Michigan's AmeriCorps Site Supervisor of the Month
Rawlan Lillard’s passion for growing his hometown community is undeniable. As the Community School Director at Neithercut Elementary School, Rawlan is responsible for bringing community schools together with community partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. He is also an AmeriCorps site supervisor for the Flint Community Schools Corps AmeriCorps program.
The Flint Community Schools Corps utilizes AmeriCorps members to provide wrap-around services to students and families to help address the root problems of underachievement. Services include tutoring, health education, conflict resolution, service-learning, and access to social services, all of which impact student attendance and performance.
A Flint native, Rawlan was raised on the Community Education Initiative, which was originally modeled by Flint, and later adapted by school systems in New York. He would like to put all of the same elements he remembers from his childhood into practice. Rawlan’s father, a retired Community School Director from Flint’s first take on Community Education, instilled in him the heart for community servitude that he exudes every day. He’s made many meaningful relationships with not only the students at Neithercut, but also the parents, guardians, and surrounding community members.
His number one mission is to produce a sense of community pride, and he encourages the Neithercut students, families, and community members to take ownership of the school. He sees the importance of program sustainability, and works daily to ensure that the program stays afloat. Rawlan goes above, and beyond the call of duty to make sure the kids come first while offering any, and all support their parents/caretakers need to ensure they receive the resources they need.
Additionally, Rawlan takes pride in having AmeriCorps members serving in the school, and offers support on a professional level, as well as a personal level. He sees the strengths in each of the AmeriCorps members, and uses those strengths to produce the best possible outcomes.
“Rawlan pushes us to be the best we can be in our service, and offers words of advice and encouragement for our future endeavors,” stated AmeriCorps member Kat Hennig. “He is passionate about his community, he is passionate about his staff, and he is passionate about the sustainability of good, strong communities.”