Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


May 30, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently announced that 256 AmeriCorps VISTA members will be placed in six Southern states, including Georgia, to connect approximately 18,000 at-risk students in low-performing schools to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) opportunities. By serving through community groups, educational institutions, and corporate sponsors, the AmeriCorps servicemen and servicewomen will spark greater student interest in STEM fields and provide opportunities these students may not otherwise have.

The announcement was made at the White House Science Fair, building upon the President’s launch of STEM AmeriCorps at the same event last year. The states that will be participating in this program with Georgia include Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia. By renewing interest in STEM subjects, the initiative will help Georgia students move to the top of the pack in science and math achievement and take advantage of the growing number of jobs requiring STEM skills.

Created in 1993, AmeriCorps is one of CNCS’s largest programs and engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service projects year after year. The expansion of STEM AmeriCorps will advance national priority to spur greater interest by K-12 students in STEM professions.

To learn more the STEM AmeriCorps expansion, please click here.