Mayor Williams Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service

Updated 36 weeks ago Edited from a Press Release
Mayor Williams Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service
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Mayor Steve Williams issued a proclamation recognizing April 3rd as National Service Recognition Day in Huntington, West Virginia. He joined more than 4,300 county officials and mayors across the country in a nationwide initiative to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local problems. 
  Each year, more than 325,000 individuals volunteer in West Virginia as national service members through AmeriCorps State and National, Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA), and Senior Corps programs. The Education Alliance supports two National Service programs in Kanawha County, STEM Works and AmeriCorps on the Frontline. The STEM Works VISTA project enhances STEM education in West Virginia by providing high quality professional development opportunities for teachers; engaging students in STEM centered educational offerings; and partnerships between schools and STEM business partners in their communities. The STEM VISTA Leader enhances the scalability of STEM efforts across the state by leading a team of eleven VISTAs who coordinate STEM programs and develop STEM education resources. AmeriCorps on the Frontline empowers at-risk students to see their potential by connecting them with a caring adult role model.    The AmeriCorps mentor provides consistent, ongoing mentoring to students at Milton Middle School, Explorer Academy, and Huntington Middle School designed to increases their school attendance, behavior and course performance and thereby improves their chances of successful high school graduation.    National Service Recognition Day is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service, to thank those who serve, and to encourage more citizens to give back to their communities. This day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.    As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of Americans in service at more than 50,000 locations through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs.    National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our counties and nation. From helping communities recover from natural disasters, fighting the opioid epidemic, restoring parks, strengthening public safety, to tutoring and mentoring disadvantaged students, national service members get things done. Across the nation, local leaders are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting national service programs, hosting roundtable discussions, issuing proclamations, and communicating the impact of  national service through social media.    By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, local officials hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities. For more information including background and a list of participating county officials and mayors, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.
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