PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Students at 6 Maine schools are going to be getting some extra attention, thanks to a 2.2 million dollar AmeriCorps Grant that targets under-performing schools.
The grant was awarded to Learningworks, which will recruit and coordinate the 216 AmeriCorps members who will descend on these Maine schools: Ellsworth, Sumner , Spruce Mountain, and Carrabec High Schools and 2 elementary schools : East End and Riverton in Portland.
Ethan Strimling, Learningworks CEO, says the AmeriCorps workers will offer students one on one tutoring and extra help before and after school. They will work to get communities to support their schools, and parents to be more involved in their childrens' education.
The goal: to improve attendance, achievement and graduation rates.
Now Learningworks will begin recruiting AmeriCorps members here in Maine.
Anyone 17 and older can apply. They will earn money for college. For example, High School seniors who sign up and work the minimum 300 hours, will gets 11 hundred dollars in awards. Full timers who work the maximum 17 hundred hours over the course of the school year, will get 5500 dollars to apply toward college.
If you are interested, to can send an e-mail to email@example.com. Learningworks will also be posting the positions on servingschools.com and JobsInMe.com.