What is Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps?

Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps is a coordinated effort to mentor youth in Kern County. The Kern County Superintendent of Schools and The California Endowment, with a grant administered by California Volunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, have combined efforts to mobilize 31 AmeriCorps mentors to work with over 600 youth. The AmeriCorps Members deliver high-quality mentorships to reinforce positive choices and behaviors. In addition, they recruit local volunteers to engage in activities to improve and strengthen their communities. The mentors play a key role in achieving some of the objectives of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, a 10-year, holistic approach to improve community health and initiate systemic change towards healthier living.

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Why join Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps?

Serve the Youth of California: AmeriCorps Members mentor youth with a variety of structured activities, which may include academic support, community service, service-learning, college and career preparation, art, recreation, leadership, and physical activities. Each Member will work with 20 youth during the course of the year.

Build Your Skills: Building Healthy Communities is committed to the professional growth of its AmeriCorps Members through professional development and technical assistance in a variety of subjects, including mentoring, prevention and intervention, academic support, first aid and CPR, relationship building, leadership, project planning, and much more. Community teams gather for training and meetings on a regular basis throughout the year, providing opportunities to share experiences, successes, and challenges.

Be A Vital Part of a Community and a Team: Through service to youth, community service activities, team meetings, and professional development, AmeriCorps Members gain a wealth of information, experience, and sense of community. Additionally, AmeriCorps Members become part of a cutting-edge, statewide movement to improve all aspects of community health.

Prepare for Your Future: The Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps program is an intensive experience that will provide benefits to you far in the future, not the least of which includes an education award to help pay for college expenses or pay off student loans. During your term, you will receive a monthly living allowance and, if eligible, health insurance and child care benefits.

Serve in Kern County, California (Arvin, Bakersfield, Greenfield, Lake Isabella, Lamont, Shafter, Wasco). For more information, call 661-852-5675.

Mission: The Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps Program engages and empowers youth to increase resiliency, positive behaviors, and healthy decision-making through mentoring; involves youth and community members to strengthen their communities through volunteer service; and develops the skills of AmeriCorps Members as leaders and youth advocates.

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