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Who can serve?

AmeriCorps is open to individuals ages 17 and older.

How can I serve?

When you join AmeriCorps, you choose how you want to give back. Mentor a child. Help boost graduation rates. Support communities impacted by natural disaster. Work to end hunger. These are just a few of the service opportunities available to you through AmeriCorps.

Find an AmeriCorps Opportunity that’s Right for You

We offer opportunities with different time commitments and requirements, meaning you can serve in whatever capacity works for your passions, goals and lifestyle. Learn more about our core service programs below and find your fit.

Find Your Fit

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Between 18-26? Gain valuable professional experience while helping others. Your lodging and travel expenses are covered while you team up and travel as a full-time member supporting community service projects.

Learn more about NCCC

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State and National

We are the matchmaker of national service. Through AmeriCorps State and National, you can serve in a way that fits your schedule, skills, and interests. Select from hundreds of organizations that see service as a solution to local, regional, and national challenges.

Learn more about State and National

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Fight poverty by helping an organization to expand its capacity to make change. Apply your skills to help non-profits, faith-based and community organizations fundraise, write grants, recruit volunteers, and so much more.

Learn more about VISTA

AmeriCorps Benefits

Explore all the benefits of serving as an AmeriCorps member.

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Living Allowance

Receive a modest living allowance to cover basic expenses during your service term.

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Money for College and Trade School

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is offered to individuals who complete a term of service and can be used to pay for a range of educational expenses, like repaying qualified student loans or future tuition payments. You can earn up to two full Education Awards with multiple service terms.

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Loan Deferment and Interest Forbearance

Individuals in approved AmeriCorps positions are eligible for forbearance for most federally-guaranteed student loans. In addition, interest payments that accrue during service may be eligible for repayment by AmeriCorps.

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Professional Development

Jump-start your career and gain transferable skills employers value including leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. Once you complete your service, leverage the Employers of National Service network, which connects you with hundreds of employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors who are committed to hiring alumni.

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Alumni Network

Join a network of like-minded leaders who are passionate about improving communities. AmeriCorps alumni receive access to special benefits and resources. For example, many colleges and universities match the Education Award and offer additional AmeriCorps scholarships.

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Childcare Benefit

If you have children under the age of 13, you may qualify for the AmeriCorps childcare benefit. Your approved benefit rates will be your childcare provider’s rates or the maximum allowable rate in the state the childcare is being provided (whichever is the lesser of the two). 

As a VISTA, I am able utilize my skills to serve underrepresented people while strengthening my knowledge and relationship with my community through teamwork, community involvement and service learning.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

After successfully completing your AmeriCorps term of service and enrolling in the National Service Trust, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

About the Award

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