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AmeriCorps

 
   

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National and  Community Service Trust Act, which established the Corporation for  National and Community Service and brought the full range of domestic  community service programs under the umbrella of one central  organization. This legislation built on the first National Service Act  signed by President H.W. Bush in 1990. It also formally launched AmeriCorps,  a network of national service programs that engage Americans in  intensive service to meet the nation’s critical needs in education,  public safety, health, and the environment.
   

   

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the  lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals  toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Each  year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to  serve through a network of partnerships with local and national  nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a  child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be  getting things done through AmeriCorps. Members address critical needs in communities all across America. As an member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and  you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping  others

   

As an AmeriCorps member, you can:
   

   
         
  • Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth;
         
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  •  Fight illiteracy; Improve health services;
         
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  • Build affordable housing ;
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  • Teach computer skills;
         
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  • Clean parks and streams;
         
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  • Manage or operate after-school programs;
         
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  •  Help communities respond to disasters;
         
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  • Build organizational capacity.  
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In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps     Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back    qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some    members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of    service.