Program Mission and Goals
ShreveCorps is an AmeriCorps National Service program operated by Shreveport Green. Through this program, ShreveCorps members address community health issues through team-based service. The program is committed to building an ethic of service among people from diverse backgrounds; to forming a corps of informed, active adults trained and committed to addressing local community concerns; and to providing its members with the motivation and financial resources to pursue further educational and career goals.
Members address food deserts by educating children about gardening and healthy eating through games, songs, science experiments, cooking labs, and hands-on gardening experiences.
A ShreveCorps member's duties are as follows:
- Complete a term of service, including minimum number of service hours
- Teach children key steps to take toward healthier lifestyles
- Cultivate community gardens in local food desert neighborhoods
- Assist in the recruitment and training of volunteers as well as new members
While no experience is necessary, all ShreveCorps members must exhibit the following skills, attitudes, and behaviors to successfully complete the program:
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Display pride in ShreveCorps membership
- Work as a team with individuals from diverse backgrounds
- Work outdoors in the elements
- Communicate patiently, politely, and effectively with both adults and children
- Serve as a positive, knowledgeable, and kind role model for children
- Learn and progress toward becoming a self-sufficient gardener and community educator
- Practice sound health habits to effectively perform the position requirements
ShreveCorps is national award-winning program and has been recognized by President Clinton, Governor Blanco, Louisiana Senators Breaux and Landrieu, Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), and the American Association of State Service Commissions (ASC) as one of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps Programs in the United States. Visit the AmeriCorps website for more information on AmeriCorps programs.
ShreveCorps members receive a modest living allowance while participating in the program as well as an education award upon completion of the program. This award may be used to help pay off student loans or to finance college, graduate school, or vocational training. Beyond these benefits, members will learn new skills, take on new responsibilities, and know the satisfaction of making a difference in their community, their state, and their nation. Click here for more information on the education award.
If you think ShreveCorps is right for you or someone you know, please contact us to begin the application process:
- Emilie Harmeyer
- ShreveCorps Program Director
- 318-219-1888 Ext. 14
- Lauren Jones
- ShreveCorps Member Manager
- 318-219-1888 Ext. 12
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