AmeriCorps Competitive Grants
AmeriCorps is a national service network that provides full- and part-time opportunities for participants, called members, to serve their communities and build the capacity of organizations to meet local needs. The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service, New Jersey Department of State, seeks to fund local initiatives and utilize the AmeriCorps model to increase civic engagement and improve New Jersey’s communities by deploying AmeriCorps members to provide services in the six focus areas identified in the Serve America Act.
AmeriCorps Programs Serve NJ Communities
AmeriCorps programs will serve communities throughout New Jersey in the priority areas of education, disaster response, social services, and environmental stewardship.
2015-2016 AmeriCorps Program Summary
About the New Jersey Commission on National & Community Service
The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service was created by Governor Christine Todd Whitman under Executive Order #20 in June 1994. The newly created Corporation for National Service
in Washington invited governors to create state commissions to guide and oversee national service programs in the states.
The Governor designated the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to host the commission and to serve as the administrative and fiscal agent for its AmeriCorps programs. Initial members were appointed to the commission
in June 1994, an executive director was selected in August 1994, and later an office of community services was created within the Division of Field Services.
In 2003, the Commission was transferred to the NJ Department of State, where it is still currently housed.
The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service aims to do the following:
Develop a statewide ethic of service and a comprehensive, coordinated program targeted to the needs of New Jersey and its unique community challenges. The programs will provide opportunities for service that bring diverse people together working for a common cause to get things done in communities, remove barriers and promote respect.
Address the service needs of the state by prioritizing needs and problems, then targeting resources and grants to the priority needs.
Guide the AmeriCorps program and ensure the effectiveness of its components. Develop and nurture partnerships among the education community, health care community, volunteer programs, the business sector, community-based agencies, foundations, state and local government units, cultural groups, youth programs and senior citizen groups that can work to meet the needs of our communities.
Develop a well-planned strategy to ensure public awareness through various public relations approaches, highlighting quantitatively and qualitatively desired outcomes.
Create a stable funding source for national and community service through fund-raising activities, endowments, and corporate funding to supplement other funding from the corporation. Infuse service-learning into the primary, secondary, and post secondary curricula to create future generations of adults committed to community service.
The State Commission is a nonpartisan, Governor-appointed commission. It is hosted by the New Jersey Department of State, Office of Community Services. Its role is to guide and oversee New Jersey’s National Service programs.
Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2015
Tyree Barnes, a native of Newark, NJ and a 2012 graduate of Rider University, returned to Great Oaks Charter School in Newark in 2012 as an AmeriCorps member of the Great Oaks Tutor Corps where he tutored and mentored students in grades 6 - 8.
He is currently a 7th grade math teacher at Great Oaks Charter School where he is able to maintain his connection to the students he served during his Corps year and is making an impact on new students each year.
Aside from teaching, he is continuing his studies at Relay GSE, volunteers his time tutoring middle school students in Orange, NJ, and is the author of a self-published memoir, Good Karma.