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from the Corporation for National & Community Service
AmeriCorps is an Opportunity
Joining AmeriCorps is a way to put your idealism into action. As an AmeriCorps member, you can help make the world a better place: help children learn, protect the environment, or bring needed services to a low-income community.
There are opportunities in AmeriCorps for anyone who is willing to do something special, something unique, something exciting. As an Americorps member, you can choose the way you wish to serve and gain benefits while helping others.
AmeriCorps is an Experience
AmeriCorps is a real-life education and work experience wrapped into one. As a member, you will learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life. And you will gain the personal satisfaction of taking on challenges and seeing results.
AmeriCorps Offers Tangible Benefits
Most AmeriCorps members receive student loan deferment, and training, and may receive a living allowance and limited health benefit options. After you complete your term of service, you will also receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training or to repay student loans.
Americorps Offers Different Types of Programs
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits, local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, American Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18-24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses—Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa.
Americorps NCCC is modeled after the successful programs of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military. AmeriCorps NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs.
VISTA was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs.
Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty.
By serving with AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference. And, you’ll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.
AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. We provide grants to a network of 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 nationwide. Individuals can serve as AmeriCorps members in every state, U.S. territory, and on tribal reservations.
Full-time AmeriCorps State and National members are given a living allowance; health care; childcare, if they qualify; and become eligible for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program.
Directions: Select all the correct answers.Who are the two target audiences for the passage « AmeriCorps and You »?
high school students looking for volunteer experience for their resume
graduate students interested in researching service organizations
members of Congress responsible for AmeriCorps funding
recent college graduates interested in gaining work experience
young adults interested in giving back to the community for an extended period of time