What is Project HERO?
AmeriCorps Week, occurring this year from March 10 to March 17, is a chance to recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps Members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day.
One example is the district's Project Helping Enrich Reading Opportunities (HERO), a tutoring program funded by AmeriCorps State and which currently serves over 300 second grade students at nine different Innovation Zone Learning Community elementary schools. Project HERO is designed to enhance the literacy skills of CCSD second graders.
Each AmeriCorps Member is stationed at one of nine Innovation Zone elementary schools for 20 hours per week Monday through Friday. In addition to providing tutoring services, Members assist the school with capacity-building activities including volunteer recruitment. The program will culminate with a literacy camp in June.
Student Outcomes in the 2011-2012 Year: A Great Start to the Program!
Based on Fall and Winter MAP data, students participating in Project HERO on average increased their literacy scores by 8.61 points compared to an average of 7.82 points among second graders at the same schools not participating in Project HERO. Of the 266 Project HERO students with Fall and Winter testing data, 120 increased their reading scores by at least 10 points or more, and seven of the eight students who increased their literacy scores by over 30 points were served in Project HERO.
When Members are not tutoring second graders in literacy, they can be found working on different capacity-building initiatives at their school–including mentoring in a Lunch Buddy program, assisting with school health initiatives, helping promote parent involvement, or tutoring in other subjects and with other grade levels.
Project HERO Members are also involved in two days of service–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Tricounty Youth Service Day. This year, Members volunteered at the Charleston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade assisting with parade line-up and other behind-the-scenes activities. Stay tuned for the results of the Members’ involvement in Tricounty Youth Service Day this April.
Welcome, Project HERO's Newest Team Member!
Project HERO welcomed AmeriCorps*VISTA Sandra Hoke to the team this February. She will be helping support both Project HERO and the Project HERO schools during her VISTA term ending this August. As an AmeriCorps*VISTA, Sandra will be coordinating strategic partnerships with the program as well as managing volunteers.
Interested in Learning More or Joining the Team for the 2012-2013 Year?
Project HERO is now accepting Corps Member applications for the 2012-2013 school year.
Interested individuals may receive more information by clicking on the link below:
You can also contact Katy Simison by email, or by telephone at (843) 745-7150 ext. 11.