Press Releases

Serve Wisconsin Recaps Outstanding 2016-2017 Program Year


Serve Wisconsin releases 2016-2017 Annual Report highlighting the accomplishments of AmeriCorps in Wisconsin.


MADISON, WI - Governor Scott Walker congratulates the 748 Wisconsin AmeriCorps members who completed over 910,000 hours of service for Wisconsin and whose dedication to service profoundly impacted local communities as shown by the outstanding achievements detailed in the annual report such as 3,607 students improving their academic performance, 3,191 homeless youth returning home or to a safe alternative and 239 economically disadvantaged students enrolling in college.
 
AmeriCorps' impact goes beyond these incredible results. AmeriCorps shapes young adults personally and professionally, starting them on the journey to becoming the future leaders of Wisconsin. AmeriCorps members gain valuable work experience in areas including communications, leadership and project management while serving others and experiencing firsthand the importance of community.
 
The annual report also showcases the service reflections of three Wisconsin AmeriCorps members including Liam Krueger, an AmeriCorps member with Milwaukee Christian Center Youth Build. An excerpt from his reflection reads "I can't express how much of an impact AmeriCorps service has had on me. I am no longer so shy. I can step up and talk to anyone. I am proud to look people in the eye, because I know I have made a contribution to my community, and I will always be willing to step up and volunteer, because I have learned that is how to get things done."
 
To learn more about the 2016-2017 program year, including AmeriCorps program descriptions and service photos, view the annual report here.
 
Download the print version of this press release: Press Release, 2016-2017 Annual Report



2018 ASC, Mott Foundation Afterschool Grant Press Release


Serve Wisconsin Among Eight States Selected to Receive Afterschool Grants from ASC, Mott Foundation

New program development initiative will expand afterschool opportunities through AmeriCorps in Wisconsin


MADISON, WI- Wisconsin will be better poised to expand out-of-school time opportunities for youth at a statewide level, thanks to new funding that has been awarded to Serve Wisconsin from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in partnership with America's Service Commissions (ASC).

The Mott Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to ASC in September for a multi-year initiative to identify how the state service commission network can expand afterschool opportunities through national service, such as AmeriCorps.

As part of the initiative, ASC has selected eight state service commissions, including Serve Wisconsin, to receive $12,500 mini-grants. Funding will support staff and consultant time to develop a better understanding of the local afterschool landscape and identify potential paths for developing national service programming that will expand the quality and quantity of afterschool opportunities in their respective states.

In addition to Wisconsin, the following states were selected to receive this funding:

    •    Idaho: Serve Idaho
    •    Indiana: Serve Indiana
    •    Iowa: Volunteer Iowa
    •    Kansas: Kansas Volunteer Commission
    •    Maine: Maine Commission for Community Service
    •    Rhode Island: Serve Rhode Island
    •    West Virginia: Volunteer West Virginia

In Wisconsin, the funding will allow Serve Wisconsin to work with the Wisconsin Afterschool Network to enhance and expand the impact of AmeriCorps placements and national service resources by conducting an asset mapping project that will support the creation of an afterschool programing/out-of-school time (ASP/OST) data warehouse and dashboard effort that will: 

  • Identify gaps in afterschool programs that Serve Wisconsin will help fill by working with community organizations
  • Further investigate and generate new definitions of quality afterschool programming by engaging new communities and stakeholders, especially those from traditionally underrepresented communities to help afterschool programs provide quality programing
  • Determine those programs most in need of additional support and the type of support needed
  • Lead to statewide policies that secure resources that will sustain new and existing afterschool programs
  • Identify how service learning is being used in after school programing and how it can be used

These outcomes will further align effective AmeriCorps recruitment and placement by:

  • Better detailing the responsibilities of each staff member to deliver quality ASP/OST programing
  • Clarifying procedures and documentation needed for new member applications, placements, interviews, and offers to create maximum impact matches
  • Specifying the responsibilities of the umbrella organization, individual programs, and sponsors
  • Identifying areas that lack after-school programing that would be suitable AmeriCorps sites

Serve Wisconsin will also receive support from America’s Service Commissions, through monthly learning community calls, ongoing coaching, and a yearly convening for the states receiving grants.

“We are honored to have been selected for this important afterschool initiative,” said Jeanne Duffy, Serve Wisconsin’s Executive Director. “With ASC’s support and Mott Foundation's strong connections to afterschool networks, we are confident that we can make a real difference for a lot of young people in Wisconsin through AmeriCorps and national service programming.”

“We are excited to partner with Serve Wisconsin on this effort, and to help support the future expansion of afterschool opportunities and AmeriCorps programming in Wisconsin,” said ASC CEO Kaira Esgate.
In addition to supporting states, ASC will work with the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks and other key stakeholders to develop new strategies around afterschool program development over the next two years.

Through this effort, ASC believes that the project will lead to an increased understanding between state service commissions and statewide afterschool networks about how to leverage national service and AmeriCorps resources in support of high-quality afterschool opportunities nationwide.
For more information on this initiative, visit statecommissions.org/afterschool.

Download the print version of this press release: Press Release ASC, Mott Foundation Afterschool Grant.pdf



2017 ​Opening Ceremonies Media Advisory


Wisconsin Joins Nationwide AmeriCorps Opening Ceremonies

350 AmeriCorps members will take the AmeriCorps member pledge kicking-off their year of service in Wisconsin.


Madison, Wisconsin – On October 10th, a new class of Wisconsin AmeriCorps members will pledge to “get things done for America” as part of nationwide swearing-in ceremonies.

WHEN: October 10, 12:00 pm. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Building Rotunda, Madison, WI
WHAT: Swearing In of AmeriCorps Members
WHO: New AmeriCorps Members, AmeriCorps Alums & Friends of AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps members provide intensive, results-driven service to meet education, environmental, health, economic, and other pressing needs in communities across Wisconsin. AmeriCorps is a cost‐effective solution to America’s toughest problems. AmeriCorps expands education and economic opportunity while strengthening the impact of our nation’s nonprofits.

Since 1994, more than 23,000 Wisconsin residents have served more than 35 million hours and have qualified for education scholarships totaling more than $86 million.

Serve Wisconsin works with AmeriCorps programs throughout the state of Wisconsin to addresses human, educational, environmental, public safety and homeland security needs. AmeriCorps members are given the opportunity to enrich the lives of the people and communities they serve and their own lives through professional and personal development. Serve Wisconsin is governed by 21-member citizen body appointed by Governor Walker. For more information visit www.wiamericorps.com/.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information visit www.nationalservice.gov.

Download the print version of this media advisory: 2017 Opening Ceremonies Media Advisory.pdf