AmeriCorps is often described as the domestic version of the Peace Corps. Launched in 1994, AmeriCorps is part of a long, proud history of American service. For more than 25 years, AmeriCorps has been connecting organizations and individuals who are committed to serving their communities and improving lives.
Helping individuals and communities prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters.
Improving the economic well-being of economically disadvantaged people.
Improving educational outcomes.
Training others in conservation, reconnecting people to the outdoors, supporting science-based conservation strategies, increasing renewable energy use, and improving the environment.
Meeting community health care needs including access to care, aging in place, substance abuse, and obesity.
Veterans and Military Families
Positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and their families.
The following organizations are eligible to apply for New York State AmeriCorps program funding:
- Not-for-profit or community-based organizations (must be 501(c)(3))
- Public agencies
- Local governments
- Educational institutions
- Labor organizations
- Indian Tribes
AmeriCorps New York members serve throughout the Empire State. Many receive a living allowance, health care coverage, and child care assistance. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award to pay for higher education expenses, and in some cases, the higher education expenses of their children or grandchildren.
To become an AmeriCorps member, an individual must:
1. Be at least 17 years of age.*
2. Have a high school diploma or equivalent.*
3. Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
*Some exceptions apply. See § 2522.200 for more details.
Contact NYS Commission on National and Community Service
For all media inquiries, language access, and accessibility requests, use the contact information below.