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AmeriCorps members at Porter-Leath follow a rich history of achieving meaningful outcomes for thousands in Memphis and Shelby County. Since 1996, hundreds of AmeriCorps members have spent at least a year at Porter-Leath. Beginning with the early stages of the Cornerstone program and most recently investing in the lives of our Preschool students, AmeriCorps members are a vital piece of Porter-Leath. 


Over 20 AmeriCorps members spend their service year in Porter-Leath Preschools each year. Members directly serve in the classrooms and providing enrichment activities focused on literacy skills. The impact of the AmeriCorps investment will reach children in the center by providing activities that spur lessons to promote literacy and school readiness. Members prepare and lead children in activities that focus on the domains of phonological awareness, print awareness, early writing, and alphabet knowledge. By focusing on the individual needs of students, readiness scores increase, resulting in stronger classrooms and children with higher self-esteem. To learn more about becoming an AmeriCorps member at Porter-Leath, contact Ethan Porter at 901-577-2500 x 1128.


Since 1996, hundreds of AmeriCorps members have served those most in need in Shelby County. Beginning with the Cornerstone program, members served as home visitors delivering the Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youth (HIPPY) curricula. The program routinely achieved a +94% healthy birth weight rate of at least 5.5 lbs each year when externally evaluated by the University of Tennessee College of Health Sciences. This led the way to our current team of professional home visitors, who have built upon the foundation set by AmeriCorps members, by delivering the evidence-based Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen, US National, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Be at least 17 years of age; and
  • Have a high school diploma/GED or working towards obtaining one while in the program. High school diploma/GED required before one is eligible to use the Education Award.
  • Pass a criminal record check.
  • Commit to one year of service.
  • Complete 1,740 hours of service during the year.
  • Reliable Transportation.
  • Able to serve a minimum of 35 hours per week.



  • Individuals pursuing a professional career in early childhood education, development or services.
  • Education, Social Service, Youth or Child Development Major.
  • 3.0 GPA in major, minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Completion of entry-level courses.
  • Enrollment in all major or professional field related courses.
  • Experience with serving inner city residents, students, or families.
  • Working knowledge of lesson plan development.
  • Working knowledge of enrichment development.
  • Background as an academic tutor or mentor.

AmeriCorps Benefits

AmeriCorps members at Porter-Leath are eligible for the following benefits:

  • A living allowance (stipend) of $12,100
  • Free Healthcare Benefits Plan
  • Workers' Compensation
  • A childcare subsidy
  • An education award, upon successful completion of hours, of $5,730
  • Loan forbearance or deferment for qualified student loans
  • Payment of interest on qualified student loans
  • Professional skills development for non-profit or public sector career

Oct. 2014 - Nashville - Porter-Leath AmeriCorps members (in orange) with other AmeriCorps members from across Tennessee. 

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