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B*E*S*T AmeriCorps Program in partnership with home, community, and the Lancaster County School Districe prepares elementary students to achieve their fullest potential. This is accomplished throughout a tutoring program, which provides the students equal access to diverse educational opportunities and to all available resources in a safe and supportive environment. As a result of the one on one tutoring the students become lifelong learners and contributing members of a changing society. We are also dedicated to developing our AmeriCorps members to their fullest potential so they to become lifelong learner's and contributing members of a changing society. This is accomplished by providing the members with on-going training and opportunities to help them acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to complete their service successfully and to become more employable. Members also become more aware of the needs in the community and are enabled to become educational leaders and active citizens of their communities. The B*E*S*T AmeriCorps Program sponsors and annual literacy fair with community partners and participates in service learning projects throughout the year in school and the community. We believe in ? Getting Things Done".
AmeriCorps Members serve 900 hours Monday through Thursday from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM. One Friday a month is required training Members tutor elementary students for thirty minute sessions in math and reading each day. They receive a monthly stipend divided by nine months (Sept to may Payroll) Once the 900 hours are complete and the member is in good standing they also receive an educational award that it used to pay back student loans or to further their education. Members need to be high school graduates and preferably highly qualified, if they are not highly qualified they will go through testing and training to become highly qualified.
- Mary Wise
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