If you are ready to develop your leadership and practical skills while making a difference to others, you may find yourself in AmeriCorps. We invite you to watch the videos for an explanation of What AmeriCorps Is. Then use the website menu APPLY TO SERVE above to learn more about each AmeriCorps program in Rhode Island and how you can join. Finally, scroll down further for more information about your opportunities through AmeriCorps.
Finding Americorps programs
AmeriCorps provides the opportunity to serve in Rhode Island or elsewhere in the country in a multitude of programs: the AmeriCorps Network, AmeriCorps NCCC, and AmeriCorps VISTA.
Visit information pages for the AmeriCorps Rhode Island Network:
- Accessing Home
- Brown University College Advising Corps
- Building a Beloved Healthy Community
- City Year Providence
- Generations of Learning
- Learning Community Education Fellows
- Providence After School Alliance
- Providence Children's Museum
- Teach For America - Rhode Island
- Teaching Artists Turn Around Program
To find AmeriCorps VISTA and additional opportunities in Rhode Island visit my.americorps.gov 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 members are eligible for 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). 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 or other appropriate documentation.
To serve in AmeriCorps, members was have earned or be working toward a high school diploma or GED.
Prior to service, AmeriCorps members in Rhode Island must complete a National Service Criminal History Check that consists of three parts. Frist, 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.