Jackson ranked 9th for producing AmeriCorps members

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Capital City is listed in the top 10 nationally for producing AmeriCorps members.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, the City of Jackson is ranked at No. 9 nationally for enrolling in AmericCorps in midsize cities.

The date was released Tuesday.

“Over the last two decades, nearly 1 million AmeriCorps members have been an indispensable resource for communities around the country,” Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, said in a CNCS press release. “AmeriCorps members improve the lives of millions of citizens and make a powerful and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation. I salute every AmeriCorps member for his or her dedication and determination to ‘get things done’ for America, and congratulate all of this year’s top AmeriStates and AmeriCities.”

Mayor Tony T. Yarber said Jackson’s ranking on the list shows the City’s program is improving lives for our seniors, as well as those who serve in the program.

“Our program is generating a more skilled workforce and empowering our citizens through health education. We’re honored to offer an Americorps program,” Yarber said.

Since AmeriCorps was formed more than 20 years ago, Jackson has produced more than 1,600 AmeriCorps members who have given more than 2.5 million hours of service to their country and received more than $5.6 million in scholarships, according to CNCS.

They said there are 167 AmeriCorps members that serve in Jackson. More than 1,000 serve statewide.

CNCS said they are investing more than $3.7 million in national service projects for the Jackson area.

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