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
- Currently, 30 students are participating in
the Urban Education Service Corps Project.
For more information contact:
Name: Caron Mellblom Ed.D.
Professor, Graduate Education