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19 CASE AmeriCorps members take oath to serve
underprivileged youth through after-school programs

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Harris County Department of Education recently announced the members of the 2010-2011 Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) AmeriCorps team.  The 19 members come from across the United States: West Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas, New Jersey, Tennessee, California, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas. Most members are currently pursuing a degree or have recently graduated with career aspirations of working with children.

CASE AmeriCorps members pledge to complete a 10-month commitment with Harris County Department of Education (HCDE).  Members work in after-school programs to serve public school youth in grades elementary through high school. Curriculum includes lessons on going green, space science, forensic science, entrepreneurship and robotics. In addition to teaching in after-school programs, members have a leadership position that allows them to build skills which encourages personal growth beyond the term of service.

CASE AmeriCorps members for 2010-2011 are: Randy Buentello, Houston, TX; Victoria Corona, Houston, TX; Steven Dunbar, Houston, TX; Taylor Frederick, Moundsville, WV; Kanisha Hagans, St. Louis, MO; Lindsey Hill, Saint George, SC; Maxie Hollingsworth-Latimer, Little Rock, AR; Molly Hubbert, Sherman, TX; Chryssa Jenkins, Houston, TX; Hannah Lee, Busan, Korea; Celeste Middleton, Austin, TX; Dang Nguyen, Los Angeles, CA; Rachel Posada, Jackson, MS; Ashley Saenz, Houston, TX; Ross Tucker, Memphis, TN; Nicole Walker, Dallas, TX; Courtney Young, Houston, TX; and Caitlin Zadek, South Brunswick, NJ.  

AmeriCorps members receive modest monthly stipends and yearly tuition credits to pay for college, graduate school or to repay qualified student loans.  For information about future AmeriCorps opportunities, contact Justin Jackson, jbjackson@hcde-texas.org or call (713) 696-1375.

CASE is a division of the HCDE, a 121-year-old education institution which provides services to school districts and the education community in Harris County. 

Photo cutline:  Cooperative for After-School Enrichment AmeriCorps members from Harris County Department of Education gather for an oath of office ceremony.  Members pledge to work 10 months in after-school programs throughout Harris County.  They also take on leadership roles within the after-school community.  For more information about AmeriCorps opportunities, e-mail jbjackson@hcde-texas.org.

About CASE: CASE provides after-school programs in 70 after-school sites in Harris County for about 8,000 students in elementary through high school in greater Harris County. The CASE mission is to strengthen, support and sustain after school for all children. Formed in 1999 by Harris County Department of Education, the CASE vision is to ensure that every child in Harris County has access to a quality after-school program. Access http://www.hcde-texas.org.
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