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2017-2018 MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA
Project Abstracts


MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Project: The Maryland-DC Campus Compact (MDCCC) AmeriCorps VISTA Leader will work directly with the 25 members placed at higher education institutions across the Maryland-DC region to encourage and promote the expansion of service and quality campus-community partnerships.

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Project: The American University/SOUL (Student-Athletes Organized to Understand Leadership) project expands the capacity of SOUL to positively impact the lives of at least 100 DC youth by developing and implementing best practices for volunteer recruitment and management of corporate, college, and high school volunteers.

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Project: The BCCC/Refugee Youth project promotes economic growth and post-secondary education for refugee teens through the ArtWorks program, an arts-based social enterprise. The project focuses on increasing employment opportunities, increasing understanding of financial literacy, and providing a safe and structured environment for youth to reconnect to cultural traditions.

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Bowie State University

Project: The Bowie Mentoring Empowerment Network (MEN) project creates a pipeline of mentoring support services for elementary through college aged African-American boys, teens, and men in the Baltimore/Washington community. This project will create a “support success” pipeline for black, male students starting in grade school through beginning a career, post graduate studies, or the military.

Catholic University of America

Project: The Justice for Juniors @ The Catholic University of America program will create a mentoring program on the campus of The Catholic University of America with the youth currently in transition from the Washington, DC Youth Services Centers (YSC). The mentorship program will be focused on ethical and critical dialogue, community building as well as life, workforce, and college preparedness skills.

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Chesapeake College

Project: The CHESAPEAKE/REACH OUT REACH UP provides resources and support for adult learners within the five-county (shore) region who live at or below the poverty level to help them pursue postsecondary education. Reach Out Reach Up partners with the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board to target, engage, and support un-and under-employed community members.

Community College of Baltimore County

Project: The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Pathways to College, Career & Civic Readiness (PC3R) program assuages the adverse impact of poverty by providing college students and low-income youth learning resources and civic engagement opportunities in support of their academic success and future career success.

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Frederick Community College

Project: The English Learner Transition and Completion Initiative (ELLTCI) is the result of a commitment to ensure that outreach and programming meet the needs of English Language Learners by developing messaging and support systems that engage the interests of immigrants, their families, and their communities.

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Frostburg State University

Project: The After-School Connections program connects middle school students and college students to engage in academic enrichment activities focused around college, career, and civic readiness.

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Garrett College

Project: The Garrett College/Students In Need Group (SING) project expands grocery and clothing assistance, wellness education, financial literacy and educational workshops to benefit over 600 first-generation students and Garrett County community beneficiaries. By partnering with Garrett County social service agencies, the SING project will directly impact individuals living at or below poverty level.

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Hood College

Project: The MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA position will develop a comprehensive program centered in Frederick City’s faith-based community to provide fresh, healthy food, increase the knowledge and ability of local community members to garden their own culturally-appropriate produce in order to reduce the effects of food insecurity for city residents.

Johns Hopkins University

Project: The Community Resource Connections Program is an economic development program to connect youth who are low-income residents and job-seekers with resources to develop greater financial stability through workforce and financial literacy opportunities.

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Loyola University Maryland

Project: The Loyola MDCCC VISTA project will serve to prepare two low-income African American and historically divided communities’ youth to learn safely together in a newly merged and rebuilt public school. With an Educational focus, this project will develop and implement mediation resources and practices for long-term youth and family success. The MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA member will build relationships between leaders of the divided neighborhood and school families and research best practice anti-violence and community building programming.

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Maryland-DC Campus Compact P20 CONNECTS

Project: The P20 CONNECTS program will build local K12, higher education, and community-based organization coalitions to improve college, career, and civic readiness among students – particularly those in poverty – by engaging students in multi-grade level service-learning activities that address local needs.

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Morgan State University

Project: Office of Community Service program participants come from all over Baltimore City and are primarily African American and low-income. Through the Enhancing Opportunities for Educational Success (EOES) project, the Office of Community Service will be able to bring on-site tutoring to the K-8 students at Monarch Academy Public Charter School in Northeast Baltimore City and host the schools’ students in a mentoring program on the Morgan State University campus.

Prince George's Community College

Project: The PGCC/Financial Coaching project expands the financial capability of residents of Prince George’s County through financial services, which include financial coaching, tax preparation, and financial workshops. The project creates, develops and expands a comprehensive Financial Coaching program by developing community partnerships, creating a structured program model, and recruiting and training volunteers.

Towson University

Project: The America Reads/America Counts Projects at Towson University will address the needs of Baltimore City elementary and middle school students to achieve grade level learning in mathematics and language arts. The MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA member will restructure TU’s America Counts program and the “TUTORS” (America Reads) program into an integrated and larger America Reads/America Counts program by transitioning the existing programs, strengthening both programs, and expanding to new middle and elementary schools.

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Universities at Shady Grove

Project: Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) is a partnership with Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery County Public Schools, and Montgomery College to address poverty by increasing baccalaureate degree attainment among underrepresented students, especially African American and Hispanic youth. Out of this, USG created the Career Experiences Opportunity program to give students work experience. The MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA will design intervention pathways for both programs.

University of Baltimore

Project: The University of Baltimore Campus Pantry aims to provide timely, healthy, and nutritious food to University of Baltimore students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing food insecurity as a result of economic hardship. In addition to providing food that meets an immediate need, this project will also provide educational resources to alleviate long-term hunger and poverty.

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Project: The Office of Military and Veterans Student Services (OMVSS) is dedicated to serving the University of the District of Columbia’s veteran students and the community. OMVSS seeks to address the broad range of educational, economic, social and mental healthcare needs of the University of the District of Columbia’s veteran community by building strategic partnerships with other public and private organizations, creating veteran-centered policy initiatives, and developing strong relationships with the veteran community.


Project: UMB’s Community Engagement Center aims to provide a central location where residents in UMB’s surrounding communities can access services and programs of the campus and its partners that will improve outcomes for local residents. UMB has and will continue to seek input from community stakeholders through a variety of methods to obtain community input regarding appropriate programming to be offered by the Center

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Project: The UMBC/Refugee Youth Project College Access Mentoring Program will create and implement a near-peer college access mentoring program between high school refugee students and UMBC volunteers. By engaging students and parents in college readiness workshops and activities, the project will increase the number of refugee youth that successfully enroll in four-year institutions.

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Project: This project is a partnership between the University of Maryland and CASA which will work to bring low-income members of the immigrant community out of poverty. The MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA will create and implement engagement workshops for parents and students as well as create a sustainable volunteer pipeline for these programs to continue.

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Project: The program will help build the capacity of the University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors (SAFE Center) to provide economic empowerment opportunities for its clients, and its capacity to recruit and organize volunteers.

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Project: The UMES/ Garland Hayward Youth Center Community Empowerment project improves the scholastic achievements and civic engagement of Eastern Shore youth by building critical community support systems which increase K-12 students’ access and success in their high school, college, career, and civic engagement trajectory.

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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, Eastern Shore Vet Connect

Project: The UMES Vet Connect initiative is designed to assist and provide solutions to increase and improve the quality of life and welfare of military veterans and their dependents. This community-level effort will directly support military service members, veterans and their families by addressing critical issues and needs including: Financial and Legal Assistance, Job Training and Employment, Homelessness and Housing, Behavioral Health and Wellness and Education.

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