City Year Jacksonville is proud to partner with Volunteer Florida, the Governor’s lead agency for national service and volunteerism in Florida. Volunteer Florida administers the AmeriCorps program for the state of Florida. All three City Year sites in Florida – City Year Jacksonville, City Year Orlando, and City Year Miami – are recipients of funding from Volunteer Florida.
Just last week, VF announced that it has received $19,997,017 in funding to administer 30 Florida AmeriCorps programs for 2015-2016. This funding allows Volunteer Florida to put approximately 1,300 AmeriCorps members to work in direct service to Florida communities – including Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry noted, “Thanks to the leadership of Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida, the City of Jacksonville will benefit from an investment of $2,054,425, which is projected to serve over 14,000 Jacksonville residents. Putting national service and volunteers to work in our classrooms gets students on track to graduate, pursue higher education, or enter the workforce.”
This year, Volunteer Florida is focusing on mentoring and tutoring high-risk students by placing AmeriCorps members directly in schools and nonprofits across the state, including City Year Jacksonville. 89 percent of Volunteer Florida’s AmeriCorps funding is focused on education, including after-school tutoring, targeted interventions to prevent dropouts, and summer school programming.
“As we continue to make Florida the best place to find a job and raise a family, Volunteer Florida is proud to support premier organizations like City Year Jacksonville as it continues to strengthen schools, neighborhoods, teachers, and families,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman.
City Year Jacksonville looks forward to another great year with our partner Volunteer Florida.