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What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.  Each year, AmeriCorps nationally offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!

TAMIU-ADELANTE is located at the following South Texas cities: Laredo, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, Crystal City, Carrizo Springs, Cotulla, Zapata, Hebbronville, San Diego, and Benavides. ADELANTE is an AmeriCorps program that provides services focused on community service, parent outreach, youth educational attainment to economically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, migrant and seasonal workers. TAMIU-ADELANTE has 50 members that collaborate with GEAR UP, College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and High School Equivalency Program (HEP) to work together and meet objectives/goals.

AmeriCorps members assisting GEAR UP provide tutoring/mentoring services to middle school and high school students to increase attendance rates, grade performance and graduation rates. The members also serve as parent outreach coordinators to increase parent involvement activities and work directly with the students’ families.

Members assisting with the CAMP program provide daily mentoring services to TAMIU college freshman students to improve the attainment of post secondary degrees among low-income farm worker students. By doing so, the members provide experiences that teach the freshman students of cultural, educational, social, career, and/or health and wellness aspects of college and Laredo life.

Members assisting the HEP program serve as tutors and mentors, under the direction of a degreed teacher, to assist students pursuing a GED and improve math/writing skills.

Members serving for the Community Service Initiative (CSI) assist in finding community service opportunities within the Laredo community and encourage the TAMIU community to volunteer. The members assist TAMIU students, faculty, and staff to complete their community service hours by collaborating with organizations like Volunteers Serving the Need, Bethany House, Habitat for Humanity, Keep Laredo Beautiful, Literacy Volunteers of Laredo, ect.     

For more information on the TAMIU AmeriCorps program, please contact Mayra Skopal, program manager at 956.326.3161 or e-mail

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