The largest of AmeriCorps programs, AmeriCorps State and National provides funds to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment.
Each of these organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members.
After successful completion of their term of service, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or graduate school at Title IV schools, or to repay qualified student loans. Fulltime AmeriCorps members also receive a modest living allowance, health care benefits, and child care assistance.
Getting Things Done. AmeriCorps members help communities solve problems in the areas of education, public safety, the environment, and other human needs, both through their own direct service and by mobilizing the volunteer service of other Americans.
Strengthening Communities. AmeriCorps unites individuals from all different backgrounds--and organizations of different kinds--in a common effort to improve our communities.
Encouraging Responsibility. AmeriCorps encourages members to explore and exercise their responsibilities to their communities, their families, and themselves during their service experience and throughout their lives.
Expanding Opportunity. AmeriCorps helps those who help America. AmeriCorps members receive awards to further their education or to pay back their student loans as well as invaluable job experience, specialized training, and life skills.
Where can you serve in AmeriCorps State and National? AmeriCorps members serve in AmeriCorps State and National projects in every state, U.S. territories, and on tribal reservations.
Eligibility for AmeriCorps State and National: AmeriCorps State and National programs are open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 17 and older. Members may serve full- or part-time over a period not to exceed 12 months.
What are the benefits? AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance, student-loan forbearance, health coverage, and child care for those who qualify. After successfully completing their term of service, they receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,350. This award can be used to pay off qualified student loans or to finance college, graduate school, or vocational training at eligible institutions. Learn more about benefits of AmeriCorps service.
In addition to these benefits, AmeriCorps members learn new skills, acquire qualities of leadership, and gain a sense of satisfaction from taking on responsibilities that directly affect peoples' lives.