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AmeriCorps Builds Lives Through Education (ABLE)

Who We Are

AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE), mobilizes men and women in national service to revive and strengthen educational environments, expanding opportunities for today's youth and transforming America's future – one student, one classroom, and one community at a time. We engage individuals from the communities we serve as well as those who wish to be a part of the communities we serve to commit to serve the youth for a term a service, while growing as professionals. ABLE members enhance the capacity of partner sites by increasing the site’s ability to provide quality education and positively impacting student achievement.

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AmeriCORPS ABLEServices

ABLE members implement social/emotional and/or math interventions for 4th-10th graders in hopes to increase attendance, class participation, and math scores, as well as decrease disciplinary referrals and suspensions. Members serve full-time and can assist in other aspects of the educational program. While members are serving the students, they are growing their skill sets through their hands on experience, professional development opportunities, and mentorship of teachers and staff.

Get Involved
Partnering with ABLE

AmeriCorps members have proven to be great assets for the ABLE program and its partners over its 12 years of operation. Members have been instrumental in establishing and expanding educational programs offered to students in WNY. We offer the following AmeriCorps ABLE slot options:

  • Full-time: Member commits to a 50-week term, completes 1700 hours of service within that timeframe and implements at least one of the ABLE interventions.\
  • Minimum-Time: These are also referred to Summer ABLE members. Member commits to an 8-week term, completes 300 hours of service within that time-frame and traditionally supports summer academic programming to prevent summer learning loss.
  • Education Award Only: These slots are for current staff members, college students, or volunteers to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award while continuing their work with students. 

All public, private, parochial, charter schools and non-profits are eligible to partner with ABLE. The program targets Western New York and the City of Buffalo. Being a partner of ABLE and hosting AmeriCorps members carries a lot of responsibility. Members must receive onsite orientation and weekly check-ins; member timesheets must be reviewed online and approved bi-weekly; member evaluations must be completed and submitted mid-year and end of year; activities of members must be monitored; in-kind match must be reported; and progress reports must be submitted. Any potential partner that does not have the staff time or resources to meet these requirements, should not apply.

If you have any questions regarding partnership, please contact Lauren Kalczynski, Director of ABLE Operations & Partnership Development, at lkalczynski@tscwny.org.

Serving with ABLE
Individuals serving in the AmeriCorps Builds Lives Through Education (ABLE) program enhance the quality and impact of education of students throughout the city of Buffalo. ABLE members commit one year of full-time service as AmeriCorps members at one partner site. They will implement up to two empirically test, research-based interventions focused on character development and math skill-building.

Currently accepting applicants for 2017/2018 ABLE Corps Members:
Be a part of an innovative education movement! ABLE Corps members will be trained in two empirically tested, research based interventions, focused on character development and math skill building. Have a direct impact on Buffalo’s urban students!

ABLE FT 17.18 Program Description 

17.18 FT ABLE Application Instructions