The Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement, located
at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be graduating 46
of its Campus Link AmeriCorps members during a statewide AmeriCorps
graduation ceremony at the Clarion Hotel in Jackson July 18 at 1:30
is a network of national service programs that engage participants
each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education,
public safety, health, and the environment. This year more than
1,300 individuals are serving in Mississippi communities as AmeriCorps
of the Campus Link AmeriCorps program is to improve lives by promoting
partnerships between campuses and communities and to engage students
and other citizens in service that addresses important social concerns.
Students from various colleges and universities throughout the state
serve as Campus Link AmeriCorps members, mentoring middle school
students at school sites and after-school programs.
from The University of Southern Mississippi Campus Link AmeriCorps
Team said of her experiences in the program, "Mentoring helped
me to uncover my strengths. Once they were revealed, I shared them."
class of Campus Link AmeriCorps members have mentored more than
500 middle school children at school sites and after-school programs,
completed 127 community service projects across the state, generated
more than 2,000 volunteers who have logged more than 7,000 volunteer
hours, and more than 300 parent volunteers who have assisted in
programs/projects related to their children.
One of the
projects included a Freedom Summer project AmeriCorps members at
Southern Miss organized, where students from the Hattiesburg area
toured the former Eureka School on Mobile Street, listened to different
Freedom Summer participants and engaged in other learning activities
about the civil rights movement.
members at East Central Community College organized a Spread Some
Amore project where kids created Valentine's Day cards for local
nursing home residents and spent time delivering these cards and
spending time with the residents. AmeriCorps members at Mississippi
State University hosted "Bulldog Benefit: A Saturday of Service,"
where volunteers painted local middle schools and homes of the elderly
and picked up trash throughout Oktibbeha County.
from the Mississippi Delta Community College Campus Link AmeriCorps
team said "Campus Link has inspired me and encouraged me to
do good and positive things that I might not have done in life if
it had not been for my involvement with the CampusLink program."
1993, AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National and Community
Service. The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service has awarded
a number of AmeriCorps grants to the Mississippi Center for Community
and Civic Engagement, including the Campus Link AmeriCorps program.
is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, and lawful permanent residents
age 17 or older. Members serve full- or part-time during a 10- to
12-month period. Full-time members receive an education award of
$4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back student
loans. They also receive health insurance, training, and student
loan deferments. About half of the members also receive a modest
annual living allowance of about $9,600, along with health insurance.
been a great lesson of trust for me and for the students,"
said Michael Strawberry from Alcorn State University's Campus Link
AmeriCorps team. "I say that because I learned from them how
to better trust my fellow man and to watch them trust me into showing
them options for their futures."
serve part-time receive a partial education award. If you would
like to volunteer as an AmeriCorps member, visit the national AmeriCorps
site at www.americorps.org,
call the Campus Link office at (601) 266-5205, or visit the Web
site at www.ccce.usm.edu.