Denver – DPS has been asked to place the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) AmeriCorps program on hold effective immediately pending completion of an investigation. The hold went into effect Monday, May 14.
This action does not have any impact on AmeriCorps members’ employment with DPS. All employment activities for the roughly 450 FACE members and their role with the district will remain the same. However, during the hold period, members will not record any AmeriCorps hours served or participate in AmeriCorps related service activities or trainings.
An investigation was conducted by Serve Colorado, the state agency that administers the federal AmeriCorps program. Serve Colorado has referred their findings to the federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) for review. We expect their review to last between 30 and 90 days, but we cannot know for certain.
The review will not affect any loans that a member may have in forbearance. We do not yet know how this will impact awards that are partially completed, but we will be working diligently to get information as soon as possible. Members will not be required to pay back anything they have received.
We apologize to AmeriCorps members for the effect this hold will have on their time and personal goals. The service AmeriCorps members do for our students and schools is incredibly important, and we’re committed to finding ways to minimize the impact of this hold period on these educators’ careers.
For the past eight years, DPS has maintained an AmeriCorps program with the primary emphasis on increased student attendance. Three years ago, DPS expanded its AmeriCorps program by recruiting Denver Math Fellows (serving as full-time members), Denver Teacher Residents and paraprofessionals (serving as part-time members). The program allows members to serve qualifying hours in return for receiving education credits.
The investigation only affects the FACE Education Service Corps program, not other AmeriCorps programs such as City Year Denver.