In Washington State, a disproportionate percentage of low-income students and students with special needs are disengaged from school. In the 2015-2016 school year, Washington public schools ranked the second worst in the nation for chronic absenteeism.
In addition, over 60% of low-income students fail to meet grade-level standards in literacy and math. By 9th grade, the course failure rate for low-income students is 35%. Students who end their ninth grade year off-track are four times less likely to graduate from high school than those who are on track. In 2016, the on-time graduation rate for low-income students in the state was only 69%.
WSC members in academic-focused positions serve economically disadvantaged students in high-needs schools, providing personalized tutoring and mentoring to help re-engage them in attending school, raising their grades and preparing for college.
WSC positions are full-time (40 hours/week) for 6-9 months starting November 2018-February 2019.
• Monthly stipend of $1,307
• Health insurance coverage
• Childcare assistance, if qualified
• Upon successful completion of the service term, an education award of almost $3,000 that can be used to pay for college tuition, pay off existing qualified school loans, or – if the member is at least 55 years of age – can be transferred to a child or grandchild.
Examples of organizations you could serve at through Washington Service Corps:
• Federal Way Public Schools
• Highline Public Schools
• Neighborhood House
Learn more about available positions at www.washingtonservicecorps.org!
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
High School Graduate
Subject to criminal background check
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