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AmeriCorp Project YES!

AmeriCorps Project YES! members and volunteers educate, nurture and inspire students in their schools and reach out to serve the community at large.

Mission

AmeriCorps Project Yes! is here to disrupt generational poverty.  Here is how we do it.

NURTURE

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PROJECT YES! nurtures youth through positive mentorship by fostering relationships of trust and respect.

EDUCATE

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PROJECT YES! provides a structure of growth and self-motivation that empowers youth to develop skills in becoming self-sufficient individuals.

INSPIRE

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PROJECT YES! inspires youth by encouraging and facilitating civic engagement and leadership opportunities.

Impact

Project YES! members are an invaluable source to Northwestern Settlement. Here are just a few ways they impact our community:

Students

30+ Projects

Students have all the benefits of an extra adult in their classroom: additional academic support, social and emotional role modeling, and individual mentoring. Students also benefit from member-directed programming such as guidance through the college application process for high school seniors.

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Members

22,100 Service Hours

Project YES! members are some of the best and brightest young people in the nation, coming to the Settlement as graduates of some of the best colleges and universities in the country. A year of National Service creates a learning experience that is almost impossible to achieve in college. National Service exposes members to a diversity of race, socioeconomic status, and education levels that many have never experienced before. What Project YES! members take away from their year of service is almost as important as what they put in.

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Schools

45 weeks of service

Project YES! provides the opportunity for schools to utilize a team of college graduates on a full-time basis to strengthen and support their school communities at minimal cost. Project YES! members serve as tutors and mentors to the students, building meaningful relationships and furthering students’ academic successes. Many former AmeriCorps Project YES! members have worked for partnered schools after their year of service.

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The Settlement

Project YES! exposes a new class of young people each year to the mission and work of the Settlement. For many members, AmeriCorps service is the beginning of a lifetime commitment to the non-profit and community development profession. Many former AmeriCorps Project YES! members have gone on to work for the Settlement.

Leadership

Our incredible team of staff and volunteers make AmeriCorps Project Yes! possible.  

Yasmin

Rodriguez

News

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Testimonials

Read what others have to say about our terrific organization!

My great story is about one student who started off the year poorly and has grown into a strong young woman who is proud of her academic accomplishments. I am in charge of four freshmen girls who have a lot of detentions racked up and are close to repeating freshman year all over again. At the beginning of the second semester, I was given the responsibility of trying to reach these girls and bring them around through a sort of “intervention”. Nothing else was really told to me besides the number of detentions and suspensions each one had. The intervention class was entirely up to me. One girl I already knew, even though I don’t teach freshmen.

She was someone who was seen by the staff as having a terrible attitude and not caring at all about school. We knew she had an older boyfriend who went to a different school, and we all assumed that he was a main reason for her failing classes and skipped detentions. This studentstarted the intervention class in February telling me all about how her teachers “put her on blast”, meaning they put her on the spot everyday in class just because they didn’t like her. I spent a good month trying to figure out a way to convince her that her teachers did not just hate her randomly. Then, at the beginning of the month, this student’s attitude started to change. She started saying “hi” to me in the hallways and I got many reports from her teachers and advisor that she was participating in class and not mouthing off. Two weeks into March, she had not received a single demerit, and was working on not getting any LaSalle homework detentions.

Everyday she runs up to me and tell me about her day, how she had no demerits and how she was going home to do her homework! At the end of March, she has so far received only 2 demerits! It’s been so wonderful to see her transform, not just behaviorally, but also in class and with her peers and teachers. I cannot wait for her to continue to succeed for the rest of the year!

Mentor for Third Quarter Student

FAQ

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