AmeriCorps, a National Service Program also called the domestic Peace Corps, engages more than 40,000 Americans in intensive, results-driven service each year.
We’re teaching children to read, making neighborhoods safer, building affordable homes, and responding to natural disasters nationwide.
This year, 535 AmeriCorps members are serving through 10 programs in Mississippi.
Others serve in AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and AmeriCorps*NCCC (the National Civilian Community Corps).
After their term of service, AmeriCorps members receive education awards to help finance college or pay back student loans.
What do AmeriCorps Members do?
AmeriCorps members train volunteers, tutor and mentor at-risk youth, build housing, clean up rivers and streams, help seniors live independently, provide emergency and long-term assistance to victims of natural disasters, and meet other community needs.
Is there more than one type of AmeriCorps program?
Yes, there are three main branches of AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps State & National, AmeriCorps*VISTA, and AmeriCorps*NCCC.
AmeriCorps Network (AmeriCorps State & National) consists of local, regional, and national organizations who are committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
AmeriCorps VISTA members have served economically challenged communities for more than 35 years. The program is dedicated to increasing the capability of people to improve the conditions of their own lives. Members of AmeriCorps VISTA serve full-time and live in the communities they serve, creating programs that can continue after they complete their service.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a ten-month, full-time residential service program for men and women ages eighteen to twenty-four. Members help meet the nation’s critical needs in the areas of education, public safety, the environment, and other human needs. AmeriCorps NCCC combines the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service, including leadership and team building.
What agencies oversee AmeriCorps?
All national service programs in the U.S.A. are overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation (or CNCS) works with governor-appointed state commissions, nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, and other organizations to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve their communities.