Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps

Partnering Host Sites

Currently Accepting Applications for New Host Sites for 2018-2019 Program Year

Services Provided by AmeriCorps

Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps is a nonprofit agency in Western Pennsylvania which coordinates the service of AmeriCorps members through the Corporation for National and Community Service and PennSERVE: The Governor’s Office of Citizen Service.

Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps partners with various schools and other educational programs providing them the hands to . SMILES members implement one-on-one and small group interventions for Pre-K - 12th graders in hopes to increase academic engagement through increased attendance, class participation, reading and math scores, as well as decrease disciplinary referrals and/or suspensions. Members serve full-time and can assist in other aspects of the educational program.

Less than Full -Time members can be requested to serve in program such as pre-school, after-school safe havens. While members are serving students, they are increasing their own skill sets through full time hands-on experience, professional development opportunities, and mentor-ship from teachers and staff.

Partnering with SMILES AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps members have proven to be great assets for the SMILES programs and its partners over its 20 years of operation. Members have been able to establish and expand educational programs offered to students in North Western PA.

If you have any questions regarding partnership, please contact Joyce Fosdick, Director of SMILES AmeriCorps and Executive Director of Keystone SMILES CLC.

Each year our AmeriCorps program accepts applications from organizations interested in serving as a host site for an AmeriCorps member. Upon receipt of the applications, the following factors shall be considered in determining selections of the host sites:

  • Previous experience in hosting an AmeriCorps member-preference give to those sites providing meaningful service and appropriate supervision, complied with program requirements, etc.
  • Recruitment potential (consider past experience/problems in recruiting candidates in the surrounding area)
  • Location (preference given to sites in an area not already being served by the program)
  • Quality of position description: ability to provide meaningful service activities within the scope of the program’s goals.
  • Free & reduced lunch, special education, and individualized percentages by districts or location of host site.


Since 1998, Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps has provided 92,461 children and youth with the expanded learning activities they needed to succeed despite the poverty surrounding them. "AmeriCorps allows us to leverage our resources to provide the much needed small group and one-on-one assistance students need," noted a superintendent, while another indicated, "AmeriCorps enables the District to be able to provide our struggling students with targeted assistance to help them improve their achievement."


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2018-2019 AmeriCorps Host Sites (by county)

Beaver County

Rochester Area School District

Clarion County

Clarion University

North Clarion County School District

Keystone SMILES Alternative Education Programs

Keystone SMILES House of Trades Program

Keystone SMILES School Readiness Programs

Erie County

Fairview School District

General McLane School District

Girard School District

Harbor Creek School District

Iroquois School District

Northwestern School District

North East School District

Jefferson County

Punxsutawney Area School District

Lawrence County

Ellwood City Area School District

Union Area School District


McKean County

Kane Area School District

Mercer County

Commodore Perry School District

Grove City Area School District

Mercer Area School District

Mercer County Housing Authority

Reynolds School District

Sharpsville Gardens Children’s Learning, Center

Potter County

Galeton Area School District

Venango County

Boys and Girls Club Along the Allegheny

Good Hope Stay and Play Program

Oil City YMCA/Camp Coffman

Oil City Salvation Army

Weed and Seed Program

Youth Alternatives

Youth Philanthropy

Beaver County

Rochester Area School District

Clarion County

Clarion University

North Clarion County School District

Keystone SMILES Alternative Education Programs

Keystone SMILES House of Trades Program

Keystone SMILES School Readiness Programs

Erie County

Fairview School District

General McLane School District

Girard School District

Harbor Creek School District

Iroquois School District

Northwestern School District

North East School District

Jefferson County

Punxsutawney Area School District

Lawrence County

Ellwood City Area School District

Union Area School District


McKean County

Kane Area School District

Mercer County

Commodore Perry School District

Grove City Area School District

Mercer Area School District

Mercer County Housing Authority

Reynolds School District

Sharpsville Gardens Children’s Learning, Center

Potter County

Galeton Area School District

Venango County

Boys and Girls Club Along the Allegheny

Good Hope Stay and Play Program

Oil City YMCA/Camp Coffman

Oil City Salvation Army

Weed and Seed Program

Youth Alternatives

Youth Philanthropy