ServiceWorks — powered by AmeriCorps VISTA, Citi Foundation, and Points of Light — is a program that provides an in-person experience for youth “Scholars” from low-income families to develop leadership and life skills, engage in service learning projects, and have access to mentors. Hosted by the City of Richmond Community Services Department, the program targets youth high school students from the ages of 16-24 who have aspirations to improve their college and/or career readiness. The core of ServiceWorks is made up of three components: Skill Building, Success Coaches (mentorship), and Community Service. These elements make it possible for “Scholars” to learn how to improve both their community and themselves through volunteering. Youth have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of community issues, how to build professionalism, networking, public speaking, problem-solving, and teamwork. Students that are interested must participate in five workshops, two service projects, and a Capstone Project to graduate the program. In addition, ServiceWorks recruits community members who are interested in guiding and mentoring students by volunteering as a Success Coach or a workshop facilitator. In these roles, Richmond residents have the opportunity to make an impact in our “Scholars” lives by helping them create SMART goals, build a resume, and even assist them in steps to get to college.
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Meet Our Team:
AmeriCorps VISTA, ServiceWorks Recruitment and Outreach Leader