AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.
Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 800,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
During the 2017-2018 program year, Volunteer Mississippi is managing 10 AmeriCorps programs that are siting 535 AmeriCorps members throughout our state.
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.
A Unique Opportunity
AmeriCorps programs offer individuals a unique opportunity to improve communities through service. Members create lasting change by recruiting local leaders and volunteers, and training them to enact change in their own neighborhoods.
While national service is not generally viewed as employment, AmeriCorps programs offer skills training, continuing education and other benefits. These opportunities enable members to better serve local needs while gaining work experience. Some programs offer members a small living stipend, making national service one of Mississippi’s Top 15 employers.
During the 2016-2017 program year, AmeriCorps Mississippi members:
- Received 1,109 applications to fill 546 slots for 11 programs
- Recruited 2,764 volunteers
- Tutored 65,558 students and 201 pre-K students are now prepared to move to the next level
- Served 1,014 veterans and 331 military families
- Refurbished and/or improved 51 acres of parks and public lands
- Earned $1.6 million in education award dollars
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 Network (AmeriCorps State & National), AmeriCorps*VISTA, and AmeriCorps*NCCC.
The AmeriCorps Network 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 50 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: AmeriCorps and the National Senior Service Corps. 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.