AmeriCorps member Mikayla Houghton (center) helps Gisella Word (left) and Chip Powell (right) make slime as part of a lab experiment during the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s summer camp series. AmeriCorps members serve at various sites across the region to build the area’s literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) capacity.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research is seeking applicants for more than 40 AmeriCorps positions at various sites in the cities of Danville and Martinsville and in the counties of Halifax and Pittsylvania.

Full-time and part-time opportunities are available and include multiple benefits like tuition assistance and a stipend.

Candidates may view a complete list of descriptions and apply at or attend a recruitment event at the Institute from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

“AmeriCorps is a perfect opportunity for those seeking professional development and career growth while serving the community in a meaningful, rewarding way,” said Julie Brown, director of advanced learning at the Institute. “Those who enjoy mentoring and tutoring students would excel in our program.”

The positions are part of two AmeriCorps programs administered by the Institute. The Dan River Year AmeriCorps program builds the area’s literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) capacity through community engagement, K-12 and higher education student mentorship/tutoring, and other activities. The ServeIT AmeriCorps program fosters computer science and digital literacy, and serves as a pre-apprenticeship program to members.

The open positions are year-long commitments, beginning Sept. 3, and include training. Dan River Year AmeriCorps Program members receive training on effective tutoring, classroom management, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, communication, performance evaluation and success coaching. ServeIT AmeriCorps Program members receive training on IT fundamentals, CompTIA A+ and Server+, coding, JavaScript, networking and general ticketing systems.

Those interested in applying are encouraged to attend the recruitment event Thursday. Attendees should bring their resume and be prepared for on-site interviews. The computer lab will be available for those who need to update a resume, and current AmeriCorps members will talk about their experiences.

Candidates should be 18 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen or legal resident, have a GED or high school diploma and have a strong interest in K-12 education and IT/computer science.

For information on the AmeriCorps programs, visit or contact Dana Silicki at (434) 766-6729 or For questions about the recruitment event, contact Jessica Beebe at (434) 766-6745 or

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