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 2016-2017 program year, Volunteer Mississippi is managing 11 AmeriCorps programs that are siting 546 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. Interest in AmeriCorps programs has skyrocketed: in 2011, 1,105 individuals submitted applications to compete for 581 positions.
During the 2015-2016 program year, AmeriCorps Mississippi members:
- Received 975 applications to fill 495 slots
- Recruited 3804 episodic and 173 ongoing volunteers who served 11,250 hours
- Tutored 6,936 students in school, 5,202 students after/ out-of-school, and 363 pre-K students
- Earned $1.1 million in education award dollars