AmeriCorps on the Frontline
AmeriCorps on the Frontline is a dropout prevention mentor-based intervention program that addresses student attendance, behavior and course performance. Through this program each participating county creates and implements an individualized dropout prevention plan. AmeriCorps members put that plan into action through direct service to students and their families.
AmeriCorps Members provide weekly mentoring sessions during the academic school year to at-risk students. They leverage additional volunteers and community organizations to support students who are at-risk for failing school because of truancy, classroom behavior problems, or poor course performance. Through meaningful professional development, on-site technical assistance, and leadership training for school, district, and community liaisons, each school develops a systemic approach that will increase their graduation rate well beyond the scope of this program.
In 2012-2013, AmeriCorps on the Frontline:
- Engaged 23 Members in community service
- Worked in 7 West Virginia counties, serving 18 local schools
- Provided 14,826 hours of volunteer service
- Mentored 561 at-risk students
- Leveraged the support of 224 volunteers
- Helped students improve their attendance, behavior and course performance
Results from a third-party evaluator show evidence of strong success with nearly half of at-risk students served showing improvements in behavior and over 87% improvement in attendance.