This national service program (federal) is dedicated to building young leaders, serving disadvantaged communities, increasing job skills, and providing opportunities to earn money for education. Additionally, a high school diploma or GED is not required to participate in AmeriCorps, making it an excellent option for students that have dropped out of school. AmeriCorps works to meet the needs of each individual in terms of education and training, including those with low reading and math skills. For those already enrolled in a college/technical school, most award college credits for internship/co-op experience for their months of service.

Leadership Skills, Job Training, Educational Award (Equivalent to current Pell Grant)
Housing and Travel Provided
Living Wages, Healthcare Benefits
Student Loan Deferment
Support and Serve American Communities
Build Lifelong Friendships
10 month Commitment= Big Rewards!

Through AmeriCorps, young adults are assigned to non-profits, government agencies, institutions, and community-based organizations. In exchange for their 10 months of service, students receive money for college or to pay off existing student loans (equal to current Pell Grant), student loan deferment, living allowances, health benefits, and new job skills. AmeriCorps offers two Federal programs for 18 to 24 year olds including the NCCC Traditional Corps (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the FEMA Corps, which is focused on response to natural disasters.  Additionally, for those 18 and over with existing leadership skills (no upper age restriction) there is a Team Leader option for both NCCC and FEMA. Team Leaders manage groups of 8 to 10 young adults. All programs are open to citizens of any U.S. state or territory.


Examples of Projects for NCCC & FEMA Corps Members (Training Provided):

Filling and placing sandbags in local communities to mitigate the impact of natural disasters like flooding
Educating citizens on sustainability and energy conservation practices
Constructing or repairing hiking trails in parks
Removing exotic vegetation and planting new trees
Assisting veterans, homeless and senior citizen populations
Constructing and rehabilitating low-income housing
Training the public on disaster preparedness
Planning evacuation routes and recovery plans for potential disasters
Compiling reports, managing and analyzing data
Working with nonprofits and government agencies to coordinate services for disaster survivors
Preparing disaster kits, tracking inventory and loading supplies in FEMA warehouses
Writing federal grants for damaged public facilities

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