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April 29, 2014 > City of Hayward expands educational services

City of Hayward expands educational services

Submitted By Frank Holland

The City of Hayward is redoubling its efforts to support local students and improve academic performance throughout the district. Its latest initiative will lean heavily on the talents of AmeriCorps VISTA members to bring that support directly into local Hayward schools, where volunteers will work on initiatives related to early childhood development, homework support and adult literacy. The City is actively recruiting for 10 AmeriCorps VISTA positions to launch the effort.

The 21st Century Learning Centers Program is being driven by the City of Hayward Public Library, which is building on the success of its popular homework support center program. The current homework support program provides quality tutoring services at 10 Hayward public schools, featuring book-vending machines, laptop computers, homework and project supplies, on-site trained volunteer tutors ready to assist students in small groups with all of the their homework needs, and access to the libraryÕs free real-time online tutoring program.

ÒPart of our mission at the City of Hayward Public Library is to support youth and families to improve K-12 academic performance in Hayward schools,Ó said Library and Community Services Director Sean Reinhart. ÒMany people are unaware weÕre already doing this type of work, but with the help of AmeriCorps VISTA, we will be able to offer early childhood development programming, school-age after-school homework support services, and adult literacy and ESL services to entire school site populations.Ó

This cradle-to-career education program will require the engagement of 10 new AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) members, which the City is actively recruiting. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by creating a profile at www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community. The detailed recruitment listing is available at http://1.usa.gov/1hTSX7b. The deadline to apply for one of the 10 positions is May 10.

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