Join AmeriCorps


If you are ready to develop your civic leadership and job skills while making a difference to others, you may find yourself interested in AmeriCorps. We invite you to watch the video of one member's AmeriCorps member experience. Then use the website menu APPLY TO SERVE above to learn more about each AmeriCorps program in Rhode Island and how you can join. Or, scroll down further for more information about AmeriCorps benefits, programs, and more. 

The best way to FIND YOURSELF is to lose yourself in the SERVICE OF OTHERS.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Participant Explains AmeriCorps

Finding Americorps programs

AmeriCorps provides the opportunity to serve in Rhode Island or elsewhere in the country in a multitude of programs: AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps NCCC, and AmeriCorps VISTA. 

Visit information pages for the AmeriCorps Rhode Island Network:

To find additional AmeriCorps member opportunities as a VISTA or NCCC member visit and choose "Search Listings" and search by state.

Choosing to serve in Rhode Island offers unique benefits. AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to participate in state-wide events, including a civic reflection series titled Justice Talks that brings together members for several weeks to share conversations about social justice and their service experiences.

benefits of service

As an AmeriCorps member, you will gain valuable experience that translates directly into JOB EXPERIENCE in your chosen field. You will learn teamwork, communication, responsibility, and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life. Many find their AmeriCorps year provides them with more experience and skills than they would have gotten in a traditional, paying job.

AmeriCorps members learn about pressing community needs and how government, businesses, nonprofits and individuals can all be organized to effect change. Programs dedicate time to member reflection on the service experience and how to contribute to CIVIC LIFE

Many AmeriCorps members receive a modest LIVING ALLOWANCE (approx. $14,000 / 10 months). You will not get rich from it, but most AmeriCorps members have found that it covers their basic expenses. Other benefits include: health coverage, student loan forbearance and interest repayment, child-care reimbursement, and a post-service Education Award.

Each AmeriCorps member who successfully completes a term of AmeriCorps service will receive a Segal AmeriCorps EDUCATION AWARD. The amount is now tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grant (2017 approx. $5,900 for full year of service). You can use your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay educational expenses at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. 


AmeriCorps members must be at least 17 years old at the start of their service, although some service opportunities require you to be at least 18. AmeriCorps welcomes applicants of all ages, including older adults (55+).

You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member. And, you must be able to provide a birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card or other appropriate documentation.

To serve in AmeriCorps, members must have earned or be working toward a high school diploma or GED. Programs vary on requirements for higher education.

Prior to service, AmeriCorps members in Rhode Island must complete a National Service Criminal History Check that consists of three parts. First, a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website. Second, a Rhode Island state criminal background check, or “BCI” as it is commonly called. Third, a fingerprint-based national background check.

Members should be able to serve effectively with a team of individuals from and within communities of diverse cultural, ethnic, economic, geographic, and education backgrounds. And, members must be willing to comply with AmeriCorps rules and regulations, including prohibited activities.