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Berea PartnerCorps: School Turn Around

Program Description

In 2013, Berea College won a three-year School Turnaround AmeriCorps grant. The program supports organizations that serve low-performing schools around the country, including those in rural areas, and expands on the efforts of Together for Tomorrow, an initiative between ED, CNCS, and the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.PartnerCorps is a partnership with AmeriCorps, Knox Central High School and Leslie County High School. Forty individuals are recruited and placed as AmeriCorps members in the two high schools. Members commit to serve for one year in Knox or Leslie counties at the high school and focus on improving educational outcomes, serving as mentors, college advisors and family connectors. Each day, they arrive at school with the first students and remain at school until the last student leaves. They strive to create college-going cultures in their high schools. AmeriCorps members who complete their service in the program will qualify for a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 40
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Less than 25%