AmeriCorps Education Initiative of Utah (AEIOU)

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The AmeriCorps Education Initiative of Utah (AEIOU) has AmeriCorps members in 75 schools across the state of Utah. Program members advocate for and support students who are struggling with literacy, attendance, academics, credit recovery, and social/emotional challenges. Members serving in these schools receive a monthly living allowance during their term of service and an education award at the close of their service year. 

Service Area
This program operates in the following school districts:
Alpine, Box Elder, Davis, Duchesne, Granite, Guadalupe, Logan, Millard, Morgan, North Sanpete, Ogden, South Sanpete, Salt Lake City, Tooele, Washington, and Weber.
See full list of participating schools here.

Contact Information
Saren Loosli, AmeriCorps Program Director
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Top reasons that members like serving with AEIOU:

  1. Working with students and helping them to succeed
  2. Developing skills that will benefit a career path in education, social work, counseling, and many other fields
  3. Networking with schools and teachers (many members transition to other positions at their service sites after completing their terms)
  4. Making a difference in their communities
  5. Working with volunteers 
  6. Collaborating with peers, teachers, and specialists to increase their knowledge
  7. Education award
  8. Monthly living allowance
  9. Being a part of a solution to a problem
  10. Getting things done for America

Qualifications to serve with AEIOU:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • US Citizenship
  • Age 18+ years
  • Works well with children
  • Team player
  • Good communication skills
  • Basic computer skills preferred including experience with spreadsheets (training is available)
  • Able to serve during typical school hours
  • Able to work on-site at either elementary or secondary schools
  • Good organization skills
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Desire to make a difference in your community

  • "With two weeks left of the term, I was assigned a student to my caseload who had not attended class since the third week of school. He was failing every single class and the highest percentage that he had in a class was 10.58%. The counselors and administrators were determined to get him passing so that he wouldn't have to complete credit recovery. Initially, I had my doubts that I was going to be able to get him passing. He had missed so much time in school and had no idea what was going on in his classes. I called him out of class one day to meet him and he disclosed to me that he didn't come to school or care about his grades because no one in his life pushed him to try hard in school. I told him that I would help him out as much as I could and I would push him hard if he was willing to work. He agreed with me and was able to pass all of his classes! It was a great success."
  • "I have one third grader who started tutoring at the beginning of October. She has loved reading! Every single time I see her (sometimes multiple times a day), she asks when it will be her turn again! It seems as if taking tutoring online (the only option I had this year) has resulted in more volunteers than I have ever had! Nearly every week I am training at least a couple new volunteers. We have been able to help so many students! Some of them are making some good progress so far, I am excited to see the growth they make by the end of the year. I have one fifth grader who tested red in the BOY Dibels. Her teacher recommended her for the program, thinking it would be helpful. Her teacher stopped me in the hallway today - in her five sessions so far, she has made incredible growth! Her words-correct-per-minute (WCPM) in progress monitoring in class has increased by 20 words!" -Lynsie N. AEIOU AmeriCorps Member
  • Unstoppable (but not unbreakable). "This term I had the opportunity to help mentor and tutor a student who needed help with math; She had failed several previous classes. We worked to complete credit recovery for past classes and to get a good grade in her current math class. About 3 weeks into the school year she sprained her ankle and had to wear a cast. She wasn't able to walk during this time. She had a few doctor appointments that made her miss a few classes and our tutoring sessions. About 2 weeks later, I broke my toe. I became the one that was in and out of surgery and doctors appointments. We were able to connect because we both couldn't walk. We both had scooters and would chat about the spooky elevator, the annoying walkers in the hallway, and the cracks where our scooters almost bucked us off. It was a great connection. Through this we were able to recover 2 terms of math credit and help her receive an A in her math class." -Bryce S., AEIOU AmeriCorps Member