Site Spotlight: Oliver Elementary School

How many members are serving at this site? During the 2016-2017 school, there was one Teach For America teacher and AmeriCorps member working at Oliver Elementary School, Bibi Tillery, who was in her first year teaching. In addition, we have 4 Teach For America and AmeriCorps alumni members working at Oliver Elementary School. Another AmeriCorps affiliated program, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, also places members at this site. What is your organization’s goal at this site? Our goal is continue to partner with Oliver Elementary School and Birmingham City Schools to provide excellent teachers where they are needed and positively impact academic outcomes and opportunities available for student

Elizabeth Jackson - Birmingham Engaging in STEM

Why did you join AmeriCorps? "When I first applied to the program it was my hope to help the children I would meet fall in love with reading, as I did at an early age. At that time I didn’t know that the focus of the program had changed to STEM. Science is my passion, but to get through it you need a strong foundation in math. I want to help the children I tutor learn to enjoy math so that later they can find even greater enjoyment in science. The mission of BETA is one that I strongly believe and look forward to watching the future success." What is your favorite part of national service? "I really enjoy seeing the children’s eyes light up when they finally understand a concept and seeing

Viny Memula - IMPACT Alabama

Why AmeriCorps? "I wanted to have an opportunity to actively work in the community before I applied to graduate school." Favorite part of service? "I love interacting with the little kids on FocusFirst screenings and coaching a middle school debate team!" Favorite thing to do when you aren't serving? "I like playing going to the gym and playing basketball." Favorite snack? "POPCORN." Favorite soda? "Pepsi." What are your plans after AmeriCorps? "I hope to get into medical school."

Che J. Hatter - YWCA of Central Alabama

Why did you join AmeriCorps? "I have a background in social justice work, and I wanted to utilize my experience to benefit my hometown." What is your favorite part of service? "I'm partnered with an organization addressing poverty and homelessness. My service site deals with a wide range of issues, because housing is a foundation for community and building a healthy community means empowering people who are experiencing homelessness. So I have the opportunity to impact folks from a multitude of backgrounds while engaging in issues that I'm passionate about." What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not serving? "I like going to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society to pet kittens." Fav

Site Spotlight: W. O. Parmer Summer Camp

How many members are serving at this site? We have two members serving at this site. What is your organizations goal at this site? During the summer the AmeriCorps members serve in classrooms on a rotational basis performing interventional activities in reading and math. Because of the Summer Camp theme, members also participate in arts, crafts, drama and recreational activities during the day. What is something exciting that has happened at this site? In July, the entire Summer Camp will travel to Atlanta to visit the Georgia Aquarium. The visit will definitely be the highlight after studying fish science (Ichthyology) each day in the classroom.

Site Spotlight: Norwood Resource Center

How many members are serving at this site? We currently have 3 Americorps service members. What is your organizations goal at this site? Our core focus is to improve the livelihood and quality of life in all of the families we serve. \ What is something exciting that has happened at this site? We recently received a grant that will change the lives of 10 families!

Site Spotlight: Martha Gaskins Elementary School

How many members are serving at this site? We have two members serving at Martha Gaskins Elementary. What is your organizations goal at this site? The goal of BETA is to ensure 200 urban students are proficient in mathematical and scientific concepts by year end. What is something exciting that has happened at this site? The students have thoroughly enjoyed practicing math fluency skills with Ms. Harris and all of their scores have increased tremendously.

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