AHEAD Members: How to get involved
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a national service organization often referred to as the "Domestic Peace Corps." People who join AmeriCorps commit to do a year of service in exchange for a modest living stipend and a scholarship. AmeriCorps is a real-life education and work experience wrapped into one.
What Do AmeriCorps Members Do?
People who join AmeriCorps (called "members") provide direct service in the areas of education, human needs, public safety, environment or homeland security. Examples include tutoring children, helping new immigrants find jobs, and building houses. Some members coordinate community programs, recruit community volunteers, or work in an office setting. There are hundreds of different Americorps positions available, including full- and part-time. Full-time members complete 1700 hours of service in about one year, usually starting in August, September, or October.
AmeriCorps members receive significant training and personal/professional development opportunities. From 10% - 20% of an AmeriCorps members' hours are spent in training. Members are trained to perform the specific tasks of their position, and may be trained in other areas such as leading groups, coordinating volunteers, time management, and preparing for a career after AmeriCorps.
Benefits of Serving in AmeriCorps
Members receive a modest living allowance, health insurance, a child care subsidy, and a scholarship ($4,725 for full-time service) to pay for higher education or to repay qualified student loans. Members also receive training, career connections, marketable skills, and the chance to make a real difference in people's lives. AmeriCorps in an awesome adventure and a way to gain the experience of a lifetime!