In order for all of our students to succeed, the education system must provide the academic support and encouragement at-risk children need to thrive.
At the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), we believe that all students can thrive when given the chance and we have a simple strategy: Create the conditions that make children and youth want to learn, and give them the opportunity to achieve.
We do this by serving in nearly 12,000 schools, including 1 out of every 4 low-performing schools and 1 out of every 10 charter schools, building capacity in communities across America. Our AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers improve students' academic achievement by increasing their engagement and providing one-on-one time with a concerned, involved adult.
Strategies that help students learn include extended-day and school-year programs, tutoring, mentoring, family involvement, and teacher support. They also involve service-learning opportunities that give students the chance to experience meaningful lessons that teach them about their world inside and outside the school’s classrooms or campus.
National service programs are also cost-effective and they deliver results. Rigorous independent evaluations have demonstrated that CNCS programs: improve school readiness, increase reading and math achievement, improve school attendance and behavior, and increase access to college and careers.
Our AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers benefit from this service as well. Since 1994, AmeriCorps members have earned more than $3.3 billion in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to help pay for college, technical school, or to repay qualified student loans. Senior Corps volunteers benefit from the bonds they form through mentoring and tutoring, giving them purpose and an outlet to share wisdom while providing valuable emotional support to their charges.
We connect caring, capable people with students who benefit from their time and personal attention. National service has helped millions of people serve to help millions of students succeed from pre-K to college.
AmeriCorps for Future Educators
Are your considering a career in education? Do you want first-hand experience working with youth and leading a classroom? Join AmeriCorps and be on your way!
Over half of the Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) budget supports education-related programs. We believe that all students can thrive when given the chance. AmeriCorps members help create the conditions that make students want to learn, and provide opportunities for them to achieve new academic heights.
AmeriCorps connects caring, capable people with students who benefit from their time and personal attention. This is where you come in! Our members help millions of students succeed from pre-K to college.
AmeriCorps Teacher Prep Programs
Some of our AmeriCorps State & National and Affiliate programs are specifically designed to prepare members for teaching careers after service. Such programs engage AmeriCorps members in academic achievement strategies, specifically in low-income amd at-risk areas, direct teaching, lesson plan development, and more. To search for programs like this, visit My AmeriCorps.
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit earned by individuals who complete an approved term of national service in AmeriCorps programs. Institutions can opt into our Education Award Matching Program and further incentivize by matching the amount of the education award, offering service scholarships, or waiving application fees.
Institutions such as Bard College in California and the George Washington Graduate School of Education and Development in Washington, D.C. offer programs in teaching and other education fields. For a complete list visit Matching Instititions.
Check out this new toolkit for superintendents, principals, and other education stakeholders to learn more about how to leverage national service in your schools.