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Students in Service
Transcript of Students in Service
for your education expenses,
loans, and/or tuition. Why should you join? What are the benefits? Are you eligibile? National Service Network AmeriCorps Complete Service Political Activities Religious Activities Safety Concerns Union Activities For-Profit Businesses Administrative Service Fundraising* Application Orientation & Enrollment Start Serving AmeriCorps Pledge Students in Service (SIS) is a part-time AmeriCorps program that offers scholarships to college students who serve their community. SIS aims to connect colleges and universities with local communities to empower students to serve by sharing resources, skills, knowledges, and time. SIS aims to challenge members to think about what it means to be a civically-engaged citizen and why it is important now and in the future. SERVE LEARN EARN your community and give back through service. about your community and yourself. The scholarship The difference you can make. The opportunity to grow professionally and personally. The opportunity to serve your community and reflect on what it means to be a civically-engaged citizen of the USA and why it is important now and in the future. The network of thousands of students throughout the United States committed to improving their communities. The National Service movement you become part of. In order to serve with our program and become part of the National Service Network, you must: Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident.
Be at least 17 years old
Have a GED or high school diploma or be working to earn one of the two by the end of your service term.
Enrolled in at least 6 credits of undergraduate or graduate work. The SIS program operates within a network of national and state organizations. The network is multifaceted and serves as a foundation for bringing this service and scholarship opportunity to you. US Congress Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) a federal organizaion in D.C. supports several different streams of National Service, including: engages people to serve their communities offers several different programs. Each program is designed to meet critical needs in: Education Public Safety Human Needs Homeland Security Environment It's as easy as 1-2-3! 1. Decide on the number of hours you want to serve (also known as a Term of Service). 2. Complete your Term of Service. 3. Receive your Education Award
(scholarship). 1 Select Number of Hours 3 Receive Award Throughout your lifetime, you can serve up to 4 AmeriCorps terms of service but not to exceed the equivalent of 2 full year terms of service or 2.0 MSY (member service year). The SIS Program offers three Terms of Service:
300 hours (.21 MSY) of service in 1 calendar year = $1,132
450 hours (.26 MSY) of service in 1 calendar year = $1,415
900 hours (.5 MSY) of service in up to 2 calendar years = $2,675 These service hours may be a combination of personal volunteer time with a nonprofit agency, academic internship or practicum hours serving your community, and/or time spent at your Community Work Study job. You can create a "service package" that fits your goals and needs. Once you make a commitment to one of these Terms of Service, you must serve your entire term in order to earn your Education Award. You cannot change your term of service once you have enrolled. Do You Have Time for SIS? What Can You Do In this Program? Through SIS, you can spend at least 80% of your time by serving at any qualifying not-for-profit organization such as:
arts and culture institutions Examples of service activities:
Tutoring and mentoring youth
Building affortdable housing
Teaching computer skills
Cleaning parks and streams
Running after-school programs
Helping communities respond to diasters What Else Can You Do? Since AmeriCorps & Campus Compact value your professional growth, you can spend up to 20% of program time on "Member Development". Member Development Member development is the opportunity to pursue service-related and professional goals that are education and service oriented. It's about you, using your service to develop as a person and sharing your new skill/knowledge with the community. Examples of member development 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 300-hr Term of Service = 60 Member Development hours 2 How Can You Use It? Past: Members can repay qualified student loans such as the Stafford, Perkins, or Federal Direct/Indirect - call your lending institution to make sure. Present: Members can apply the Education Award towards the cost of attendance at their college or university. Future: Members can use the Education Award for up to 7 years towards graduate programs, individual classes, specialty and trade schools, and study abroad. The Education Award: is issued by the National Service Trust in Washington D.C.
is issued to AmeriCorps Members after they succesfully complete their service hours, evaluations, and exit paperwork.
can be used immediately once you have been officially exited from SIS.
is considered taxable income by IRS in the year it is used, not the year it is earned.
is revoked if a member is convicted of a felony drug charge after successfully completing his/her Term of Service.
is not granted to Members who exit the program without successfully completing his/her Term of Service or completing the exit paperwork. If this were to occur, the student is still eligible for additional Terms of Service (not to exceed 2.0 MSY). A 300-hr Term of Service is about: 6 hours/week for
1 calendar year Remember - you can also do service on the weekends and during school breaks. You can finish your term as quickly as you want. Every program has restrictions, so before you commit to the program, please remember that CNCS has some defined activities that are not allowed while accruing service hours at your service site.
You may engage in these activities in your personal time, but not as part of your Term of Service or on your timesheets. Efforts to influence legislation
Engaging in partisan political activities
Advocacy for or against political parties, platforms, or candidates.
Voter registration drives
Participating in boycotts, strikes, or protests. Engaging in religious instruction or proselytizing
Conducting worship services
Constructing or maintaining facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship Assisting, promoting or deterring union organizing
Interfering with contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements
Participation in activities that pose a significant safety risk to yourself or people you would be serving. However, challenge-by-choice and ropes courses are appropriate service activities. Participation in grant writing or fundraising for operational expenses at a non-profit agency. However, fundraising for specific service projects (e.g. book drive, materials for volunteer appreciation) or soliciting other in-kind donations to support your service projects is appropriate. Doing administrative work, unless it benefits your approved direct service activities. Administrative work may not be the majority of your direct service hours. You may do the necessary administrative work to support your work (e.g. recruiting volunteers, facilitating a workshop) as long it does not count for the majority of your direct service hours. When Can I Start Counting My Service Hours? 1 Complete the application and pre-service reflection (part of application). 2 3 Part of the application asks about your tentative plan to complete the 300 hours... A member can begin counting service hours on their official enrollment date. A member's enrollment date is no earlier than the day the member passes in their complete enrollment package and all enrollment paperwork is signed by the member, Site Supervisor (community org.), and SIS Coordinator (Dr. Tena Golding). A criminal record check must be completed and reviewed before a member can be enrolled. Members cannot count service hours they performed before they are officially enrolled in the SIS program. 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. Campus Compact Students in Service For this year, you will only be able to select this Term of Service. Pre-Service Orientation Questions? An Example of A 300-hr "Service Package" 80%=240 hours of Direct Service 15 hours service-learning course
25 hours of practicum
100 hours of Internship
100 hours serving meals at local church (3 hours/week) 20% = 60 hours of Membership Development 2 hours attending a lecture related to internship
3 hours reading a book related to your practicum
40 hours of class time related in service-learning course
15 hours reflecting on your service & providing a "Great Story" Or... 300 hour internship