skip to Main Content

About Corps for a Change

Corps for a Change has been in operation since 2015. By focusing on school engagement and attendance, Corps for a Change offers another area of services to youth who are at risk of dropping out of school.


  • 953 students who were considered chronically absent were served by the program last year–more than double the number served in the 2020-2021 school year
  • 87% improved in social-emotional skills that are critical to positive school engagement

Why Attendance Matters

  • Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care (Attendance Works)
  • Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students (Attendance Works)


  • Serve a caseload of 20-40 students with 70-90% attendance
  • Monitor student attendance and conduct weekly one-on-one meetings to support student success
  • Support in-school attendance initiatives and engagement
  • Connect students to resources within the school and community

For more information contact:


Bring Corps for a Change to Your School

Corps for a Change pairs supportive AmeriCorps members with those students who are showing warning signs of dropping out, but have not done so. Studies show that a positive relationship with a supportive adult mentor has been proven to improve attendance.  Members connect students with valuable resources both in and outside of the community.

For questions, please contact Vanessa Notman, Senior Director of Programs, at

Interested in Becoming a Corps for a Change Member?

For more information email: 

Back To Top