LIFE AFTER AMERICORPSLeveraging Your Year of ServiceExperience to Build Your FutureMay 02, 2013
OBJECTIVES Provide resources so you candecide the next steps and continueon the path to your dream job/life. Walk throug...
YOUR TERM IS ALMOST DONE… HOW DOYOU FEEL???Proud, accomplished, satisfiedApathetic, disconnected, fatiguedNervous, exci...
Chances are you feel more awareof social issues in the communityand school where you servedYou may now or sometime soonf...
REFLECTCan you identify what, specificallyhas made you feel this way?What motivated you to joinAmeriCorps?What have bee...
WHAT’S NEXT? Re-enrollment in AmeriCorps or other service Continuing in Higher Education Employment Other:____________...
WHERE TO GO??? Stay in the service community (Oakland/SanLorenzo) Go home (if away) Go elsewhere, somewhere new Other:...
PREPARE TO LEAVE Catalog your accomplishments/Build a Portfolio Position Description Data on your accomplishments Surv...
LEAVING RIGHT Before you pack your “desk” Final administrative issues: exitinterview, forms, timesheets, Daily Activity ...
DEALING WITH LEAVING Prepare to describe your experience Prepare for a variety of responses Journal, converse, express...
RE-ENROLLING IN AMERICORPS Available if you have served less than four terms ofservice (any length) Same Program If you...
RE-ENROLL TO RECEIVE MORE COLLEGE $ The maximum Education Award is equal tothe Maximum Pell Grant limit: Full-time $5,55...
RE-ENROLLING… SORT OF… Peace Corps www.peacecorps.gov Teach for America www.teachforamerica.org Extended Volunteer Ex...
EDUCATION Finish your Undergrad Program Enroll in Grad School (MA, MS, PhD) Take classes of interest here and there Se...
SEGAL EDUCATION AWARDTo access your award, you must: Successfully complete your AmeriCorps term Program Director must ex...
ACCESSING YOUR EDUCATION AWARD1. In your home page, under “My Education Award” clickon the “Create Education Award Payment...
NEXT STEPS…1. The school or loan holder will complete theirportion of the form and return it electronically tothe Corporat...
SEGAL EDUCATION AWARDGoing Back to School:You can use the ed. Award at any TitleIV school as defined by the U.S. Dept.of ...
SEGAL EDUCATION AWARDPaying back your loans: Must be qualified! Lender should be able to tell you if your loan iscovered...
TRUE OR FALSE?
TRUE OR FALSE As soon as you finish your term of service, you canreceive your education award. FALSE. To become eligibl...
TRUE OR FALSE??
TRUE OR FALSE Members can choose to take a cash paymentrather than the education award. True AND False. VISTA members c...
TRUE OR FALSE???
TRUE OR FALSE If you use your credit card to pay for school, youcan use your education award to pay your creditcard bill....
MORE ON THAT… The TRUST makes education award payments onlyto loan holders or Title IV schools, NOT you. But what if I d...
Work with your financial aid office soyou don’t have to pay out of pocket orto assure that you will get reimbursed.
TRUE OR FALSE You can use your education award to attendschools overseas. TRUE You are eligible to use your education a...
HOW MANY YEARS?
HOW MANY YEARS? How many Years do you have to use youreducation award? SEVEN. You have 7 years from the date of complet...
YES OR NO
YES OR NO? Do you have to use your Education Award all atonce? NO. You can draw from your education award accountat the...
TRUE OR FALSE?
TRUE OR FALSE? The education award is considered taxable income. TRUE. The Ed. Award counts as taxable income for the t...
MATCH! Many schools match the Education Award % of award value, class credit, application fee, scholarships, etc. An in...
DISCLAIMER! The best use of the Education Award is extremelyvariant depending on: Your particular situation Your lender...
EDUCATION AWARD & FINANCIAL AID Get the most buying power! ALWAYS: Fill out the FAFSA’s additional financialinformation ...
LOAN: FORBEARANCE If you obtained forbearance on loans while inservice and successfully complete your term… The TRUST wi...
LOAN: FORBEARANCE You should: First be exited from the system When you see your term end & award appear in “MyAmeriCorp...
LOAN: ADVANCE VS. PRINCIPALAdvance (automatic) The Ed. Award pays out as multiplemonthly bills (pays INTEREST beforeprin...
ADVANCE VS. PRINCIPAL (CONT.) Principal (must request to yourlender in writing)The Ed. Award goes directly to the fullam...
LESSONS LEARNED… (VIDEO FROM YOUTUBE)
LOAN: INCOME BASED REPAYMENT What is IBR? A relatively new student loan repayment plan Uses a sliding scale to determin...
LOAN: INCOME BASED REPAYMENT What about Interest? In some situations, your IBR payment may notcover the interest on your...
LOAN: PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESSObama Administration initiativeIf you work in a qualifying publicservice position, ...
WHO QUALIFIES FOR PSLF? People with federal student loans who work in awide range of “public service” jobs, including job...
BREAK
LEVERAGING YOUR SERVICE Objective: strategize how to best construct andrepresent your service experience on aresume, lett...
LEVERAGING YOUR SERVICE Start with your position description Make a list of everything you can think of that youcreated,...
LEVERAGING YOUR SERVICE Make your bullet points Use action verbs: Evaluated, developed, facilitated, supervised, admini...
THE AMERICORPS EXPERIENCE
LEVERAGING YOUR SERVICE Also consider the training you received: CPR / First Aid Diversity & Cross-cultural Communicati...
LEVERAGING YOUR SERVICE Written or spoken narrative For interviews, letters of intent, etc. Identify your biggest achie...
STAYING ENGAGED http://www.americorpsalums.org Find your local chapter and get connected withother alum!
STAYING ENGAGED Take advantage of: Career Center Free Tax Preparation Bank of America Free Checking You should also:...
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  • Life After AmeriCorps day 1

    1. 1. LIFE AFTER AMERICORPSLeveraging Your Year of ServiceExperience to Build Your FutureMay 02, 2013
    2. 2. OBJECTIVES Provide resources so you candecide the next steps and continueon the path to your dream job/life. Walk through systems you will needto access after you exit AmeriCorps. Equip you with powerful informationto make the most of your post-AmeriCorps life. Prepare you for stages of transitionand re-entry.
    3. 3. YOUR TERM IS ALMOST DONE… HOW DOYOU FEEL???Proud, accomplished, satisfiedApathetic, disconnected, fatiguedNervous, excited, eagerAngry, frustrated, cynicalConfused, fearful, isolated
    4. 4. Chances are you feel more awareof social issues in the communityand school where you servedYou may now or sometime soonfeel a sense of loss
    5. 5. REFLECTCan you identify what, specificallyhas made you feel this way?What motivated you to joinAmeriCorps?What have been TWO standoutaccomplishments as anAmeriCorps member?
    6. 6. WHAT’S NEXT? Re-enrollment in AmeriCorps or other service Continuing in Higher Education Employment Other:_____________ Do nothing/Chill
    7. 7. WHERE TO GO??? Stay in the service community (Oakland/SanLorenzo) Go home (if away) Go elsewhere, somewhere new Other:__________
    8. 8. PREPARE TO LEAVE Catalog your accomplishments/Build a Portfolio Position Description Data on your accomplishments Surveys Curriculum, programs you created Leave a map for next year’s members (binder) Guides for systems you created for continuation, wherestuff is; helpful hints Make time to say goodbye Co-workers, fellowmembers, volunteers, youth, communitymembers, friends, etc.
    9. 9. LEAVING RIGHT Before you pack your “desk” Final administrative issues: exitinterview, forms, timesheets, Daily Activity Logs, etc. Clarify you’ve signed everything and have all documents inorder. All documents must be received in order to exit satisfactorily. Forwarding address, exchange of contact info Ask for a reference or two!
    10. 10. DEALING WITH LEAVING Prepare to describe your experience Prepare for a variety of responses Journal, converse, express Recreate, catch up, enjoy yourself Continue to volunteer When you’re ready: Research, apply, interview Remember: Change is Inevitable!
    11. 11. RE-ENROLLING IN AMERICORPS Available if you have served less than four terms ofservice (any length) Same Program If you’ve had a positive experience If you feel there is still more opportunity to grow in this area oryou would like to be instrumental in the program growing Different Program AmeriCorps State/National AmeriCorps VISTA AmeriCorps NCCC (if you are 18-24) Senior Corps (55+)
    12. 12. RE-ENROLL TO RECEIVE MORE COLLEGE $ The maximum Education Award is equal tothe Maximum Pell Grant limit: Full-time $5,550 (2013)
    13. 13. RE-ENROLLING… SORT OF… Peace Corps www.peacecorps.gov Teach for America www.teachforamerica.org Extended Volunteer Experiences www.handsonbayarea.org
    14. 14. EDUCATION Finish your Undergrad Program Enroll in Grad School (MA, MS, PhD) Take classes of interest here and there Seneca Center Community Colleges Berkeley Extensions Professional Organizations
    15. 15. SEGAL EDUCATION AWARDTo access your award, you must: Successfully complete your AmeriCorps term Program Director must exit you from the system You must access the “My AmeriCorps Portal”
    16. 16. ACCESSING YOUR EDUCATION AWARD1. In your home page, under “My Education Award” clickon the “Create Education Award Payment Request”link to bring up the screen to request the payment.2. Follow the instructions and complete the form.3. Select the purpose of the payment (loan or currenteducational expenses), the amount of thepayment, and identify the holder of your student loan.4. Click “submit”, a notice will be sent electronically toyour educational or loan institution.5. A record of your request will appear in your accounthome page.
    17. 17. NEXT STEPS…1. The school or loan holder will complete theirportion of the form and return it electronically tothe Corporation.2. They will fill in the amount for which you areeligible if the request is for current educationalexpenses or they will provide the payoff amountand loan type if the request is for a student loan.3. When the payment has been made, your accountwill reflect the deduction.
    18. 18. SEGAL EDUCATION AWARDGoing Back to School:You can use the ed. Award at any TitleIV school as defined by the U.S. Dept.of EducationIncludes many technical/vocational programshttp://www.finaid.org/fafsa/tiv.phtml (runsearch by state)
    19. 19. SEGAL EDUCATION AWARDPaying back your loans: Must be qualified! Lender should be able to tell you if your loan iscovered by these statutes Usual suspects include: Perkins, Stafford, WilliamD. Ford, & Federal consolidation loans Be careful before you consolidate your loans to aprivate company Pay out the value of your ed. Award first!
    20. 20. TRUE OR FALSE?
    21. 21. TRUE OR FALSE As soon as you finish your term of service, you canreceive your education award. FALSE. To become eligible to receive your educationaward, you must complete all of your program’srequirements in addition to your service hours orterm. Your Program Director has to exit you fromthe system with the designation of “successfullycompleted”.
    22. 22. TRUE OR FALSE??
    23. 23. TRUE OR FALSE Members can choose to take a cash paymentrather than the education award. True AND False. VISTA members can decide between a $5,550education award and a $1,500 cash stipend as theirpost-service benefit. AmeriCorps State and National members (YOU!)can select only the education award option.
    24. 24. TRUE OR FALSE???
    25. 25. TRUE OR FALSE If you use your credit card to pay for school, youcan use your education award to pay your creditcard bill. FALSE You can use your education award to makepayments to qualified schools or loan agenciesholding your qualified federal loans.
    26. 26. MORE ON THAT… The TRUST makes education award payments onlyto loan holders or Title IV schools, NOT you. But what if I don’t have to pay tuition? The Ed. Award covers the “cost of attendance” Room and Board, books, supplies, fees In some cases, schools will have purchasingagreements for computers and will have the studentsbuy through those companies. In other cases, studentsmay be able to bring in receipts for purchases madeand get reimbursed.
    27. 27. Work with your financial aid office soyou don’t have to pay out of pocket orto assure that you will get reimbursed.
    28. 28. TRUE OR FALSE You can use your education award to attendschools overseas. TRUE You are eligible to use your education award at anyschool listed by the U.S. Dept. of Education as TitleIV. Many overseas schools are Title IV. If a school doesn’t accept your Ed. Award, you canoften apply for a Stafford or other Fed award andthen repay that with your Ed. Award. ALWAYS ASK!!!
    29. 29. HOW MANY YEARS?
    30. 30. HOW MANY YEARS? How many Years do you have to use youreducation award? SEVEN. You have 7 years from the date of completion ofservice to use your Ed. Award. Under certaincircumstances, you may receive an extension. Youmust apply in writing. To learn more about this, callthe National Service Trust at 1-888-507-5962. Circumstances may include: more AmeriCorpsterms, Peace Corps, military, illness, etc.
    31. 31. YES OR NO
    32. 32. YES OR NO? Do you have to use your Education Award all atonce? NO. You can draw from your education award accountat the National Service Trust in increments. Overseveral semesters or institutions. You can also usepart for tuition and/or and part to pay off studentloans.
    33. 33. TRUE OR FALSE?
    34. 34. TRUE OR FALSE? The education award is considered taxable income. TRUE. The Ed. Award counts as taxable income for the taxyears in which you use more than $600. BUT!!!! Most states have a law which waives the state taxfor AmeriCorps Education Awards You must use the Ed. Award at a public state school, notprivate. i.e. a UC, Cal State Univ., etc.
    35. 35. MATCH! Many schools match the Education Award % of award value, class credit, application fee, scholarships, etc. An incomprehensive list:http://www.nationalservice.gov/for_organizations/highered/ed_award_match.asp Current California Schools that participate: Antioch University Santa Barbara California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Mills College Monterey Institute of International Studies Notre Dame de Namur Pacifica Graduate Institute Union Institute & University – Los Angeles and Sacramento University of the Pacific
    36. 36. DISCLAIMER! The best use of the Education Award is extremelyvariant depending on: Your particular situation Your lender The financial aid office at your school And everyone’s knowledge of AmeriCorps’ EducationAwards There is NO magic bullet! Don’t give up if you encounter barriers. You haveearned this award.
    37. 37. EDUCATION AWARD & FINANCIAL AID Get the most buying power! ALWAYS: Fill out the FAFSA’s additional financialinformation section and report your AmeriCorps Ed.Award amount. Your Ed. Award will not count against your financialaid need. TIP! Save the award and accept the school’sfinancial aid offer. May lose larger scholarships andgrants if you frontload Ed. Award. Learn about Financial Aid: www.finaid.org Meet with a Fin. Aid counselor, tell them you have anaward, but don’t want to use it if it will cause you to losefinancial aid.
    38. 38. LOAN: FORBEARANCE If you obtained forbearance on loans while inservice and successfully complete your term… The TRUST will pay accrued interest All interest (for full time) A portion (for part time) Subject to taxes… Does not deduct from your Education Award.
    39. 39. LOAN: FORBEARANCE You should: First be exited from the system When you see your term end & award appear in “MyAmeriCorps” Request a statement from your lender that shows thetotal accrued interest during your postponement period(with beginning and end dates). Have the statement sent to the Trust Get a copy sent to you for your records.
    40. 40. LOAN: ADVANCE VS. PRINCIPALAdvance (automatic) The Ed. Award pays out as multiplemonthly bills (pays INTEREST beforeprincipal) You don’t pay any loan bills during thisperiod… but they will return.May be for you if:You hate paying your billsYou know you may not be able to pay for awhile
    41. 41. ADVANCE VS. PRINCIPAL (CONT.) Principal (must request to yourlender in writing)The Ed. Award goes directly to the fullamount borrowed before interestYou continue to pay your bills at a lowerrateMay be for you if: You want your loan paid off sooner You can pay your monthly bills now You want to pay less over the lifetime ofyour loan.
    42. 42. LESSONS LEARNED… (VIDEO FROM YOUTUBE)
    43. 43. LOAN: INCOME BASED REPAYMENT What is IBR? A relatively new student loan repayment plan Uses a sliding scale to determine how much you canafford to pay on your federal loan(s). If you earn below 150% of the poverty level for yourfamily size, your required loan payment will be $0. If you earn more, your loan payment will be capped at15% of what you earned above that amount. Except for the highest earners, it usually works out toless than 10% of your total income. http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/12poverty.shtml
    44. 44. LOAN: INCOME BASED REPAYMENT What about Interest? In some situations, your IBR payment may notcover the interest on your loans. If so, the Gov’t will pay that interest on yourSubsidized Stafford Loans for the first 3 years. After 3 years, the interest will be added to the totalamount you owe. Your debt will grow, but anything you still owe after25 years of qualifying payment will be forgiven. http://ibrinfo.org
    45. 45. LOAN: PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESSObama Administration initiativeIf you work in a qualifying publicservice position, it will forgiveremaining debt after 10 years ofeligible employment and qualifyingloan payments.http://studentaid.ed.gov/
    46. 46. WHO QUALIFIES FOR PSLF? People with federal student loans who work in awide range of “public service” jobs, including jobs ingovernment and nonprofit, 501(c)(3) orgs Must be employed FULL-TIME OR serving in a full-time AmeriCorps, Peace Corps,or T4A Position Must make regular payments on student loans–120payments while serving in public service. More info:http://www.finaid.org/loans/publicservice.phtml
    47. 47. BREAK
    48. 48. LEVERAGING YOUR SERVICE Objective: strategize how to best construct andrepresent your service experience on aresume, letter of intent, or verbal interview. This is an intro method, and creating a polishedproduct for yourself will take quite a bit more time…
    49. 49. LEVERAGING YOUR SERVICE Start with your position description Make a list of everything you can think of that youcreated, enhanced, accomplished or learned. Think about: For whom? How often? With what result? To ensure what?Why? How? Think in numbers and time Recruited 120 community volunteers for 2 National ServiceDay events…
    50. 50. LEVERAGING YOUR SERVICE Make your bullet points Use action verbs: Evaluated, developed, facilitated, supervised, administered, initiated, generated, achieved…. Make a big, general list and save in a document orwithin your general resume. Pick and choose the most important/applicable for aspecific resume for the position(s) for which you areapplying.
    51. 51. THE AMERICORPS EXPERIENCE
    52. 52. LEVERAGING YOUR SERVICE Also consider the training you received: CPR / First Aid Diversity & Cross-cultural Communications Conflict Resolution COST Family Engagement Curriculum Development Other:_________________ Again, pick the most relevant for your tailoredresume.
    53. 53. LEVERAGING YOUR SERVICE Written or spoken narrative For interviews, letters of intent, etc. Identify your biggest achievement, mostmeaningful, most challenging (assign them all) In 500 words or less, describe each bullet point and whyyou assigned it as such. For interviews, write it all down and then edit to 2-3minutes of speech. Practice.
    54. 54. STAYING ENGAGED http://www.americorpsalums.org Find your local chapter and get connected withother alum!
    55. 55. STAYING ENGAGED Take advantage of: Career Center Free Tax Preparation Bank of America Free Checking You should also: Contact your elected officials and encourage them tosupport AmeriCorps and eliminate the federal tax on theeducation award.

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