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Elementary and Primary Education
Harris County Department of Education
News Release
Friday, June 17, 2011

31 CASE AmeriCorps members serve communities throughout Houston
in summer youth programs

The 2011 summer members of the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) AmeriCorps team were sworn into service at the May 17 Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) Board of Trustees meeting. 

AmeriCorps members work in summer after-school programs to provide direct services to Harris County after-school youth in grades elementary through high school.  Curriculum includes academic enrichment and creative projects involving space science, comic books and GPS.   In addition to teaching in after-school programs, members take on leadership positions that allow them to build skills that encourage personal growth beyond their term of service.

CASE AmeriCorps members for summer 2011 are: Ralph Angeles, Thuy Bui, Amber Drake, Theodesia Drummer, Artruh Fleming, Calvin Grant, Ashura Bayyan, Kena Harvey, LeDetri Jenkins, Melody Lam, Salome Lavigne, Erica Layton, Byron Lee, Pete Lopez, Dalia Matehuala, Cora Mathis, Joyce Medell, Dandria Monroe, Gregory Moss, Paula Nervis, Nsidi Nkere, Ashley Perry, Paul Ruiz, Samantha Smith, Ashyle Starks, Ebony Templeton, Cadence Timm, DiNesha White, Dominique Withoff, Carlos Valenzuela, and Magdalen Vaughn.

The 31 CASE AmeriCorps members are working in summer programs at the following community sites and schools:  Houston Independent School District—Gross Elementary (77071),  Sharpstown Middle School (77036),  Whidby Elementary (77021), Kate Bell Elementary (77031), and Nate Q. Henderson Elementary (77020);  Pasadena ISD—Gardens Elementary (77506) and Kruse Elementary (77506); Houston Tennis Association programs located at Houston Parks and Recreation sites—Highland (77091), Lincoln (77088), Tidwell (77016), Hutcheson (77026),  Linkwood (77025) and Meyerland (77096); and YMCA sites—Foster (77018), MD Anderson (77009), Cossaboom (77012) and Judson Robinson (77029).

Most members are currently pursuing a degree or have recently graduated with career aspirations of working with children.

Summer AmeriCorps members must fulfill a 10-week commitment during May, June and July. Summer positions as well as part- and full-time fall positions are available through a grant funded by OneStar Foundation through the Corporation for National and Community Service.  AmeriCorps members receive a modest monthly stipend and tuition credit to pay for college, graduate school or to repay qualified student loans.

“CASE AmeriCorps is a great opportunity for young adults who are gaining experience and building their resumes during and after college,” CASE director Lisa Caruthers said.  

To qualify for CASE AmeriCorps, applicants must be 17, high school graduates or GED recipients. Preference is given to candidates holding associate or bachelor degree or to those enrolled in their final year of college. Applicants must have a desire to work with youth, demonstrate a commitment to community service, exhibit a strong work ethic and be comfortable in working with diverse communities.

About CASE: The Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) is a division of Harris County Department of Education.  CASE provides after-school programs in over 70 after-school sites in Harris County for about 12,000 students in elementary through high school in greater Harris County. The CASE mission is to strengthen, support and sustain after school for all children. Formed in 1999 by HCDE, the CASE vision is to ensure that every child in Harris County has access to a quality after-school program.  For more information about CASE AmeriCorps, call Justin Jackson at (713) 696-1375 or e-mail

About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, and Head Start programs.  We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support.  Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at

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