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    August 6, 2004      File #
    Contact: Julie McClure, Sonoma SERVES, (707) 664-4232


Sonoma SERVES Receives $503,195 Grant For Support Services for Youth

Sonoma SERVES, a program of the California Institute on Human Services at Sonoma State University, recently received a three-year grant for $503,195 per year from the Corporation for National Service to provide support services to California’s youth.

Locally, this grant will enable the Sonoma SERVES program to expand upon the services provided to Sonoma County youth through the dedicated work of AmeriCorps Promise Fellows.

This includes recruiting and training over 200 volunteers to support after-school programs by providing one-on-one mentoring, homework support, and new opportunities for learning.

Schools served in this program include those from Bellevue Elementary School District, Roseland Elementary School District and Wright Elementary School District.

The program involves the Fellows in generating community support for programs that impact thousands of children and youth and is based on a collaboration of the goals of AmeriCorps and America’s Promise, says
Sonoma SERVES' Julie McClure.

"It is designed to ensure that each child has caring relationships with adults, a healthy start, safe places to go after school, marketable skills through effective education, and an opportunity to serve the community."

The grant funds 35 fulltime AmeriCorps Promise Fellows throughout the State who recruit and train community volunteers to support community youth. The California’s PROMISE program supports 13 communities throughout the State in generating and sustaining volunteer programs that create positive opportunities for youth.

Statewide, the program will generate over 2,000 volunteers to serve children in need, McClure says.


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