Overview of AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time and energy to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more!
AmeriCorps Members Get Things Done
More than 75,000 Americans across the country participate in AmeriCorps each year. All of them tackle different community needs in different ways.
Here are just a few examples:
AmeriCorps members help communities recover from the damage caused by natural and other disasters.
AmeriCorps members build affordable housing units for families to increase economic opportunity for those living in poverty.
AmeriCorps members facilitate mentorship programs to connect students with community members who can help with academic performance and college preparation.
AmeriCorps members remove trash and other man-made debris from local ponds to promote environmental sustainability.
AmeriCorps members encourage community members to donate fresh produce to local schools to promote healthy futures and reduce childhood obesity.
AmeriCorps members assist veterans and military families in filing for benefits claims, so they get access to the resources they need.
Benefits of AmeriCorps Service
In addition to the reward of serving your country and giving back, benefits of service include, but are not limited to:
- Student loan deferment
- Skills and training
- Living allowance
- Limited health benefit options
- Education Award upon completion of service to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training, or to repay student loans
- Career opportunities with leading employers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors
Duration of a Service Term
AmeriCorps members are dedicated to getting things done for their communities. AmeriCorps members can commit to a service term of anywhere from 3 months to a year, and AmeriCorps members are eligible to serve multiple terms.
Become a Member
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.
Search For AmeriCorps Positions
To search for available AmeriCorps positions, visit the My AmeriCorps Portal.