RISE AmeriCorps to highlight job-training programs at Capitol today
RISE AmeriCorps members representing four Iowa counties will join Volunteer Iowa’s Day at the Capitol today to highlight how civil service creates job-training opportunities across the state. Members and organizers will be at the Capitol rotunda from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. RISE AmeriCorps, funded by state RefugeeRISE grants, is a job-readiness program that teaches work, life and leadership skills through civil service to immigrant and refugee communities. “Members support clients to develop skills they bring to their local workforce,” RISE AmeriCorps Program Manager Clare Angeroth Franks said. “It’s an absolutely vital program to our state.” In 2021, RISE AmeriCorps Members representing 23 language communities supported more than 2,700 services for immigrant and refugee communities across Iowa, including COVID-19 and continued derecho disaster response and recovery efforts. Working in teams of two at host sites across the state, RISE AmeriCorps members support critical and basic needs services as varied as COVID-19 vaccine education/access, crisis case management and job training.