AmeriCorps is a national organization modeled after the Peace Corps that involves opportunities for American citizens to contribute to the betterment of their community through working in schools and with non-profit organizations. The AmeriCorps Education Initiative of Utah (AEIOU) is funded through the nationwide AmeriCorps organization and the Utah State Commission on Volunteers and offers the opportunity to provide valuable service to schools and students in their community while gaining experience and skills.
AmeriCorps Student Success Coordinators (also called “AmeriCorps Members”) provide one-on-one support for at-risk students to help them improve grades, get tutoring assistance as needed, recover credits, increase attendance, get on track for high school graduation, and learn about post high school options including college, trade school and career. They work with counselors, administrators and teachers to determine which students could benefit from the program and discuss the needs of each student enrolled in the program in an ongoing manner. In addition to providing mentoring themselves, AmeriCorps members bring in community volunteers to provide everything from college and career awareness events to regular tutoring and mentoring.
Overall AmeriCorps Member Responsibility:
- Provide one-on-one support to increase the success of at-risk students. Serve a caseload of 30-60 at-risk students (caseload size is based on whether the member serves full or part time)
- Ensure that each student on their caseload receives at least 30 hours of extra one-on-one support and mentoring over the course of the school year
- Track each student’s GPA, attendance, missed credits and credit recovery in order to measure progress
Members have the chance to learn about the education system and about reading intervention through first-hand experience and develop excellent management, organization, and volunteer recruitment and supervision skills as they work hand in hand with professional educators to manage a meaningful and effective tutoring program in a school.
Over the course of their 10-month term of service, members receive a living allowance of $16,500 if they are full-time (1700 hours), $11,550 if they are reduced full-time (1200 hours), or $8250 if they are part-time (900 hours). This living allowance is paid out in equal monthly installments.
At the end of each honorably completed service year, members receive an education award that can be used for tuition, fees and books at any accredited post-secondary institution or towards payment of student loans ($5920 for 1700 hours, $4,440 for 1200 hours, or $2,960 for 900 hours). Members over the age of 55 can transfer their education award to a child or grandchild.
A Health Insurance subsidy and child care assistance is available for full-time members. All members qualify for forbearance of payments on current student loans.
Members receive support and encouragement as well as check-in’s and site visits from AEIOU staff during their term of service and ongoing access to the nationwide AmeriCorps Alumni Network that can help them with networking, employment and mentorship.
- Member should have experience working with children or youth and it is ideal if they have an interest in pursuing a career in education, social work or another related field.
- Member must be a high school graduate and a citizen of the United States.
- If serving in a Title I school, member must meet “highly qualified” requirements as determined by the state/district.
- Member must produce these documents prior to enrollment: U.S. birth certificate or passport, driver’s license, social security card, high school graduation verification.
- Member must submit to and pass an FBI background check/Sex offender check conducted prior to hire.