Tennessee AmeriCorps Programs

AmeriCorps Tennessee 2016-2017 Program Descriptions

East Tennessee

AmeriCorps*Building Futures – AIM Center: Chattanooga
AIM Center AmeriCorps members will help address the stigma of mental illness while serving at the AIM Center. Members will holistically address the basic human needs for meaningful relationships, self-sufficiency and community reintegration for people in the greater Chattanooga area with a psychiatric diagnosis.

Contact: Rhonda Jacks Moore              Email: rhondajacks@aimcenterinc.org

Phone: 423-702-8012                                Website: www.aimcenterinc.org

Appalachia CARES – Clinch-Powell RC& DC: Rutledge / Greeneville area
The Appalachia CARES program is a school and community-based service-learning program which promotes COMMUNITY, ACTION, RESPONSIBILITY, EDUCATION, and SERVICE as program cornerstones. Appalachia CARES engages its members in direct service with youth and community volunteers in primarily rural areas in middle and east Tennessee counties in partnership with community-based organizations and local schools. The overall goal of the program is to impact participants through service-learning.

Contact: Trenna Brown                     Email: appalachiacares@clinchpowell.net

Phone: 423-620-3456                       Website: www.clinchpowell.net/content/appalachia-cares

CAC AmeriCorps - Knoxville- Knox County Community Action Committee: Knoxville
CAC AmeriCorps is Tennessee’s only environmental corps. Members serve youth and adults by facilitating environmental education by using service-learning curricula.

Contact: Jason Scott                     Email: jason.scott@knoxcac.org

Phone: 865-546-3500                  Website: www.cacamericorps.org

Community Cares – Tennessee Community Assistance Corporation: Morristown/various sites across Tennessee
Members assist frail seniors and persons with disabilities by direct, in-home assistance so that the residents can remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Contact: Shandi Hill Email: shandi@tcac1.org
Phone: 423-586-7636 x313 Website: www.tcac1.org

Making Veterans Priority (MVP) – Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation: Morristown/various sites across Tennessee
MVP AmeriCorps members will provide a wide array of services for veterans and their families that are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless due to lack of income, physical and/or mental health issues, disabilities, trauma, substance abuse, and weak social networks.  The goal is to allow them to improve their quality of life, while giving them the resources, respect and encouragement they deserve to live a more productive and fulfilling life.

Contact: Shandi Hill Email: shandi@tcac1.org
Phone: 423-586-7636 x313 Website: www.tcac1.org


Project Inspire – Public Education Foundation: Chattanooga
Project Inspire is an urban teacher residency program that serves students in grades 4-12 in Chattanooga’s high-need public schools. Its mission is to develop mathematically and scientifically literate teachers and students who confidently reason and communicate using the habits that drive meaningful STEM learning. The program does this by recruiting and training smart, motivated college graduates and career-changers to serve as teachers in the math and science classrooms where they’re needed most.

Contact: Mark Neal                              Email: mneal@projectinspiretn.org

Phone: 423-668-2439                         Website: www.projectinspiretn.org

T.E.A.M. – Emerald Youth Foundation: Knoxville
T.E.A.M. AmeriCorps members serve inner city children and youth by leading diverse after-school activities: academic, enrichment, leadership, recreational activities, and mentoring alongside the staff of a faith-based organization to show young people that they can be leaders and change their circumstances.

Contact: Rachel Davis                              Email: rdavis@emeraldyouth.org

Phone: 865-637-3227    ext. 112          Website: www.emeraldyouth.org      


Middle Tennessee

Hands On Nashville: Nashville
AmeriCorps members will support critical community needs associated with Disaster Services, Capacity Building, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Environmental Stewardship.  AmeriCorps members will be responsible for completing projects, working with refugee families, increasing youth's knowledge to help them do better in school, and much more.  In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 2,000+ volunteers.

Contact: Leah Holt                                   Email: leah@hon.org   

Phone: 615-298-1108 x415                   Website: www.hon.org

Relay New Teacher Pathway – Relay Graduate School of Education: Nashville and Memphis
AmeriCorps members participate in the innovative teacher preparation program, the Relay New Teacher Pathway (RNTP), in Nashville and Memphis. .

Contact: Alessandra Echeverria                         Email: aecheverria@relay.edu

Phone: 516-647-0684                                        Website: www.relay.edu

Teach For America: Greater Nashville
Teach For America believes that all children deserve the opportunity to attain an excellent education. They recruit, train and place outstanding teacher leaders into classrooms serving low-income children throughout Cheatham and Davidson County.

Contact: Rachel Tompkins                    Email: rachel.tompkins@teachforamerica.org

Phone: 615-242-6263 ext. 40137        Website: nashville.teachforamerica.org

THRIVE – Martha O’Bryan Center: Nashville
AmeriCorps members serve at Martha O'Bryan Center in the youth development program, THRIVE.  Members will help young people change their futures by mentoring youth in local schools assisting the youth to succeed in school. AmeriCorps members also participate in our after school tutorials, generate excitement about learning and community service and work to encourage parent participation. Members also work with adult GED students.

Contact: Tracy   Pecher                             Email: tpecher@marthaobryan.org

Phone: 615-254-1791 ext. 130                Website: www.marthaobryan.org

West Tennessee        

Bridge Builders ® Expansion- BRIDGES USA, Inc.: Memphis
BRIDGES' mission is to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice. Bridge Builders ® Expansion addresses key needs facing Memphis area youth in grades 6-12 through experiential learning and the facilitation of our Bridge Builders ® curriculum that targets low academic performance and graduation rate, low rate of cultural competency and low rate of opportunity for meaningful civic engagement.

Contact: Dana Wilson                      Email: dwilson@bridgesusa.org

Phone: 901-260-3790                      Website: www.bridgesusa.org

City Year Memphis

City Year Memphis AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing whole school services to approximately 600 students and individualized services to 130 students in two Memphis public schools.

Contact: Megan Heron                    Email: mheron10@cityyear.org

Phone: 210-264-9688                      Website: www.cityyear.org

Generations – Porter Leath: Memphis

AmeriCorps members serve in Head Start centers, promoting physical fitness and education for low-income and at-risk children through physical education activities.  Members also teach these activities to parents so that they can implement them in the home, leading to a greater understanding of physical development, increasing school readiness and promoting an active lifestyle.

Contact: Judy Rautine                                  Email: jrautine@porterleath.org

Phone: 901-577-2500 x1128                     Website: www.porterleath.org

Impact America - Impact: An Alabama Student Service Initiative: Memphis
Impact America - Tennessee AmeriCorps members will implement substantive service-learning projects related to health and economic opportunity primarily in the Memphis area.  AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing free vision screenings and subsidized follow up care to 11,000 low-income children; and preparing tax returns for 1,200 low-income families.  In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 140 college student volunteers who will be engaged in conducting vision screenings and assisting with free tax preparation at three to four IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

Contact: Cat Monaco                                   Email: cmonaco@impactamerica.com

Phone: 630-930-4921                                  Website: www.impactamerica.com

Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) – Memphis Teacher Residency: Memphis
MTR recruits outstanding leaders as co-teachers for Memphis' most academically-challenged public schools. Our mission is to positively impact student achievement in Memphis urban schools by recruiting, training and supporting outstanding teachers. All members are placed in Memphis' Title I schools that have an enrollment that is more than 50% Free or Reduced Price Lunch assisted.

Contact: Suzanne Oates               Email:    suzanne@memphistr.org

Phone: 901-485-8109                    Website: www.MemphisTR.org

One Child At A Time – Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center: Jackson
One Child At A Time AmeriCorps members help prevent child abuse and provide assistance to abused children and their families in West Tennessee. Members are mentors and role models to children, recruit new volunteers, and provide educational and emergency assistance.

Contact: Micah Watson                Email: mtino@carlperkinscenter.org

Phone: 731-668-4000                   Website: www.carlperkinscenter.org

Teach For America: Memphis
Teach For America believes that all children deserve the opportunity to attain an excellent education. They recruit, train and place outstanding teacher leaders into classrooms serving low-income children throughout Memphis and Shelby County.

Contact: Amber Huett-Garcia                    Email: amber.huett-garcia@teachforamerica.org

Phone: 901-527-7510 ext. x36150           Website: memphis.teachforamerica.org


Volunteer Tennessee AmeriCorps Program Staff

Zanquetta Gray Marianne Sierocinski
Deputy Director of Programs AmeriCorps Program Manager
(615) 253-6313 (615) 253-0652
zanquetta.gray@tn.gov marianne.sierocinski@tn.gov