Thursday, December 26, 2019
How to Make a Difference Working With AmeriCorps
How to Make a Difference Working With AmeriCorpsHow to Make a Difference Working With AmeriCorpsAmeriCorps is often called the domestic Peace Corps. Both are committed to service and offer rewarding full-time opportunities.AmeriCorps is comprised of three very differentprograms and volunteers should carefully read each description before making a decision to join. One of the great benefits of being an AmeriCorps volunteer is that they offer students an opportunity to make money to pay for college or to help pay off student loans after graduation. The usual commitment ranges from 9 to 12 months, though shorter summer opportunities exist. You are trained at the start of service and receive project-specific training during the course of your work. AmeriCorps Programs AmeriCorps is comprised of a national network of hundreds of programs across the country. AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps NCCC are managed nationally. The third, AmeriCorps State and National, fund local and national o rganizations across the U.S. to recruit AmeriCorps members. Some programs require specific types ofskills, others ask for a bachelors degree or a couple years of related experience, and for some, ambition and commitment are the only requirements. Heres a rundown of the three programs AmeriCorps State and NationalAmeriCorps State and National support various local programs that disperse thousands of people to meet essential community needs covering health, public safety,education and the environment.Grants are given to a range oflocal and national organizationswho in turnto recruit, hire and oversee AmeriCorps members around the country. AmeriCorps VISTAAmeriCorps VISTA dispatches full-time workers to community organizations and public agencies. Ther mission is to develop programs that help low-income individuals and communities rise out of poverty with a focus on local solutions. AmeriCorps NCCC AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time residential program f or people ages 18-24 with assignments in five cities Denver, Sacramento, Baltimore, Vicksburg (MS) and Vinton (IA). The goal is to strengthen communities and create leaders through community service. The program partners with non-profits as well asnon-profits local, state and federal governments, national and state parks, schools, and Indian tribes. AmeriCorpsApplication Go to the My AmeriCorpsand select Search Listings to look for openings around the country. There are a variety of filters to help you target your search including summer if you want a short-term project. As of 2017, there are 210 summer assignments available across the U.S., from camps and museums to public libraries and more. The time commitment varies depending on the needs of the program. While many commitments are full-time, part-time opportunities exist and summer programs run for about three months. Requirements To be eligible for AmeriCorps State and National and AmeriCorps NCCC, you must be at least 17 years old or 16 and out of school. For AmeriCorps VISTA, you must be older than 18 there is no maximum age. If you work full-time for AmeriCorps, youll earn a modest allowance for livingand health care. Part-time positions may or may not offer a living allowance.