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Which AmeriCorps Programs is Best for me

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on 31 October 2013

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AmeriCorps VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.
Different AmeriCorps Programs
AmeriCorps VISTA
http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp

AmeriCorps NCCC
http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/nccc.asp

AmeriCorps State National
http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/programs/americorps_state.asp
AmeriCorps NCCC
AmeriCorps State National
over age 17
looking to put your idealism into practice
interested in earning money to pay for college or to pay off student loans
eager to gain new skills—or to apply the ones you already have
interested in helping others and making a difference in your community
Offers both Direct Service and Indirect Service
Direct vs Indirect service
Direct-service volunteers are the most visible form of service i.e., delivering food boxes, shelving books in a library, building playgrounds. Whether it's in an office or somewhere out in the woods, direct service volunteer roles are all about getting involved in hands-on, tangible ways.
Which AmeriCorps
Program is best for me ?

In-Direct service - Working behind scenes. Creating partnerships, writing grants, and creating "train the trainer" modules
The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based, local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national or state parks, Indian Tribes and schools members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.

Drawn from the successful models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military, AmeriCorps NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs.
If you are...
between 18 and 24 years old
seeking hands-on work in one of the following areas:
clearing trails
providing disaster relief
renovating housing
tutoring kids
other active assignments
interested in doing a variety of projects
looking to relocate and travel during your service term
willing to live in a dorm
excited about living and working with a close-knit team
Direct Service
… then you might consider joining AmeriCorps VISTA.
http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp
If you are...
http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/state_national.asp
… then you might consider joining AmeriCorps NCCC.


concerned about poverty in America
at least 18 years old
either a college graduate or have a few years of work experience and skills
an organizer, a resource-builder, a self-starter
patient enough to work on a project that might not show results quickly
interested in helping a low-income community establish a new program or enhance an existing program to help itself—and knowing it will continue long after you're gone
comfortable staying in one community for the entire year
Indirect Service
The largest of AmeriCorps programs, AmeriCorps State and National provides funds to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment.
If you are...
… then you might consider joining AmeriCorps State National
http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/state_national.asp
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