What do you want to know about AmeriCorps service in Minnesota?

From what is AmeriCorps to how much do positions pay, we have answers to your most pressing questions. Read our FAQ, if you have more questions, contact us directly.

AmeriCorps is the United States’ system for people to serve communities across the country — from classrooms to the outdoors to everything in between. 在美国志愿队, you can learn 和 apply new skills as you give back to your community, 状态 和 country through public service. Since its creation in 1994, more than a million people have served in AmeriCorps.

What do AmeriCorps members do?

People who join AmeriCorps (called “members”) provide direct service in the areas of education, 灾难服务, 经济机会, environmental stewardship, 健康的未来, veterans 和 military families. Here in Minnesota, there are hundreds of opportunities to get involved.

As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

  • Help children become confident readers 
  • Prepare students for high school math
  • Help serve people in recovery from substance use disorder
  • Tutor 和 mentor disadvantaged youth
  • Build 和 restore affordable housing
  • Teach computer 和 employment skills
  • Clean parks 和 streams
  • 还有更多!
Where do AmeriCorps members serve?

Members can serve with nonprofit organizations, 状态 和 local units of government, public 和 charter schools, institutions of higher education, Indigenous tribes 和更多的. AmeriCorps members are serving across the 状态 in 82 of Minnesota’s 87 counties.

点击这里 for a list of all of our AmeriCorps programs.

ServeMinnesota is the Minnesota State Commission for National 和 Community Service, meaning we oversee all of the 状态 programs with AmeriCorps members. We are responsible for awarding Federal AmeriCorps 和 State funds to support high quality AmeriCorps programs that have proven, measurable impact on critical community needs across Minnesota. 除了, ServeMinnesota provides monitoring, training 和 technical assistance to AmeriCorps programs in Minnesota.

What qualifications do you need to have to be an AmeriCorps member?

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

你一定是美国人.S. citizen, national or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.

• You must be at least 17 years old, although some service opportunities require an individual to be at least 18. For most programs, there are no upper age limits.

• Some programs require experience, a certain level of educational achievement or skills in certain areas.

All of our programs offer training to help you feel confident 和 prepared to serve. 

How much do AmeriCorps members earn?

Members serving in full‐time positions receive a 最低 living allowance of at least $16,000 during their year of service.  

This living allowance is to be evenly distributed over the member’s service term 和 is not tied directly to the hours served (i.e. 不是计时工资). Members also serve in part‐time 和 summer positions 和 receive a pro-rated living allowance. Members serving in a full‐time capacity are eligible for health insurance 和 may be eligible for child care reimbursements depending on family size 和 income.

After completing their terms of service, full‐time members receive an 澳门皇冠国际官方APP客户端奖项 of up to $6,345 (based on 2021 rates) to pay for higher education or qualified student loans. Part-time members receive a pro‐rated award. Federal Student loans are eligible for forbearance during service 和 the accrued interest will be repaid in addition to the Education Award.

How much is the 澳门皇冠国际官方APP客户端奖项?

The 澳门皇冠国际官方APP客户端奖项 for full-time service in 2021-22 program year is $6,345. The 澳门皇冠国际官方APP客户端奖项 for part-time positions is prorated. AmeriCorps members can earn up to the value of two full-time awards through multiple terms of service. 了解更多.

How do I apply for AmeriCorps?

Each AmeriCorps program in Minnesota has a different application, deadline 和 hiring process. The first step is filling out this 触点形式, telling us a little bit about yourself 和 your interests. We will get back to you directly about how to start on your application. 

How can the 澳门皇冠国际官方APP客户端奖项 be used? What if I'm not in college?

You can use the 澳门皇冠国际官方APP客户端奖项 to pay for tuition for associate, undergraduate or graduate studies at a qualified school. There are many other ways it can be used, 太, though:

  • Books, college fees 和 other educational necessities
  • Online courses at approved college 和 university programs
  • Purchase a laptop that you will use in school (note that the computer would have to be purchased through the college — for example, from a 技术 lease-to-own program)
  • Pay off existing student loans (just make sure these are qualified federal loans rather than private bank loans)
  • A combination of current educational expenses 和 repay qualified student loans
  • Study-abroad program expenses
  • Coursework in a specialized skill – coding, EMT培训, sign language certification, videography 和 photography, certain teaching certifications 和 many other programs, often offered at community colleges
  • Fees associated with an apprenticeship program

If you are 55 or older 和 not planning to continue your education, you can transfer the 澳门皇冠国际官方APP客户端奖项 to your child, 继子, foster child or gr和child for any 和 all of these educational expenses, 太. If you transfer the award, that person has 10 years from date you completed your service to use it. (也, you can only transfer once to one person, but you don’t have to transfer the whole thing — so in theory, you might be able to take a class with your child or gr和child for free!)

另外, some colleges 和 universities even will match your AmeriCorps Education Award. In Minnesota, this includes the University of Minnesota – Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 奥格斯堡大学 Concordia University-St. 保罗, Macalester College, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St大学. 托马斯。. No industry-wide st和ard exists for matching awards; some schools match the amount of the 澳门皇冠国际官方APP客户端奖项, some schools offer scholarships in set amounts that remain constant regardless of the amount of 澳门皇冠国际官方APP客户端奖项 earned. Some institutions offer the scholarships on a continuing basis, while others offer one-time-only awards. Check with your college or university to learn their policy 和 how they apply the matching funds.

Can I defer college loan payments while serving in AmeriCorps?

Members who have federal student loans may qualify for forbearance, 或推迟, during their term of service. After you complete your term of service, the National Service Trust will pay part or all of the interest that accrues during forbearance. This is in addition to your 澳门皇冠国际官方APP客户端奖项.

Does AmeriCorps pay for health insurance?

是的. Members who serve 35 hours a week or more receive individual health care benefits with 100 percent of the monthly premium covered. 

Does AmeriCorps offer housing assistance?

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has limited low-cost housing for members. Other programs can connect you to shared housing resources. 

How can I take a gap year in AmeriCorps after high school?

Many high school graduates take a gap year to serve in AmeriCorps between high school graduation 和 college (or whatever is next). Do you want to learn more? Watch our video about Why You Should Do  a Gap Year in AmeriCorps 或者读到 high school graduate who 太k an AmeriCorps gap year 毕业后. 

Can I serve in AmeriCorps part-time? 或者只在夏天?

是的. Some AmeriCorps programs offer summer-only positions. Many programs offer part-time 和 full-time opportunities.

How can serving in AmeriCorps help build my skills?

Similar to an internship, we offer service opportunities that will build your professional skills 和 knowledge in a wide array of areas. Some of the top areas of expertise to build through service are in education, 公共政策, 卫生政策, 社会正义, 人力资源,  技术, 环境, 和更多的. No matter which program you choose, AmeriCorps will help you develop the soft skills that employers are looking for – e.g., teamwork, leadership, verbal 和 written communication, problem solving, adaptability.

Which organizations can apply for AmeriCorps program grants?

多态, 状态, local 和 tribal grantees recruit, train 和 manage AmeriCorps members in direct service 和 capacity building activities to address unmet community needs in six focus areas:  education, 健康的未来, clean energy/environment, veterans 和 military families, 灾难服务, 经济机会. AmeriCorps members help organizations exp和 services, 建设能力, 发展合作关系, 利用资源, create sustainable programs, recruit 和 manage other volunteers. 每年, AmeriCorps members serve with thous和s of nonprofit, 以信仰为基础的, community organizations, helping them exp和 their reach 和 better meet their mission.  These powerful service experiences also help AmeriCorps members develop lifelong civic engagement.

Are you part of an organization that would like to apply for an AmeriCorps grant? Please visit our “Grants” section to learn about the requirements, application process 和 deadlines.

What’s it like to be an AmeriCorps member?