In an effort to increase access to high-quality summer learning opportunities for young people, Big Thought is introducing a new leadership and civic engagement program that enables youth to gain workplace skills as AmeriCorps members. Summer is a critical time for young people, and for many it is also a crucial time to look for a first job – an important step in building skills and experiences for their future. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in collaboration with the National Summer Learning Association (NLSA) launched a new initiative, Summer Opportunity AmeriCorps, which places young people in positions to serve their communities, learn valuable leadership and workplace skills, and earn money to help them advance their education.
In Dallas, NSLA is partnering with Big Thought to engage up to 80 youth (high school juniors/seniors, and recent graduates) as AmeriCorps members to provide direct service to under-resourced communities in conjunction with Dallas City of Learning. Dallas City of Learning provides a digital learning environment for youth (K-12) through which they can access quality programming (live and digital), receive digital credentials to document their accomplishments and practice positive engagement in learning.