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Since 1994, inspired people from across America have brought to St. Louis their enthusiasm, their talents and a commitment to serve their country. AmeriCorps St. Louis has distinguished itself as one of the leading AmeriCorps programs in the nation through a long and impressive history, recruiting nearly one hundred Members each year to serve in urban St. Louis schools or as part of an Emergency Response Team. In return, Members have received a small living allowance to meet their basic needs and an educational award of $5,350 . . . and a chance to change America for the better. In all, AmeriCorps St. Louis Members have committed more than two million hours of service – getting things done for St. Louis and the nation.
The impact of AmeriCorps St. Louis on the region, on its Members, and on those who benefit from its services, is profound. Hundreds of students who may otherwise fall through the cracks here in St. Louis are given an academic foundation. Teachers’ efforts are buoyed through the support of tutors who provide the one-on-one attention that so many young people need. Our region’s natural habitats are preserved for future generations by the Emergency Response Team. Communities, neighborhoods and agencies are organized into new collaborations to provide more effective disaster preparedness programs. Families in their darkest hours are given relief after a disaster strikes.
And for those who serve as AmeriCorps Members, the desire to give back does not end after one year. Former members are significantly more likely than their counterparts to enter careers in public service, many devoting their lives to teaching in public schools, military service, natural resource conservation, or social work. The St. Louis region benefits from the many alums of our program that remain in the area, revitalizing the city through their commitment to the community and its residents.