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AmeriCorps Literacy Project

The Urban Education Service Corps (UESC) is an AmeriCorps Program that began in 1995 and is a joint project of the School of Education at CSU Dominguez Hills, Long Beach Unified School District, and the Council for Great Cities, Great Schools. UESC was designed to enhance the educational achievement of school-age children by linking national service to improved teacher recruitment and for the urban setting. The project supports 40 AmeriCorps members annually. Members are placed at K-12 schools within the –Long Beach Unified School District, at Jane Addams Elementary, Hill and Marshall Middle Schools. The program serves approximately 500 elementary and middle school students who are at risk for academic failure. CSUDH students serving in the Urban Education Service Corps are striving to make a difference in the lives of children in the urban environment who are at risk. A further goal of the project is to attract quality students into the field of urban education by serving as tutors and role models for at-risk children.


UESC was built on the idea of creating teaching's next generation; well-prepared teachers whose service experiences are part of a long-term commitment to the renewal of urban education. The notion behind the creation of the UESC was to build education reform and teacher development into a national service program that could serve as a model for other urban school districts and colleges of education. The idea was that prospective minority teachers, through national service, would have authentic learning environments and experiences in urban classrooms.

The UESC builds on existing school system and college of education efforts in five major urban areas: Long Beach, California, Omaha, Nebraska, Denver, Colorado, Miami, Florida. In each setting, the partnership between the college of education and school system addresses expanding and diversifying the pool of teachers for the school system, strengthening long-term school improvement and teacher development partnerships, and improving teacher development practices.

AmeriCorps Literacy Project Profile

  • Approximately, $85,000 in education awards have been awarded to CSU students through the Urban Education Service Corps Project.
  • Over the past 9 years approximately 200 CSU students participated in the Urban Education Service Corps Project.
  • Currently, 30 students are participating in the Urban Education Service Corps Project.

For more information contact:

Name: Caron Mellblom Ed.D.
Professor, Graduate Education
Phone: 310-243-2713

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Judy Botelho
(562) 951-4749
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Last Updated: May 06, 2016