The Corporation for National and Community Service houses several streams of National Service, including AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps State programs works on a local, state, and national level to provide AmeriCorps members to meet the vital needs of the country through intensive service. There are three branches to the program including AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).
What is AmeriCorps?
The Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) funds and directly manages AmeriCorps State programs in various locations throughout the state that focus on education, health, youth, emergency response, the environment, and responding to other direct community needs. Communities and organizations wishing to start an AmeriCorps program should contact the KVC or visit the grants section of the website for more information.
The AmeriCorps Kansas members serve in schools, public agencies, and other organizations in programs funded by the KVC. Positions are either full or part time depending upon the needs of the local program and are completed within a 12-month term.
Interested participants must be 17 years of age or older with a dedication to community service. Membership in AmeriCorps affords members valuable learning experiences with the intent of cultivating a civically engaged person for a lifetime. Upon successful completion of their term, AmeriCorps members are eligible for a Segal Education Award which can be used for attendance at a qualified school, to pay back qualified student loans, or if a member is 55 years of age or older at the time they start service, they can transfer their education award to an eligible child or grandchild. AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance during their service, depending upon the local program's design.
How do I become an AmeriCorps Member?