AmeriCorps is an option for high school seniors and college students, especially those needing support in planning their next steps. Additionally, a high school diploma or GED is not required to participate in AmeriCorps, making it an excellent option for students who have dropped out of school. AmeriCorps works to meet the needs of each individual in terms of education and training, including those with low reading and math skills. For those already enrolled in a college or technical school, most award college credits for internship/co-op experience for their months of service.
Through AmeriCorps, students are assigned to nonprofits, government agencies, institutions, and community-based organizations. In exchange for their 10 months of service, students receive money for future college study/job training or to pay off existing student loans (equal to current Pell Grant), student loan deferment, living allowances, health benefits, and new job skills.
AmeriCorps offers two Federal programs for 18 to 24 year olds including the NCCC Traditional Corps (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the FEMA Corps, which is focused on response to natural disasters. Additionally, for those 18 and over with existing leadership skills (no upper age restriction) there is a Team Leader option for both NCCC and FEMA. Team Leaders manage groups of 8 to 10 young adults. All programs are open to citizens of any U.S. state or territory.