Volunteer at the Americana World Festival

We are looking for high-energy volunteers to help with a 2-hour shift (or more!) during the 26th Americana World Festival on June 4th, 2016 at Iroquois Amphitheater!

Volunteers will help with set-up, tear down, the Americana booth, or kids’ activities. If you’re planning to come to the festival, consider helping out for a couple hours, as well. This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups!


Fill out the following Google form to volunteer.




Serve at Americana as a VISTA This Summer!

We’re looking for awesome VISTA Summer Associates to work with our Summer Youth Program (SYP). 250 immigrant, refugee, and low-income K-12 youth will participate in this 7-week long summer program that uses fun and engaging activities to prevent summer learning loss and develop kids’ interests! SYP VISTAs will plan and lead the teen and elementary activities alongside Americana program staff.

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Summer 2014 in Review

This summer Americana Community Center served 181 youth in the Louisville community! With the help of our supporters and partnering agencies, we were able to provide quality programs that inspired our youth.  We relied on twelve Mayor’s Summerworks program participants to assist our teachers and AmeriCorps Summer VISTAs in implementing programs. Each of the 7 weeks of programming had a theme, such as Math & Science, Dreaming of the Future, and Health & Wellness. From art to fitness to college,  we offered opportunities for our participants to learn something valuable every day.

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We are proud to say that Americana had the first ever summer STEM program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky! We had 33 teenagers participate in a 7-week course held twice a week on digital electronics facilitated by former NASA technician. The teens performed experiments that demonstrated how electricity is conducted and spent one class per week creating circuits using household materials and other relevant items.


Summer Highlights:

  • First Tee of Louisville gave a day-long workshop
  • 502 Power Yoga taught weekly classes
  • Boy Scouts hosted a field day
  • A Instructor from Crane House taught Cultural Dance class
  • Teen Fiberworks class was wildly successful, and created cat mats for the Human Society
  • Multiple visits from the LFPL Book Mobile and had volunteers read to classes
  • We took youths to the Louisville Zoo and Science Center during Math & Science week
  • Teens took a tour of the JCTC campus
  • We had speakers talk to our teens about college and career readiness
  • PNC  Bank gave a financial education  workshop to teens
  • Weekly Junior Achievement classes
  • Took youth to Scottie’s Place, a camp in West Virginia that assists children affected by poverty and conflict
  • With the help of Dare to Care, we served 3 meals every day at Kids Cafe
  • Metro Parks Adventure Camp
  • Sierra Club outing to the Falls of the Ohio
  • Weekly trips to the Norton Pool
  • Created a Teen Boys Club, and a Teen Girls Club


Please watch this video created by summer intern, Elizabeth DeVelvis, and see all that we did this summer!