by Claire Miller
The students and staff involved in Georgia State University’s TEAM AmeriCorps program celebrated National TEAM AmeriCorps Week March 9-17, 2013, with a series of service-related events.
The Team AmeriCorps program, housed in the College of Education’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, recruits mathematics and science majors and teaches them best practices in urban education and effective tutoring and mentoring strategies. Students then offer supplemental math, science and technology instruction through one-on-one and small group sessions and develop related community service projects.
Corps members kicked off the week of festivities on March 9 with a day of service at the Atwood Community Garden. They also partnered with the university’s Jumpstart program to hold meet and greets on the University Plaza, host a movie night and make cards for Project Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers meals to older adults in Atlanta.
Crystal Bradley, program director for the Georgia State chapter of AmeriCorps, said the week of events sheds light on the activities corps members do throughout the year.
“This week was an opportunity for the TEAM AmeriCorps members to come together, which they very rarely get a chance to do, and share the great work that they are doing in the metro Atlanta schools and communities,” Bradley said. “It is my hope that this sparked an interest in the Georgia State University community to serve alongside us.”
For more information about TEAM AmeriCorps or other programs housed in the Crim Center, visit http://education.gsu.edu/cuee.