AmeriCorps recognizes UNK students for work with disadvantaged youth

Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of News and Internal Communications, 308-865-8454,

KEARNEY – Eighteen students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are being recognized for their service with disadvantaged children and special needs students in community-based after school programs.

Rural Corps of South Central Nebraska, an AmeriCorps Program, will honor its AmeriCorps members at an 11:30 a.m. July 30 awards luncheon at the UNK Alumni House.

The Rural Corps program is a campus and community partnership between the UNK Office for Service-Learning and Kearney Public Schools Foundation. In its fifth year, UNK AmeriCorps members serve the Kearney Community Learning Center and assist children with learning and enrichment activities in the after school program.

Members also serve in Kearney Public Schools classrooms, assisting struggling children and special needs students with reading and English Language Learning.

UNK students are provided a stipend while serving, and after completing their service receive an educational award to use for purposes such as paying off student loans, tuition, books and other education-drelated expenses.

Students from the 2012-13 grant year who will be honored include:
Cairo – Angelica Young
Columbus – Adam Niedbalski
Cozad – Brooke Bachman
Culbertson – Sarah Koch
Elwood – Dawn Rios
Gibbon – Geoffrey Carnahan
Holdrege – Breanne Schneider
Kearney – Daphne Darter, Jeremiah Hogins, Garrett Martin, Corissa Staack, Haley Wiseman, Doris Younes
Minden – Carly Sitorius
North Platte – Alison Davis, Emma Lockard
Silver Creek – Courtney Cave
Wallace – Laura O’Brien