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AmeriCorps isn’t just one program: it is a family of programs that take different approaches to improving lives and strengthening communities.  If you are interested in increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, or just about anything in between, AmeriCorps has a program for you! Learn more about different AmeriCorps paths below, and apply to begin you AmeriCorps adventure today! 

 

Path #1

AmeriCorps Network

The AmeriCorps Network programs offer thousands of diverse service opportunities in every state and territory
in the country.


You will work with people from all walks of life to Get Things Done! To view some of the ways you could serve, view Types of Service  below.

Requirements

Each program in the AmeriCorps Network has specific requirements, based on the service you will perform. Full-time and less-than-full-time service positions are possible, but not in every program.

Benefits

Benefits will vary by program, based on a variety of factors such as (but not limited to) the service position, the term of service, and program and state-specific requirements.

Types of Service

Each program will have the type of position best suited for the service need. You could help improve the academic performance of K-12 students; engage veterans and military families in service; improve job readiness skills for economically disadvantaged people; improve at-risk ecosystems; or enhance the quality of life for seniors or individuals with disabilities, just to name a few. The below list includes some of the other types of service you could get involved with:

  • Build homes
  • Teach in accelerated reading programs
  • Counsel college bound students
  • Support STEM education (ie. building robots)
  • Engage in veterans employment
  • Conservation (ie. parks, streams, public lands)
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Teach and mentor at all grade levels
  • Support disaster preparedness
  • Lead after school and summer camps
  • Serve the homelessness population
  • Lead job training programs
  • Guide health outreach and education

Where You Would Serve

Depending on the location and the program, AmeriCorps members could serve in rural or urban settings in thousands of locations across the United States, such as schools, community-based groups, tribal organizations, or on public lands, to name a few.

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The AmeriCorps Network (AmeriCorps State & National) consists of local, regional, and national organizations who are committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

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Path #2

AmeriCorps NCCC

In our AmeriCorps NCCC program, you can travel the country making a difference in team-based service outdoors
and indoors.


Help communities prepare for and rebuild after disasters, work in regional and national parks, and build homes for needy families.
 

Requirements

  • Must be 18-24 years of age at the start of their service.
  • Members are required to serve full-time for 10 months and complete 1,700 hours of community service, including 80 hours of independent service.
  • Members must be able to serve effectively with a team of individuals from and within communities of diverse cultural, ethnic, economic, geographic, and education backgrounds.
  • Members must be able to communicate, to some extent, in the English language with peers, supervisors, staff and other individuals.
  • They must comply with the rules and regulations outlined in the AmeriCorps NCCC member handbook.
  • Members must be able to perform physical labor, sometimes in stressful environments and adverse weather conditions.
  • They must be willing to serve long hours beyond the eight-hour workday, deploy to any location in the region served by the campus, and be able to deal with sudden and unexpected changes.

Benefits

  • AmeriCorps NCCC members receive a modest living allowance of approximately $4,000 for the 10 months of service (about $200 every two weeks before taxes), while Team Leaders receive a living allowance of approximately $12,000 for 11 months of service (about $500 every two weeks before taxes).
  • Both types of members receive limited medical benefits, up to $400 a month for childcare, if necessary and member uniforms.
  • Members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (currently $5,920) upon successful completion of the program.
  • In addition, members do not have to pay for meals and housing.

Types of Service

  • Filling and installing sandbags for local communities to mitigate the impact of natural disasters
  • Educating people on sustainability and energy conservation practices
  • Constructing or repairing hiking trails in local and national parks across America
  • Receiving, inventorying, and distributing, donated food and other goods
  • Removing exotic vegetation and planting new trees
  • Making facilities handicap accessible and installing informative public signs
  • Directly assisting veterans, homeless, and senior citizen populations
  • Constructing and rehabilitating low-income housing

Where You Would Serve

Members are assigned to one of five campuses — Denver, CO; Sacramento, CA; Baltimore, MD; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, IA. Each campus serves a specific region of the country. Members will travel around their region during their service in AmeriCorps NCCC.

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AmeriCorps NCCC provides two unique experiences: Traditional Corps and FEMA Corps. Learn more about these experiences and much more by visiting the program's homepage. Be sure to visit the FAQs section as well to get answers to specific questions. Do you want to dive deeper into the AmeriCorps NCCC program?

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Path #3

AmeriCorps VISTA

With AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a difference serving one year full-time in the fight to eradicate poverty around
the nation.


An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old when you start your service
  • Must be U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, Lawful Permanent Resident Alien, and person legally residing in a state that has the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status.
  • Specific AmeriCorps VISTA positions may have additional requirements on top of general program requirements such as a college degree, specific experience/classes, languages, etc.
  • Must be willing to serve full time (~40 hours/week) for one full year.

Benefits

  • Living Allowance: Receive a modest bi-weekly living allowance to cover basic expenses.
  • Professional Development Training: Attend an in-person or online training where you learn how to be a community development change agent.
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE): Earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving you an edge in the federal hiring process.
  • End of Service Award: Choose between a $5,920 Segal Education Award to pay for a range of education expenses or a $1,800 cash stipend.

Types of Service

Your service will be in coordination with a community organization (nonprofit, college/university, local government office, etc.) on anti-poverty projects.

AmeriCorps VISTA members work on projects that build the capacity of their organization. Projects can vary and are not limited to:

  • Developing outreach and marketing campaigns
  • Building a social media presence
  • Creating a program database
  • Writing grants
  • Managing a program in its first year
  • Recruiting volunteers

Where You Would Serve

There are AmeriCorps VISTA positons in every state as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Learn More

Learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program by visiting the program's homepage. Be sure to visit the FAQs section as well to get answers to specific questions. Do you want to dive deeper into the AmeriCorps VISTA program?

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If You Chose Path #1: The AmeriCorps Network...

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You're one step closer to serving with an amazing AmeriCorps program. Now you just have to find the right one for you! Click below to view the steps to find a program within the AmeriCorps Network. You can also find positions in the My AmeriCorps Portal.

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If You Chose Path #2 or Path #3: AmeriCorps VISTA or AmeriCorps NCCC...

Then you are on your way to being part of AmeriCorps VISTA or AmeriCorps NCCC! Follow the steps below to apply to one or both of these amazing programs.

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Create Your Profile

2  

Search our Opportunities

3  

Complete Application

4  

Begin Your Service!

Step 1  

Create Your Profile

Create Profile

Create your profile on the my.americorps.gov platform. 

Get Started!

Step 2  

Search our Opportunities

Search for Positions

Within the my.americorps.gov platform, you can search for AmeriCorps NCCC or AmeriCorps VISTA opportunities by zip code, state, program, and interest. You can also check out National Service in your state to look for opportunities in locations you are interested in serving.

Step 3  

Complete Application

Complete Application

Once you have found an AmeriCorps opportunity/program, complete your application through the my.americorps.gov platform.

Step 4  

Begin Your Service!

Begin Your AmeriCorps Service

Once you've been accepted, the only thing left to do is to prepare for an amazing experience with AmeriCorps NCCC or AmeriCorps VISTA!

Rules of Service for AmeriCorps VISTA

 

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