AmeriCorps
Bureau of Community-Based & Primary Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

Illinois has 30 AmeriCorps state programs in operation in the 2009-10 program year with more than 825 AmeriCorps members committing to a year of service. The target recipients of the services provided by AmeriCorps members vary depending on the goals of the individual program. Many programs provide tutoring and mentoring services in after school settings, while other programs provide prenatal care to pregnant women, run food pantries, or work in community-based agencies.

Purpose

AmeriCorps is a national service program that involves "getting things done" in communities. AmeriCorps members develop an ethic of service while strengthening local communities.

Services

The charge of individual AmeriCorps programs is determined by the local needs of communities with many focusing on education, human service and support needs, environmental quality, public health, or public safety.

Delivery Method

Illinois has 30 AmeriCorps State programs in operation in the 2009-10 program year, with varied program focus areas located in every region of the state.

Program Data

SFY06 SFY07 SFY08 SFY09
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $5,402.7 $5,963.5 $6,048.4 $6,573.9
Number of Grantees 15 21 21 22
Member slots* *731 *850 *931 *988

*Note: Member slots refers to the number of AmeriCorps slots awarded per program year.

Program Accomplishments

Listed below are examples of outputs from the federal Grantee Progress Report for the 2008-09 program year in three broad categories.

  • Education: Tutored or mentored over 28,000 students in grades 1-12.
  • Human Needs: Counseled nearly 94,000 people related to health and family matters (mental or physical health, or other matters)
  • Community Strengthening: Recruited nearly 13,000 volunteers.