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PlacemakingCorps, a Public Health AmeriCorps

Concrete Safaris announced today that it has received a Public Health AmeriCorps grant from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. The grant will expand Concrete Safaris’ presence in East Harlem – where Concrete Safaris has been supporting youth as they transform their world starting in their own backyards through outdoor health interventions for Americans since 2008.

Public Health AmeriCorps, a partnership between AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supports the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders. Supported by a five-year, $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act, Public Health AmeriCorps will help meet public health needs of local communities by providing surge capacity and support while also creating pathways to public health-related careers.

With this new funding, Concrete Safaris’ PlacemakingCorps will leverage the skills and experience of AmeriCorps members  to conduct environmental health literacy and place-based service learning interventions by and with local school children, youth, and community members, and refer participants for medical and wrap-around services in East Harlem, NYC, as needed. 

Concrete Safaris has been outdoors and active throughout the pandemic, providing youth with career readiness and professional development training, engaging local residents in growing food and beautifying their backyards in two public housing developments, hosting outdoor photography exhibitions and NYC Open Streets, and providing resources to participants and their families.

AmeriCorps continues to invest in the nation’s COVID-19 recovery. With existing programs in more than 40,000 locations across the country, AmeriCorps is uniquely positioned to bolster community response efforts. For the past two years, thousands of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers across all 50 states and U.S. territories have continued their service, quickly adapting to meet the changing needs caused by the pandemic and have provided vital support, community response, and recovery efforts, providing support to more than 12 million Americans, including 2.5 million people at vaccination sites.

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