AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward, they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce.
AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults in intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. The AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward.
Coordinated by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships office (FBNP) is an integral part of the AmeriCorps effort to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to give back and serve in their communities.
There are three Americorps Programs
- Americorps NCCC
- Americorps State and National
- Americorps Vista
Read more about the programs here https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs
Identity and Citizenship Verification Process
To serve in an approved AmeriCorps position, an individual must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent alien of the United States (42 U.S.C. 12602(a)(3)). CNCS provides an automated system through which an individual’s information can be verified by the Social Security Administration.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has issued regulations requiring grantees to conduct and document National Service Criminal History Checks on AmeriCorps State and National program participants and staff members, as well as on participants in other Corporation programs.
AmeriCorps was established in 1993 as a way for Americans to give intensive service to their communities and country and earn money for college in return. AmeriCorps State and National engages in strategic grant making to support organizations that see service as a solution to local and national challenges.
Multi-state, state, local and tribal grantees recruit, train and manage AmeriCorps members in direct service and capacity building activities to address unmet community needs in six focus areas: education, healthy futures, clean energy/environment, veterans and military families, disaster services, and economic opportunity.
AmeriCorps members help organizations expand services, build capacity, develop partnerships, leverage resources, create sustainable programs, and recruit and manage other volunteers.
Each year, AmeriCorps members serve with thousands of nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations, helping them expand their reach and better meet their mission. These powerful service experiences also help AmeriCorps members develop lifelong civic engagement. AmeriCorps grant making priorities are informed by the CNCS strategic plan.
Priorities vary somewhat from year to year and are outlined in detail in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). If you want to join Americorps, please create your profile here https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/join-americorps
Young people also faced higher levels of joblessness and underemployment during the Great Recession and recovery, which likely increased demand from this demographic for service opportunities, which can help young adults build skills and gain access to networks that increase their chances of getting hired.
National service creates pathways for young people to meaningful careers, and often leads to lifetimes of public service. For many, national service is a springboard to college, and can provide college course credit or financial support.
The idea of expanding access to service opportunities isn’t just appealing to 20-something looking for work, it’s also gained traction in policy and higher education circles in recent years.
- The Aspen Institute, known for bringing together prominent pundits and policymakers to bat around high-level proposals, created the Franklin Project in 2012, an initiative aimed at making a service year a cultural expectation and civic right for every young American.
- Dartmouth College has already signed on to partner with the project to help incoming freshman complete a year of service before entering the school.
- Clinton’s college affordability plan also featured a nod to expanded national service with a proposal to increase AmeriCorps, the national service program started during her husband’s presidency.
Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
As the nation’s largest grant maker for service and volunteering, CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service.
CNCS harnesses America’s most powerful resource, the energy and talents of our citizens to solve problems. We believe that everyone can make a difference and that all of us should try. From grade school through retirement, CNCS empowers Americans and fosters a lifetime of service.
If you are one of the millions of students in the United States looking for a way to bail yourself out of your student loan, do some good works with the AmeriCorps. It has plenty of programs that would be good enough to pay off your student loans in exchange for service work.
Gain real life educational and work experiences at the same time, manage your student loan well. You can work for 10 months to a year, part time or full time.
When you’re finished with your service, you will a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training or to repay student loans.
This award is traditionally in the amount of $4,725, however, some colleges offer to match the amount, so it’s conceivable to double the amount and receive $9,450 to put towards your student loans.
Depending on the program, you will receive a modest living allowance, housing allowance, health insurance, and other incentives. The Peace Corps implied that you are able to quality or make yourself eligible for public student loan deferment, partial cancellation of your Perkins loan through loan forgiveness, and a readjustment allowance of $7,425 (pre-tax) upon completion of service.
Additionally, Seed Global Health partners with the Peace Corps to help encourage Americans to volunteer in service work, lifting any financial constraints of an individual accepted into the program. Seed Global Health is able to provide loan repayment to eligible volunteers through private philanthropists, which includes educational debt in the amount of up to $30,000 to qualifying individuals.
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by participants who complete a term of national service in an approved AmeriCorps program.
An AmeriCorps member serving in a full-time term of national service is required to complete the service within 12 months. Upon successful completion of the service, members are eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.
The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs), as well as to repay qualified student loans. The dollar amount of a full-time award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grant, thus it can vary from year to year.
Currently, AmeriCorps members may earn up to the value of two full-time education awards and have seven years from the date they earned each award to use it. The award, which was designed to encourage AmeriCorps alumni to seek postsecondary education opportunities, serves as a powerful recruitment tool for individuals to join AmeriCorps.
Studies show that AmeriCorps alumni, with their commitment to service, also make excellent students. A growing number of higher education institutions are “matching” the education award with scholarships and/or academic credits in order to encourage AmeriCorps alumni to enroll in their institutions.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is an independent, federal grant making government agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering.
For almost 20 years, CNCS, through its programs (Senior Corps, Americorps, Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF), and Social Innovation Fund (SIF)) has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.
CNCS provides grants to national and local nonprofits, schools, government agencies, faith based and other community organizations and other groups committed to strengthening their communities through volunteering.
Grants are either made directly to an organization or through an intermediary group that handles the distribution of grant funding. Eligibility requirements and funding opportunities varies by program.
AmeriCorps is an umbrella that consists of three distinct programs: AmeriCorps VISTA, the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps program or NCCC, and AmeriCorps State and National.
Current Funding Opportunities
- May 10, 2017 2017 AmeriCorps State and National Grants – Targeted Priority
- May 10, 2017 FY2017 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants
- Jun 8, 2017 2017 AmeriCorps Affiliate
- Jun 12, 2017 2017 Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion Program Replacement Sponsor Competition
- Jul 6, 2017 Volunteer Generation Fund FY17
To see updated funding opportunities, please visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities
To know more about the Funding and Grants, please visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants
Contact information of the AmeriCorps
1201 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20525
Telephone: (202) 606-5000
TTY: (800) 833-3722
Read more here http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps