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AmeriCorps members must be at least 17 years of age (AmeriCorps*VISTA and AmeriCorps*NCCC require that you are at least 18 years of age).
In addition, prospective members must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens.
Each program has its own selection process. After identifying programs of interest, you should contact them to determine their selection process. You may also request a copy of the member position description outlining the minimum and desirable qualifications. The selection process typically includes an application (either on-line or paper) and an interview.
During their term of service, full-time members receive a modest living allowance. For the 2010-2011 program year, the minimum living allowance for full-time members is $11,800. Depending on the program, part-time members may also receive a living allowance.
In addition to the living allowance, all members who successfully complete a term of service receive a Segal Education Award (valued at $5,350 for full-time members). The education award may be used to assist with college or graduate school costs or to repay qualified student loans. Furthermore, members with qualifying student loans are eligible for student loan deferment during their term of service. For more information regarding the Segal Education Award, please click here.
Full-time members receive health insurance and, if eligible, child care.
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 conflict, I will seek common ground.
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.