November 16, 2017
Savannah, Georgia 

The Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a site for “AmeriCorps Affiliates” for school year 2017-18. AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security.

Due to our selection as an AmeriCorps Affiliate site, volunteers for our organization who are in college or planning to attend college, who can commit to and complete at least 450 hours of service with us through August 2018, and are American citizens (an AmeriCorps requirement) can be designated as AmeriCorps Affiliates and qualify for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award college scholarship. A limited number (9) of these positions are available at the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club in 2018. Savannah-based college students or other students wishing to attend college who are at least 18 years of age are encouraged to apply. Affiliate positions are competitive; those selected will be able to commit to service through August 2018 and have a strong interest in working with disadvantaged youth.

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is based on the number of hours volunteering in a nonprofit service capacity over 10 consecutive months and includes both the scholarship awarded at the end of service that can be used for current or future student loan debt or college tuition costs, and the opportunity to have student loan forbearance during the period of volunteer service. Affiliates have up to 7 years to use the award, which goes to the school of their choice for current school expenses or for a future school they attend. Affiliates who complete 450 hours of service receive $1,538 and Affiliates who complete 675 hours of service receive $2,215. Volunteers may also receive smaller scholarships for fewer service hours.

Individuals who would like to volunteer for the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club, become an AmeriCorps Affiliate and qualify for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can contact (912) 224-2120 for more information and to apply. Positions are available now to be filled in December and January for service through August 2018.


Good News: New anti-gang initiative
Published: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017, 4:08 pm EDT
Updated: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017, 4:08 pm EDT
By WTOC Staff

Starting a movement to lead young people in Savannah down the right path.

The Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club introduced a new anti-gang initiative on Wednesday, presenting the program to members of the community and community leaders.

The key to "Gang Prevention Through Targeted Outreach'' will be to have all areas of the community engaged in directing children into positive activities such as those offered at the Callen Club and lead them away from gang involvement.

Ike McBride, of the Worchester, Massachusetts Boys & Girls Club spoke to Wednesday's gathering about anti-gang measures taken in that city that could also work here.

“It's ongoing, it can't stop. Once you start it you have to see it through. And then the biggest point about that is just being able to build relationships with young people. keep young people busy and connected,” Ike said.

“Right now, we're looking to engage lots of partners to include not only the Boys and Girls Club but the city of Savannah, our recreation department, the police department, housing department, the board of education. So, we've got a whole group that we're mobilizing to address this issue,” Vincent DelMonte, with the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club.

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department will work closely with the Callen Club on this new initiative.

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