The Dan River Year AmeriCorps program, operated through the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), is dedicated to addressing community needs in Southern Virginia. We mobilize AmeriCorps members in a community-supported environment to build capacity in the region, strengthen community involvement and address pressing needs. AmeriCorps members focus on building the region’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and literacy capacity.

We are seeking Summer STEM Educators who can build and introducing curriculum and activities for students, helping prepare them for middle school by improving their literacy, math and/or STEM skills.

“Working with students this summer has been a privilege, and witnessing their growth and curiosity has been incredibly rewarding. From this experience, I am reminded of the power of education and the importance of inspiring the next generation of innovators. Thank you, AmeriCorps, for providing me with this incredible opportunity to serve and make a difference in the lives of young learners. My time here has been nothing short of life-changing, and I will cherish it always.” Luis Tovar, Dan River Year AmeriCorps, Summer 2023. 

Details

  • Service dates between June – August 2024 
  • Three service locations: 
    • IALR
    • Boys and Girls Club of Danville 
    • Boys and Girls Club of Martinsville 
  • Stipend of $3,600 for 10 weeks
  • Segal Education award of $1,459.26 upon successful completion (must be used within seven years) 

To apply, please send your resume to americorps@ialr.org or call 434-766-6729.

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Opportunities for Fall 2024

The Dan River Year AmeriCorps program also mobilizes members during the academic year. See below for details about school tutors and out-of-school sites. 

School Tutors

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Members will provide direct service to students attending Pittsylvania County Public Schools and Danville Public Schools. All members will receive tutor training prior to placement. Tutors will spend a minimum of 90 minutes a week working with each individual student and/or small groups for a minimum of 10 weeks during the school year. Additionally, members may also work with groups during the school year, aiding in their reading or math classes. Members will also provide support with hands-on activities to generate interest in STEM and deepen STEM knowledge.

Members work with 4th-5th grade students individually and/or small groups. This may vary from day to day and vary by location as we have tutors placed in many Danville and Pittsylvania County elementary schools. The highest needs are in reading and math. Tutors do not come up with the lessons, rather, they listen to the teacher in the classroom and then tutor students in the areas they are struggling in, which may include reading and/or math. Some schools place members in math classroom, in which members work specifically with math, and others in english, in which members work specifically with literacy. Some schools are a combination.

Hours will vary and may range from 20-30 hours/week. Hours are during the school day.

Sites

  • Brosville Elementary School
  • Mount Airy Elementary School
  • Chatham Elementary School
  • Gretna Elementary School
  • Stony Mill Elementary School
  • Gibson Elementary School
  • Schoolfield Elementary School
  • Park Ave. Elementary School

Out-of-school sites

Members will provide direct service to support the Danville Church & Community Based Tutorial (DCBT) students. Members will serve during out-of-school time (OST) hours at the DCBT sites to tutor students in a group and/or one-on-one setting. Members will work to improve students’ literacy, math, and/or STEM skills. This position may require members to travel to multiple service sites throughout the month, leading activities.

Hours range from 5-10 hours per week. Hours may vary between 3–7 p.m. 

Sites

  • Boys & Girls Club Danville
  • Boys & Girls Club Chatham
  • Boys & Girls Club Martinsville
  • Danville Church and Community-Based Tutorial Program
  • Danville Science Center (hours may be day and/or weekend)

IALR also administers a Public Health AmeriCorps program

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