AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 men and women in intensive service each year at more than 15,000 locations including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.
AmeriCorps consists of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, whose members serve with national and local nonprofit and community groups; AmeriCorps VISTA, through which members serve full time fighting poverty; and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), a team-based residential program for young adults 18-24 who carry out projects in public safety, the environment, youth development, and disaster relief and preparedness.
Strengthening Nonprofits and the Volunteer Sector
Strengthening nonprofits: AmeriCorps members help faith-based and community groups expand services, build capacity, raise funds, develop new partnerships, and create innovative, sustainable programs.
Encouraging competition and local control: AmeriCorps pushes funding and decision-making to the state and local level. Most grantees are chosen by bipartisan state commissions appointed by the governor.
Advancing social innovation: AmeriCorps invests in entrepreneurial organizations that have been recognized for their innovative approaches to citizen problem-solving such as Teach for America, City Year, YouthBuild, JumpStart, Citizen Schools, and Experience Corps.
Expanding Educational Opportunity and Building Future Leaders
Expanding educational opportunity: In exchange for a year of full-time service, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (equal to the maximum Pell Grant) that helps pay for college or pay back student loans. AmeriCorps members have earned more than $2.4 billion in these awards since 1994.
Preparing the 21st Century Workforce: AmeriCorps is a pathway to economic opportunity that provides members with valuable skills specific to their service (construction, teaching, weatherization, etc.) as well as general skills of leadership and problem-solving that all employers are looking for.
Creating future leaders: AmeriCorps members gain new and useful skills, advance their education, and become more connected to their communities. A longitudinal study has shown that AmeriCorps alumni are more likely to be civically engaged, to go into public service careers—such as teaching, public safety, social work, and military service—and to volunteer in their communities.
Leveraging a Powerful Return on the Investment
Public private partnerships: AmeriCorps leverages substantial private investment—more than $480 million in non-CNCS funds each year from businesses, foundations, and other sources. AmeriCorps has cut costs and become more efficient by supporting more members with fewer federal dollars.
Mobilizing volunteers: AmeriCorps is a powerful catalyst and force-multiplier for community volunteering. Last year AmeriCorps members recruited, trained, and supervised more than 4 million community volunteers for the organizations they serve.
AmeriCorps at the Monroe County YMCA
The Monroe County YMCA has been fortunate to be an Americorps host site for the past 6 years and has been given 5,400 hours of service by their outstanding members! Our current AmeriCorps member is Amanda McIntyre. Amanda came to us in September of 2012 and will complete her service in August. Amanda is currently working with our ENGERGIZE program, a childhood obesity prevention program we hold in MCCSC schools. Amanda, and all of the AmeriCorps volunteers before her, have made a real and last impact at the Monroe County YMCA!
AmeriCorps Fast Facts January 2013
800,000 Number of people who have served as AmeriCorps members since 1994.
1 billion Total number of hours served by AmeriCorps members since 1994.
5.2 million Number of disadvantaged youth tutored, mentored, or served by AmeriCorps members in fiscal 2011.
4 million Number of community volunteers managed or mobilized by AmeriCorps members in fiscal 2011.
$480 million Value of cash and in-kind donations leveraged by AmeriCorps members in fiscal 2010.
15,000 Number of AmeriCorps service locations in 2012.
$2.4 billion Total amount of Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards earned by AmeriCorps members since 1994.
For more information about AmeriCorps, visit http://www.americorps.gov/.