Program Authorization: Act 742 of 1995
The mission of the Grants Program (Louisiana Serve Commission grants program) is to strive to create a lifelong ethic of service by engaging individuals of all ages and backgrounds in service in Louisiana.
The goals of the Grants Program are:
1. Allow communities to address critical educational, environmental, public safety and human needs with measurable outcomes for participants and communities.
2. Foster the ethic of civic responsibility by providing service learning opportunities for all Louisianians.
The lieutenant governor has been instrumental in securing federal grants from the National Commission on Community Service for service programs targeted to address critical community needs in the areas of education, environment, human needs, and public safety. The first year of funding (FY 1992-93) was directed toward planning and implementing three national service programs in Louisiana: Delta Service Corps, Conservation Youth Service Corps, and Serve America. During the second year of funding, the Louisiana Serve Commission was established by Executive Order EWE 93-48; during the 1995 legislative session, the commission was established in law (Act 742). The commission, which is a policy-making body, serves as the focal point for national service efforts in the state. Louisiana Serve Commission strives to create a lifelong ethic of service by engaging individuals of all ages and backgrounds in service in Louisiana. The commission acts as a catalyst for the development of partnerships that enable communities to address critical educational, environmental, human, and public safety needs with measurable outcomes for communities and participants. The commission fosters the ethic of civic responsibility by providing service learning opportunities for all Louisianians. The commission has developed two community service learning initiatives: AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America.
The Delta Service Corps, which was one of seven original demonstration models selected in 1991 by the Commission on National and Community Service, uses a tri-state design (Louisiana participates with Arkansas and Mississippi) to combat the problems of the Lower Mississippi Region. The corps recruits regional residents to participate in sustained and meaningful community-based service. Individuals from age 17 years and older from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds are eligible for this program. Corps members work with specific agencies providing rehabilitated housing for disadvantaged families, outreach services for elderly shut-ins, organizing literacy programs for adults, and coordinating recreational and educational programs for at-risk children. Delta Service Corps, which was designed to become a 501-C-3 nonprofit organization after implementation of the program, attained that status on January 1, 1995. The Office of Lieutenant Governor continued to be the grant recipient of the Delta Service Corps grant until August 31, 1996.
The last two grant programs were incorporated into the Louisiana Serve Commission, which receives funding from the federal Corporation for National Service, established under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The Louisiana Serve Commission receives a formula grant to administer the AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve programs. Additionally, the commission is eligible to apply for technical assistance grants that can be used to provide technical assistance or planning for the service programs. Conservation Youth Service Corps was retitled AmeriCorps and Serve America was retitled Learn and Serve America in the federal legislation. AmeriCorps is about getting things done. It engages Americans of all ages in meeting the most critical educational, public safety, human and environmental needs of communities. AmeriCorps programs enable Louisianians to serve in a variety of programs on a full- or part-time basis, before, during or after post-secondary education. They may receive a living allowance while serving, and on successful completion of a term of service, an educational award. Learn and Serve America provides students and adults with the opportunity to serve as an integrated component of the academic curriculum. It expands the opportunities for learning to serve within the school and within the wider community by creating partnerships in service between the school and the community.SS Learn and Serve America is a multi-agency partnership of the Department of Education, the Louisiana Serve Commission, and the Office of Lieutenant Governor.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATOR
1. In FY 1998-99, Louisiana's AmeriCorps member attrition rate will not exceed the national average attrition rate of 20%.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Grants Program will secure 90% of the Corporation for National Service grants for which the Louisiana Serve Commission is eligible to apply.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Grants Program will increase the number of Learn and Serve participants by 10%.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with interagency transfers, fees and self-generated revenues and federal funds. Interagency Transfers are derived from the Department of Education for the Learn and Serve Program, a School-Based Program. Fees and self-generated revenues were derived from the State of Arkansas for the Louisiana Serve Program. Federal funds are derived from the National and Community Service Act of 1990.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.0% of the existing operating budget.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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