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What is AmeriCorps? II

Harrison Mitchell, Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism AmeriCorps VISTA

Great Promise Partnership

on 14 September 2012

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1993: AmeriCorps 1933:
Civilian Conservation Corps FDR creates CCC as part of New Deal, to get USA out of Great Depression 1961: Peace Corps John F. Kennedy creates the Peace Corps and states, “The wisdom of this idea is that someday we'll bring it home to America." 1965: VISTA Created With the inspiration from the Peace Corps, Lyndon Johnson creates VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). VISTA has continued to fight poverty in America for 40 years. Georgia Commission VISTA Project, 2011-2012 1933 Legislation under President Clinton creates the Corporation for National and Community Service, grouping all existing National Service programs under the AmeriCorps umbrella. National Service
Continues Today! Now Timeline of National Service What do AmeriCorps Members Do? AmeriCorps
State & National Largest branch of AmeriCorps
About 67,000 members serve each year
Members serve with more than 2,900 organizations
Members address needs in education, environment, health, housing, disaster response and more
Sponsors include Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, City Year, American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs and thousands of other nonprofits
Full-time and part-time opportunities Provide Health Services Respond to Disasters Conserve the Environment Fight Poverty Build Homes Mentor Youth Teach & Tutor Children Recruit and Manage Volunteers And Much More! AmeriCorps Tree of Service AmeriCorps
VISTA AmeriCorps’ poverty-fighting arm
Created in 1964 as part of War on Poverty
6,500 members serve each year
VISTAs collaborate with low-income individuals and communities to fight poverty
Focus on capacity building: raising funds, recruiting volunteers, and designing sustainable programs
More than 1,200 project sponsors
Full-time year-long service Team-based residential service
Focus on disaster response, environment, housing, and youth
Teams travel to projects in neighboring states
Open to 18-24 year-olds
1,100 members serve each year
Members live on 5 campuses: Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Vinton, IA; Perry Point, MD and Vicksburg, MS
Full-time 10-month service AmeriCorps Programs What is AmeriCorps? Benefits of National Service Modest living allowance, which varies by program and by state A $5,550 education award,
(VISTAs can choose a cash stipend of $1,500) Health benefits that cover most medical expenses Non-competitive eligibility for any federal job
for one year after a complete term of service

*VISTAs Only Student loan deferment during time of service Immeasurable professional development,
and the experience of a lifetime 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. 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! 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. National Civillian Community Corps Georgia Sea Turtle Center Education, Husbandry and Research (Sea Turtle Patrol).
Collect data on nesting female sea turtles on Jekyll Island
Monitor their nests throughout the incubation period
Members can create their own initiatives for side projects (ex. reptiles, birds, human impact of turtles, alligators) For more information on AmeriCorps and other forms of National Service, visit

www.americorps.gov Thank You! Harrison Mitchell, AmeriCorps VISTA
Georgia Commission VISTA Project
404-679-3177 office approx $1,000/ month,
depending on the position and the cost of living National Civillian Community Corps (NCCC) A true adventure! The most competitive AmeriCorps program for applicants NCCC in Their Own Words Team members are more like your family:
eat, live, work together What can you do as an AmeriCorps NCCC member? disaster response
build houses
tutor/ mentor children
maintain parks and trails
fight forest fires
learn CPR
maintain excellent physical fitness
make new friends
build your resume
gain life skills
earn money for college Do you have what it takes to make a commitment to service? Many CCC members sent the earned money back home to feed their families. KaBoom Playground build at Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus reading coaches
plan after-school enrichment programs
train and manage volunteers
encourage parental involvement
support P.T.A. efforts
establish mentoring programs
integrate an ethic of service through hands-on community projects. Hands On Atlanta Schools Program Youth Villages at Inner Harbour Rural Douglas County
Residential treatment program for troubled youth
AmeriCorps members serve as youth counselors and mentors KaBOOM! Playground built at Inner Harbour Serve with multiple agencies and individuals in the metro Atlanta and Athens areas providing personal assistance services.
Create opportunities for people with disabilities to engage in meaningful relationships by connecting them to new people, activities, and places through community building. Colleges in Georgia that have AmeriCorps Programs Clayton State University Georgia State University Georgia Tech Georgia Perimeter Part-time Positions:

300 - 900 hours per year

$2,000 - $6,400 living allowance
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