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A quick overview of the AmeriCorps Program

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    • The AmeriCorps Story
      Get Things Done for America
    • My AmeriCorps Story
      • Add your own text or photos.
    • AmeriCorps Rooted in America’s Tradition of Service
      1933: Civilian Conservation Corps
      1961: Peace Corps
      1964: VISTA
      1993: The Corporation for
      National and Community
      Service and AmeriCorps
      2009: Serve America Act
    • Corporation for National and Community Service & AmeriCorps
      The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers three main programs:
      • Senior Corps: 450,000 Americans 55+
      • AmeriCorps: 85,000 members
      • Learn and Serve America:1.5 million students inservice-learning
    • The Edward M. Kennedy
      Serve America Act
      • Signed into law April 21, 2009
      • Landmark legislation to expand service
      • Expands AmeriCorps to 250,000 members by 2017
      • Priority focus on education, health, environment, veterans, and economic opportunity
    • AmeriCorps Fast Facts
    • AmeriCorps TodayMeeting critical needs across America
      • Teach and Tutor
      • Mentor Youth
      • Build homes
      • Fight poverty
      • Conserve the environment
      • PROVIDE HEALTH SERVICES
      • Respond to disasters
      • MOBILIZE VOLUNTEERS
      • Assist veterans
      • Much, much more…
    • AmeriCorps TodayThree Programs
      AmeriCorps
      State/National
      AmeriCorps
      VISTA
      AmeriCorps
      NCCC
    • AmeriCorps State and National
      • Largest branch of AmeriCorps
      • About 77,000 members serve each year
      • Members serve with more than 1,840 organizations
      • Members address needs in education, environment, health, housing, disaster response and more
      • Grantees include: national and local nonprofits, schools, and universities, public agencies, and Native American tribes
      • Full-time and part-time opportunities
    • AmeriCorps VISTA
      • AmeriCorps’ poverty-fighting arm
      • Created in 1964 as part of War on Poverty
      • 7,200 members serve each year
      • VISTAs collaborate with low-income individuals and communities to fight poverty
      • Focus on capacity building: raising funds, recruiting volunteers, and designing sustainable programs
      • More than 1,300 project sponsors
      • Full-time year-long service
    • AmeriCorps NCCC
      • Team-based residential service
      • Focus on disaster response, environment, housing, and youth
      • Teams travel to projects in neighboring states
      • Open to 18-24 year-olds
      • 1,100 members serve each year
      • Members live on 5 campuses: Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Vinton, IA; Perry Point, MD and Vicksburg, MS
      • Full-time 10-month service
    • Who Benefits from AmeriCorps? We All Do
      • Youth, Seniors, and Others In Needbenefit from the tutoring, mentoring, health, housing, and other services members provide.
      • Communities benefit from having better schools, safer streets, more affordable housing, a cleaner environment, and more engaged citizens.
      • Organizations gain from having more reach and impact: 92% of sponsoring groups say members helped increase how many people they served to a large or moderate extent.
      • Membersacquire leadership and career skills, earn money for college, and learn how to be active citizens.
    • AmeriCorps AlumniContinuing Their Service and Commitment
      Longitudinal studies show AmeriCorps alums:
      • are more connected to their communities
      • continue to participate in community activities
      • choose public service careers at higher levels than their peers
    • How AmeriCorps Members Help Community Organizations?
      • AmeriCorps serves with 3,300 national, state, and local groups.
      • AmeriCorps expand reachand impact – through direct service or capacity building such as fundraisingand volunteer recruitment.
    • Why Join AmeriCorps?
      • To help others
      • Career skills
      • Adventure
      • Benefits
      • Serve my community
    • AmeriCorps Benefits
      AmeriCorps Benefits include:
      • Living allowance
      • Health care
      • Student loan deferment
      • Training
      • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award equal to the maximum amount of the Pell Grant that can be used to pay for college or pay back student loans. For 2010-2011, the amount is $5350
    • Interested In Joining AmeriCorps?
      • Visit AmeriCorps.govto learn more
      • Think about how andwhere you want to serve
      • Talk to AmeriCorpsmembers and alums
      • Find out what programs are recruiting
      • Apply!
    • Corporation for National and Community Service & AmeriCorps
      How You Can Support AmeriCorps
      • Donate goods and services
      • Provide matching funds
      • Volunteer alongside AmeriCorps
      • Spread the word
    • For more information
      AmeriCorps website: AmeriCorps.gov
      MPCA Community HealthCorps: www.mpca.net/healthcorps.html