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 2019-2020 Colorado AmeriCorps State portfolio matches a $5,847,407 federal AmeriCorps investment with $5,261,819 in public and private funds.

Our portfolio contains two types of AmeriCorps grants:

  • Operational grants recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members
  • Planning grants spend one year developing an operational AmeriCorps program

To learn more about AmeriCorps Colorado programs, click on the program names below. Programs are ordered by AmeriCorps focus area and some programs have more than one focus area. A map of our AmeriCorps sites is at the bottom of the page.

Disaster Services

No programs currently fall in this focus area.

Economic Opportunity

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 39 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.

Additionally, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 1,000 volunteers engaged in serving individuals experiencing homelessness, the hungry, and those living in poverty.

The AmeriCorps investment of $658,008 is being matched with $289,385 in private funding.

Counties served: Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, La Plata, Las Animas, Mineral, Montezuma, Park, Rio Grande, and Saguache

To learn more, visit http://lapuentehome.org/ or contact Cat Trumpis at director.volunteers@lapuente.net.

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, and Montezuma

The AmeriCorps investment of $206,497 is being matched with $185,536 in private and public funding.

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

 

Education

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 24 AmeriCorps members, serving in full-time and three-quarter time roles, to provide math and literacy tutoring and out-of-school time programming. This year, the AmeriCorps members will serve 1,305 students. Additionally, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 20 community volunteers to increase the number of youth being served and establish a foundation for long-term community support.

The AmeriCorps investment of $380,107 is being matched with $197,333 in public and private funding.

Counties served: Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache

To learn more, visit www.alpineachievers.org or contact Emily Loubsky at director@alpineachievers.org.

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 Ashley Davis at adavis12@cityyear.org.

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 $380,252 is being matched with $731,942 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.

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. This year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for increasing the reading proficiency of 904 students.

The AmeriCorps investment of $1,007,754 is being matched with $979,538 in public and private funding.

Counties served: Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Jefferson County, Larimer, Weld

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

Colorado State University Extension 4-H STEM Initiative

Colorado State University Extension 4-H STEM Initiative provides underserved and at-risk youth (8-18) with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming in out-of-school time settings. This program places 21 AmeriCorps members, serving in 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. Additionally, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 75 volunteers engaged in delivering STEM education to youth participants, supporting family-based STEM education activities, and coordinating community-based service learning activities.

The AmeriCorps investment of $155,465 is being matched with $215,561 in public funding.

Counties served: Broomfield, Custer, Denver, El Paso, Garfield, Jefferson, Larimer, Montezuma, Morgan, Summit, and Weld

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

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 $300,825 is being matched with $173,625 in public funding.

Counties served: Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Jefferson, and Larimer

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

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 39 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.

Additionally, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 1,000 volunteers engaged in serving individuals experiencing homelessness, the hungry, and those living in poverty.

The AmeriCorps investment of $658,008 is being matched with $289,385 in private funding.

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

To learn more, visit http://lapuentehome.org/ contact Cat Trumpis at director.volunteers@lapuente.net.

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, and Montezuma

The AmeriCorps investment of $206,497 is being matched with $185,536 in private and public funding.

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

Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Education Corps

The Environmental Education Corps (eeCorps), a program of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), places 12 AmeriCorps members 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, El Paso, La Plata, Mesa, and Pueblo

The AmeriCorps investment of $157,885 is being matched with $95,508 in public/private funding. 

To learn more, visit https://caee.org/programs/act/americorps-eecorps or contact Kat Riley at katriley@caee.org.

ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability (Planning Grant)

ICLEI holds a planning grant with Serve Colorado, which focused on planning an AmeriCorps program to increase the capacity of Colorado organizations and local governments to address climate change. ICLEI members would be placed within local governments and serve on specific projects to increase the amount of work local governments can do to address climate change. No AmeriCorps members are engaged in this grant. 

To learn more, visit https://icleiusa.org/ or contact Angie Fyfe at angie.fyfe@iclei.org.

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

The AmeriCorps investment of $1,775,104 is being matched with $1,739,601.92 in public and private funding.

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

Healthy Futures

Mountain Roots Healthy Futures Program

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 22 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. Additionally, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 450 volunteers to engage in health and nutrition education, community gardening, and increased food access.

The AmeriCorps investment of $275,247 is being matched with $88,641 in private funding.

Counties served: Chaffee, Delta, Gunnison, Mesa, and Montrose

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

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 39 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.

Additionally, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 1,000 volunteers engaged in serving individuals who are experiencing homelessness, the hungry, and those living in poverty.

The AmeriCorps investment of $658,008 is being matched with $289,385 in private funding.

Counties served: Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, La Plata, Las Animas, Mineral, Montezuma, Park, Rio Grande, and Saguache

To learn more, visit http://lapuentehome.org/ or contact Cat Trumpis at director.volunteers@lapuente.net.

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, and Montezuma

The AmeriCorps investment of $206,497 is being matched with $185,536 in private and public funding.

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

Veterans and Military Families

No programs currently fall in this focus area.