Red Cloud Receives Federal AmeriCorps Grant

July 18, 2017



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Corporation for National and Community Service recently awarded Red Cloud a highly competitive, one-year AmeriCorps grant of $249,822 to support students’ academic success in literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In the coming school year, twenty-nine AmeriCorps members will support students’ academic growth through in-class, after school, and summer school activities. Members will serve as teachers’ aides, librarian aides, and after school facilitators.  Because AmeriCorps is a public-private partnership, Red Cloud also contributes matching funds, to operate the program. 

“This grant provides critical support to our students,” said Moira Coomes, Red Cloud’s Superintendent.  “Our students look up to the AmeriCorps members as role models, who work with them one-on-one and in small groups to ensure they are ready for college.” 

Among the members, twelve are recruited locally from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and the remaining members hail from all across the country, from as far away as Connecticut and California and as nearby as South Dakota and Nebraska.  For members that have finished college, this is a way to make a difference in a community through service before joining the workforce or going on to graduate school. For others, it is a way to not only serve, but to gain experience and earn an education award to help fund their college educations or pay student loans.



Interested in joining AmeriCorps as a local member? Contact Sarah Camp, AmeriCorps director, at sarahcamp@redcloudschool.org, or call: (605) 867-5888 ext. 2216.

Download the application HERE

Photos © Red Cloud Indian School 


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