AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help meet critical community needs. AmeriCorps members serve through thousands of nonprofit groups, public agencies and faith-based organizations across the country. They address areas of education, health, the environment, disaster services, veterans and economic opportunity. Since 2008, the Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership has partnered with the Maryland - D.C. Campus Compact to engage Towson University students, faculty, and staff in service to the community through AmeriCorps programs.
The “America Counts” initiative at Towson University is a structured program offering mathematics tutoring to children in grades 6-8 at nearby schools as well as at a facility of the Department of Juvenile Services. Through this initiative, the Math Department, the Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership, and the America Counts Community Sites collaborate to recruit, train, and support Towson students as math tutors for middle school students.
University tutors work one-to-one with middle school students who have been selected by their school administrators and teachers. The goal of the program is to help the middle school students increase their confidence and enjoyment of mathematics through improving their number sense and mathematics understanding. In addition to math tutoring, Towson University students strive to cultivate a relationship with each of the middle school students and become a positive role model. The one-on-one relationships developed between tutor and student have been touted by principals and teachers as helping to curb discipline problems, improve self-esteem, and improve students attitude to and proficiency with mathematics. Due to this experience, many of the middle school students now see post-secondary education in their future.
Students who have Federal Work Study as part of their financial aid package get paid to tutor. Students without FWS can volunteer for service hours and have the opportunity to impact the lives of the youth in a positive way. To sign up please email americacounts AT_TOWSON.
College Readiness Outreach Program
College Readiness Outreach Program (CROP) connects 9th graders from Baltimore City Public High Schools with TU students who serve as mentors that provide a series of college readiness workshops. Local underrepresented students are provided an opportunity to build a solid plan around how to matriculate successfully through high school then college. College students volunteer to facilitate individual or group sessions sharing their experiences, encouraging academic persistence, and helping students rethink what success means for them.
To join us, please contact India Leach at ileach AT_TOWSON