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Posted on: August 16, 2016

City of Jackson Among Top 10 in National List for Producing Americorps Members

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The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers the AmeriCorps program, on Tuesday, Aug. 16 released the rankings of the states and cities that generate the most AmeriCorps members per capita. Jackson, Miss., was ranked in the Top 10.

Mississippi’s capital city was ranked No. 9 among mid-sized cities. Providence, R.I., was ranked No. 1 in that category.

“Over the last two decades, nearly 1 million AmeriCorps members have been an indispensable resource for communities around the country,” Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, said in a CNCS press release. “AmeriCorps members improve the lives of millions of citizens and make a powerful and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation. I salute every AmeriCorps member for his or her dedication and determination to ‘get things done’ for America, and congratulate all of this year’s top AmeriStates and AmeriCities.”

In Jackson, Americorps members work with nonprofit organizations and other groups to address the food disparity that exists among senior citizens in the city. The mission of the AmeriCorps Program is to revitalize communities, improve the quality of life and enhance nutritional and educational awareness of low-income individuals through community service.
Mayor Tony T. Yarber said Jackson’s ranking on the list shows the City’s program is improving lives for our seniors, as well as the individuals who serve in the program.
“Our program is generating a more skilled workforce and empowering our citizens through health education. We’re honored to offer an Americorps program,” Yarber said.
Americorps member benefits include an annual living allowance of $12,530; health care insurance for the AmeriCorps member; childcare if the member is income eligible. Upon successful completion of the program, the member will receive an education award of $5,775 from the National Service Trust.

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