Why become an AmeriCorps service member?

As an AmeriCorps member, you can help make the world a better place while building professional skills. You will learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life personally and professionally. And you will gain the personal satisfaction of taking on challenges and seeing results.

Members can serve in a full-time, half-time, or quarter-time capacity. A full-time member agrees to serve a minimum of 1,700 hours within one full year. This will take an average of 40 hours/week over a course of a 42.5-week period. Full-time members are issued a living allowance of $13,992 (pre-tax) in equal monthly payments. Upon successful completion of 1,700 hours of service, the AmeriCorps member qualifies for a $6,996 education award in the form of a voucher, and can be used to repay qualified student loans or to pay toward the cost of attending a Title IV institution of higher education. Members serving in a capacity also qualify for the living allowance and education award. Additional benefits of being a full-time member include health insurance and childcare subsidy.

“Becoming an AmeriCorps Member was one of the greatest experiences I have had thus far. I was given endless opportunities to build capacity, develop and sustain professional and personal relationships, along with improving my professional skills. Through my role, I was primarily responsible for raising awareness of AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children through quarterly newsletters and developing education content and presentations. I worked closely with the local Community Partnership for Protecting Children Statewide Coordinator, and hosted/participated in events at Iowa State University, Ames, and the Des Moines area. 

AmeriCorps is a unique program that cares about your personal development as equally as they care about the development of AmeriCorps. 
-Kelley Harris, 2019