Pre-Service OverviewThis overview will:•Provide general information: overview of national service and Students ofService (SOS) program basics.•Determine eligibility: determine if you’re eligible to participate and the typesof service activities that qualify•Ensure commitment: with a limited number of scholarships available we wantto ensure you can commit and complete your service successfully. Once youenroll, we cannot offer that same scholarship to anyone else whether or not youcomplete the program.
What is Students of Service (SOS)?SOS is a part-time AmeriCorps program that offers scholarships (education vouchers) to college students who serve as mentors to K-12 students in their community.SOS aims to connect colleges and universities with local communities to increase K-12 academic engagement through mentoring, as well as empower students in higher education to serve by sharing resources, skills, knowledge, and time.SOS challenges YOU to think about what it means to be a civically engaged citizen and why it is important now and in the future.
What is AmeriCorps?AmeriCorps is a program funded by federal tax dollars through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal organization in Washington, D.C.AmeriCorps engages people to serve their communities.AmeriCorps offers several different programs designed to meet critical needs. For Students of Service, the focus is around K-12 student engagement.
Why Should I Join?SERVE your community and make a difference;LEARN about your community and yourself;EARN a scholarship of $1,175 to use for your education expenses such as loans and/or tuition;PREPARE for a job/career after college through real-life experience and responsibility in the community
Am I Eligible?To serve as an SOS member, you must:Be a United States citizen or permanent residentBe at least 17 years oldHave a GED or high school diplomaBe a student at a Maryland-DC Campus Compact member institution
What are Allowable Service Activities?You must spend at least 80% of your time directly mentoring K-12 students to improve their “engagement.”SOS members may simultaneously also: Be work-study students doing community service Take service-learning courses for credit Take service-related internships for credit (i.e. social work, counseling, etc.)
What Service Does Not Qualify?CNCS has defined activities which are not allowed while accruing service hours at your AmeriCorps site. Please review the List of Prohibited Activities in the SOS Member Enrollment Packet.You may engage in these activities in your personal time, but not as part of your term of service.
Your Term of ServiceThroughout your lifetime you can serve up to four AmeriCorps terms of service, not to exceed the equivalent of 2.0 full-time years of service (e.g. Member Service Year or MSY)The Students of Service is broken down as follows: 300 hours (.21 MSY) in 1 calendar year = $1,175Once you make a commitment to a Term of Service, you must serve your entire term in order to earn your Education Award.
What Else Can I Do? Since AmeriCorps and Maryland-DC Campus Compact value your professional growth, you may spend up to 20% of your term of service on Member Development. Member Development is the opportunity to pursue service-related and professional goals. It’s about you, using your service to develop as a person and sharing your new found skills/knowledge with your community! Member development hours can include: Reflection on your service experience Elective course work/class time related to your direct service Professional conferences or workshops Faculty meetings or agency staff meetings
Using Your Education AwardYou receive your education award when you have officially completed yourterm of service and exit the SOS program.Past You may repay qualified student loans such as the Stafford,Perkins, Federal Direct/Indirect (call your lending institution to verify)Present You may apply the award to the cost of attendance at yourcollege or university.Future You have access to the award for up to seven years to use forgraduate programs, individual classes, specialty and trade schools, and studyabroad.For more information on the Education Award, please visithttp://edaward.org/
Take the AmeriCorps Pledge I will get things done for America – to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier. I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities. Faced with apathy, I will take action. Faced with adversity, I will persevere. I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond. I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.
Are you Committed to Becoming an SOS Member?If yes, contact your SOS Campus Partner and ask about availability of positions on your campus (position availability is not guaranteed). If there is space available, then schedule an In-Person Orientation!Service hours will not count until an In-Person Orientation has been completed, your enrollment paperwork is passed in, and your SOS Campus Partner has officially enrolled you in the system.