What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps (Pronounced: AMERI-CORE) is the national service program that provides Americans opportunities to improve their communities. United Way of Utah County operates the Volunteer Empowerment Project (VISTA) and Utah County Community Program (AmeriCorps) has many great positions for those looking to serve the community or needing an internship for school. There are positions available for AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps State members, and both programs award educational stipends.
What do AmeriCorps Members Do?
AmeriCorps members take responsibility for their community and implement a positive change. This program has positions for anyone over the age of 17. AmeriCorps members do a variety of things, but to name a few:
- build the capacity of nonprofit groups to become self sustaining
- recruit, train, and supervise community volunteers
- help families and individuals become financially stable
- tutor and mentor youth
- provide parenting skills and resources
- teach trade skills
- run after-school programs
What benefits do AmeriCorps Members Receive?
At the end of service, AmeriCorps State members receive an educational award of $1,132 for school tuition or to pay off school loans. AmeriCorps VISTAs receive a modest monthly living allowance as well as health benefits; and at the end of service, VISTAs receive an educational award or cash stipend.
Why become an AmeriCorps member?
The AmeriCorps program has opened my eyes even more to
the pressing issue of poverty and the need for charity in every member of our community.
This position has helped me to greater develop my leadership abilities. I have been provided a great opportunity to help others understand poverty and its effects; and to feel as though
I am making a difference in people's lives.
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