“Research shows that having a consistent, caring adult in the lives of vulnerable children is key to improving absenteeism, academics and behaviors.”
Now in its seventeenth year, Project POWER/AmeriCorps has served approximately 16,000 local at-risk youth, helping bridge the gap and increase the graduation rate with one-on-one assistance, participation in service learning projects and developmental training in conflict resolutions skills.
Incorporating garden-based education with an emphasis on healthy eating into the regular curriculum is the goal of two in-school programs run by FEAST, an extension of Slow Foods Asheville. Funds gathered by FEAST and school PTOs will support faculty positions in two elementary schools this academic year where a FEAST Garden and Cooking Coordinator will work to bring the schools’ gardens into the classroom.
“In the mornings I am in the office. In the afternoons I am in the trenches,” says AmeriCorps volunteer James Sisk. Jodi Ford of Children First/Communities In Schools sat down with three AmeriCorps volunteers to find out what it’s like to serve our community.
RiverLink and Americorps teamed up for a Sept. 9 cleanup of the French Broad River. The group hauled a plethora of trash and unusual items out of a stretch of the river near downtown Asheville, including huge tires, a rocking horse, a news bin and more.