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Established in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, AmeriCorps engages more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security and other areas.
Anyone can apply! AmeriCorps is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents aged 17 or older. AmeriCorps asks Americans of all ages and backgrounds to spend 300-1700 hours over one year serving others.
In exchange for a year of service, AmeriCorps members receive health insurance, a modest living allowance, and a $4,725 educational award to repay student loans or to finance college, graduate school, or vocational training. Less than full-time members receive a pro-rated living allowance and education award.
For all AmeriCorps programs, members receive a modest living allowance, and some programs provide housing. You may not save much money during your year of service, but most members find the living allowance to be adequate to cover their needs.
How long are the assignments, and are they all full-time?
The time commitment varies, from ten months to a year, depending upon your project. Most assignments are full-time but there are some part-time service opportunities available.
Some programs have specific skill requests in certain areas, and others look for a bachelor’s degree or a few years of related volunteer/job experience. For others, motivation and commitment may be a primary requirement.
As an AmeriCorps member it will be your responsibility to ensure that your tasks are carried out until completion. Examples of tasks may include corresponding with external program administrators and participants or planning and implementing public health related workshops.
Our policy is to provide equal opportunity for all. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment or service because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other improper criterion. Such discrimination is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.