CEISMC receives AmeriCorps funding to help mentor and tutor Atlanta students

Sept. 5, 2023 - Atlanta, GA

Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) is one of 20 recipients statewide of federal AmeriCorps funding provided by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Georgia Serves. With $172,790 in funding, CEISMC will lead the Georgia Tech AmeriCorps Academic Mentoring Program in which a group of AmeriCorps learning support coordinators will be hired to serve as mentors and tutors of math, reading, and English language arts for students in three Atlanta Public Schools during the 2023-2024 academic year and the Horizons at Georgia Tech program next summer.

“We are excited to be recipients of an AmeriCorps award from Georgia Serves,” said Director for Expanded Learning Programs Sirocus Barnes, who serves as co-principal investigator of the grant. “This award allows us to continue to expand access and provide additional academic, social, and emotional supports to students in metro-Atlanta through CEISMC Expanded Learning Programs.”

AmeriCorps, a federal agency that leads U.S. volunteering and service efforts, engages millions of Americans from all backgrounds to serve directly with organizations across the country to tackle local challenges. The grants, totally over $6.6 million, will enable 651 AmeriCorps members to serve Georgia communities through the recipient organizations to address issues such as education, safe and affordable housing, and economic opportunities.

“As a former AmeriCorps service member in the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois program, I recall the value of working directly with schools and the wonderful professional development opportunities available to us,” said Academic Professional Rayne Bozeman, who also serves as co-principal investigator of the grant.

Educational Outreach Coordinator Ebony Minter completes the CEISMC AmeriCorps team and will directly supervise the AmeriCorps members as well as work alongside AmeriCorps members and school communities to ensure the members are providing the best service possible to meet the needs of the students.

“As an Atlanta native, I attended schools where AmeriCorps members made a significant impact on my life. Their influence has been truly remarkable. Now, working at Georgia Tech, this feels like coming full circle,” Minter said. “I'm thrilled to be able to contribute to strengthening the STEM education pipeline for students who are most affected by opportunity gaps in Atlanta. It's an honor to be a part of this meaningful journey.”

—Angelica Jones, CEISMC Communications