"We had a 70-year-old member, because she wanted to go back and get her PhD and earn this education award."
That’s Dr. Lisa Caruthers Director of Harris County’s Cooperative for After School Enrichment. Caruthers is referring to one of their older AmeriCorps members who took part in their after school program. For full-time AmeriCorps members who serve their community they get a monetary education reward in return. Caruthers says this particular member dedicated 40 hours a week working with middle and high school kids and she got tuition credit of over $5,000 to go toward getting that PhD.
"Our program allows professionals that may want to work with kids, a chance to have that opportunity. Find out 'Oh, I do want to work with kids, or I do want to work on behalf of children as my career pursuit.'"
Caruthers likes the idea of people from all walks of life taking part and gaining some life skills along the way.
"They can gain experience in classroom management, problem solving, team-building, how to deliver lessons. It’s a good way to build their resume."
Right now Harris County’s DOE is in the recruiting stages and they’re looking for AmeriCorps high school graduates and GED recipients. Interested applicants need to go directly to the AmeriCorps website now so they can get in ahead of the coming school year.