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July 16, 2010 - Oklahoma Campus Compact Awarded AmeriCorps Grant  RSS feed

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Promotes College Student Volunteering at Nonprofit Agencies

Oklahoma Campus Compact will receive a $187,265 AmeriCorps grant in partnership with Washington Campus Compact to continue and expand Students in Service, a part-time AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The Students in Service program supports the recruitment of college students to volunteer in their communities—helping to increase the capacity of local nonprofit agencies and schools and meeting critical needs in communities. In return, college students earn a modest education award to help offset their educational expenses.

“The State Regents applaud Oklahoma Campus Compact for its endeavors to expand students’ awareness of their civic responsibilities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “By fostering service learning, our students will make a difference in the lives of others by consistently giving back to their communities.”

The Students in Service program currently operates in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington and will expand to 13 other states across the country, including Oklahoma. More than 3,700 college students will participate nationally in the program and will contribute approximately 1.4 million hours of service to their local communities. Through the Students in Service program, Oklahoma college student volunteers will be eligible to earn $1,132 upon successful completion of a term of service. More than $5.1 million in education awards is available annually.

In Oklahoma, 150 Students in Service members at five participating higher education campuses will mentor, coach and provide services to disadvantaged youth and host service projects related to the environment and human services. OkCC estimates that students at Oklahoma colleges and universities will volunteer more than 45,000 hours during this year, contributing in excess of $900,000 worth of community development support and nearly $170,000 in scholarships.

Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities that develops college students’ awareness and skills in civic responsibility through service learning, community service and civic engagement. Thirty-four states have Campus Compact offices. OkCC was formed in 2000 and currently has 33 participating public and private colleges and universities.