rural Coloradans. 

The AmeriCorps investment of $388,417 is being matched with $513,525 in public and private funding.

Counties served: Chafee, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Lake, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel

To learn more, visit https://www.mountainrootsfoodproject.org/healthy-futures or contact Lyndie Kenlon at lyndie@mountainrootsfoodproject.org.

Focus area: Health and Social Services

Peak Pathfinders

Peak Pathfinders, a program of YouthPower 365, places 10 full-time members in roles to provide wrap-around supports, extended learning, mentoring, and caregiver engagement to 6 -12th graders in Eagle County. Members will be increasing college readiness among students to ensure academic success through the coordination of these services. 

Counties Served: Eagle

The AmeriCorps investment of $162,995 is being matched with $321,877 in private and public funding.

To learn more, visit https://youthpower365.org/program/americorps-peak-pathfinders/, or contact Walter Gilles at wgilles@vvf.org.

Focus area: Education

Rural Alliance for Dignity

Rural Alliance for Dignity, a program of La Puente Home, is a consortium of community-based organizations serving severely under-resourced, geographically diverse, rural communities. This program places 59 AmeriCorps members, serving in full-time and half-time roles, in 14 sites across 7 organizations to address individual's unmet needs. This year, the AmeriCorps members will:

  • provide housing services to 1,880 individuals who are experiencing homelessness or on the verge of homelessness,
  • provide emergency food assistance to 11,000 food-insecure individuals,
  • facilitate garden science and nutrition education to 2,500 economically disadvantaged K-12 students,
  • educate 40 low-income families with skills for healthy family meals including nutrition, cooking, and family social skills,
  • provide 320 economically disadvantaged K-12 students with academic support, and
  • provide social, emotional and academic support to 40 elementary students experiencing neglect, abuse, or homelessness.

The AmeriCorps investment of $671,990 is being matched with $354,109 in private funding.

Counties served: Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Dolores, Fremont, La Plata, Lake, Las Animas, Mineral, Montezuma, Park, Rio Grande, Mineral, San Juan, and Saguache

To learn more, visit www.lapuentehome.org or contact TJ Mendez at director.volunteers@lapuente.net.

Focus areas: Education, Health and Social Services

TeamUP AmeriCorps

TeamUP AmeriCorps, a program of United Way of Southwest Colorado, helps improve child and family wellbeing through activities like coaching families on early literacy, development, providing food to those who need it, and mentoring children during their out-of-school time. This program places 15 AmeriCorps members, serving in full-time and half-time roles, to increase kindergarten readiness, particularly related to language use among children age 0-3.

Counties served: Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma 

The AmeriCorps investment of $225,120 is being matched with $182,578 in private and public funding.

To learn more, visit https://teamup-swco.org/americorps/ or contact Al Huckins at alh@unitedway-swco.org.

Focus areas: Education, Health and Social Services

TeamUP for School

TeamUP for School, a program of United Way of Southwest Colorado, helps to provide academic and emotional support to students to mitigate learning loss. 20 full time members will be placed in 9 school districts across southwest Colorado, and will focus on increasing student engagement at school and mentor students.

Counties served: Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan

To learn more, visit https://unitedway-swco.org/team-up-for-summer/, or contact Cathy Cowles at cathyc@unitedway-swco.org.

Focus area: Education

Youth Corps for Colorado

Youth Corps for Colorado, a program of the Colorado Youth Corps Association, places 451 AmeriCorps members, serving in full-time, three-quarter time, half-time, reduced half-time, quarter-time, and minimum-time roles, in five conservation corps across 38 counties in Colorado. Conservation corps perform disaster relief and proactive mitigation activities, protect and strengthen outdoor recreation infrastructure, and install energy efficiency measures in low-income homes in rural and urban communities. This year, AmeriCorps members will improve 2,632 acres of public lands and 241 miles of trails and waterways, as well as weatherize or retrofit 1,440 housing units to improve energy efficiency.

Counties served: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Crowley, Custer, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jackson, Jefferson, Kit Carson, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Routt, Summit, Teller, Weld, and Yuma

AmeriCorps investment of $1,775,104.

To learn more, visit www.cyca.org or contact Brandon Watkins at bwatkins@cyca.org.

Focus area: Environmental Stewardship

Planning Grants

CivicWell

CivicWell is developing an AmeriCorps program that will focus on capacity building and resiliency to address climate change at the local level. Additionally, this program will aim to create a pipeline of diverse future leaders.

The AmeriCorps investment of $45,646 will be matched with $14,354 in private and public funding. 

To learn more, visit www.civicwell.org, or contact Mackenzie Bolger at mbolger@civicwell.org.

Focus Area: Environmental Stewardship 

Eureka! McConnell Science Museum

The Eureka! McConnell Science Museum is developing an AmeriCorps program to implement their STEAM Tutoring and Educational Support program to assist students in Mesa County.

The AmeriCorps investment of $23,652 is being matched with $10,090 in private and public funding. 

To learn more, visit https://eurekasciencemuseum.org/, or contact Phaedra Howe at phowe@eurekasciencemuseum.org

Focus area: Education 

Imagine!

Imagine! is developing an AmeriCorps program to provide increased Direct Service Providers and actively develop new training and onboarding strategies for that workforce.  

The AmeriCorps investment of $60,000 is being matched with $31,460 in private and public funding.

To learn more, visit http://www.imaginecolorado.org/, or contact Rebecca Novinger at rnovinger@imaginecolorado.org

Focus Area: Health and Social Services

Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation

Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is developing an AmeriCorps program to address access to healthcare services in rural areas of Colorado. 

The AmeriCorps investment of $29,563 is being matched with $9,200 in private and public funding.

To learn more, visit https://www.lincolncountyed.org, or contact Troy McCue at TMcCue@lincolncountyed.org.

Focus area: Health and Social Services

Literacy Lab

The Literacy Lab is developing an AmeriCorps program to help implement the Leading Men Fellowship program in Colorado. This program focuses on increasing the diversity and representation of teachers in public schools. 

The AmeriCorps investment of $50,000 is being matched with $19,961 in private and public funding.

To learn more, visit https://theliteracylab.org, or contact Mia Twsago at mtwsago@theliteracylab.org.

Focus area: Education

Trailhead Institute

The Trailhead Institute is developing an AmeriCorps program to provide technical assistance to local public health agencies and capacity building support to modernize Colorado's public health system.

The AmeriCorps investment of $59,999 is being matched with $18,452 in private and public funding.

To learn more, visit http://trailhead.institute/, or contact Kristy Beachy-Quick at kbquick@trailhead.institute

Focus Area: Health and Social Services

Young Americans Center for Financial Education

The Young Americans Center for Financial Education is developing an AmeriCorps program to help increase financial literacy in youth through hands on learning. This program will focus on rural, underserved communities throughout Colorado.  

The AmeriCorps investment of $57,631 will be matched with $57,903 in private and public funding. 

To learn more, visit https://yacenter.org/, or contact Carolyn Stevens-Wood at cstevenswood@yacenter.org.

Focus area: Education

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