WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that City Year New Hampshire, located in Stratham, will receive a $579,601 grant. These funds will go towards the Whole School-Whole Child program and the Young Heroes program. The Whole School-Whole Child program identifies and works with students who are in danger of dropping out. Young Heroes is a student volunteer program that takes place on Saturdays in Southern New Hampshire. Funding is provided through an AmeriCorps grant competition established through the enactment of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which was signed into law on April 21, 2009.
“Participants in the AmeriCorps program provide much-needed services for our seniors, youth, and veterans, among others,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. “AmeriCorps is an invaluable partner with our local communities and I am pleased they will be receiving these funds.”
AmeriCorps is a national service program. Participants serve in a number of nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities. Activities may include tutoring and mentoring youth, expanding health services, building affordable housing, running after-school programs, supporting veterans, helping communities respond to disasters, and recruiting and training volunteers.