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is a coordinated effort to mentor youth in Kern County. The Kern County Superintendent of Schools, with a grant administered by California Volunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, mobilizes 36 AmeriCorps mentors to work with over 700 youth. The AmeriCorps Members deliver high-quality mentorships to reinforce positive choices and behaviors. In addition, they recruit local volunteers to engage in activities to improve and strengthen their communities.

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Once you join our team you will...

Serve in schools throughout Kern County:

AmeriCorps Members mentor youth with a variety of structured activities, including academic support, behavioral support, community service, service-learning, college and career preparation, art, recreation, leadership, and physical activities. Each Member will work with 20 youth during the course of the year. During your term, you will receive a monthly living allowance and, if eligible, health insurance and child care benefits. In addition, you gain invaluable skills for future careers working with young people.

Build Your Skills:

KCM is committed to the professional growth of its AmeriCorps members through professional development and technical assistance in a variety of subjects, including: mentoring, prevention and intervention, academic support, CPR, relationship building, leadership, project planning, and much more. Community teams gather for training and meetings on a regular basis throughout the year, providing opportunities to share experiences, successes, and challenges.

Be a Vital Part of a Community and a Team:

Through service at specific school sites, community service activities, team meetings, and professional development, AmeriCorps Members gain a wealth of information, experience, and sense of community. Through the community outreach and service, the teams strengthen the neighborhoods in which their mentees live.

Prepare for Your Future:

The Kern Community Mentoring AmeriCorps program is an intensive experience that will provide benefits to you far in the future, not the least of which includes an education award to help pay for college expenses or pay off student loans.


In the Kern communities of Arvin, Bakersfield, Delano, Elk Hills, Fairfax, Greenfield, Lamont, Lost Hills, McFarland, Mojave, Shafter, and Wasco.

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