What is AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to engage Americans in meeting critical community challenges in education, environment, public safety and disaster preparedness. AmeriCorps programs mentor and tutor at-risk youth, rebuild communities struck by natural disasters, help seniors live independently and support veterans and military families. In supporting these efforts it reaffirms the power of citizens to improve lives, solve problems, strengthen communities and build the capacity of the nonprofit sector.
What are the responsibilities of a CIS AmeriCorps Tutor?
The Communities In Schools (CIS) of Georgia AmeriCorps program supports the CIS mission to help students stay in school and graduate. The CIS AmeriCorps program targets students who are not performing at grade level so they can improve their academic skills, advance to the next grade level and graduate.
The CIS AmeriCorps members provide tutoring to students in elementary, middle and high schools at CIS affiliates statewide, including Fulton/Dekalb, Baldwin, Dodge, Hart, Stephens, Troup and Glascock counties. These are small group and one-on-one tutoring sessions designed to prepare students for academic success.
Corps members also help to strengthen their communities by recruiting volunteers and participating in service projects ranging from neighborhood clean ups, food and clothing drives and emergency planning activities. Corps members are always excited to participate in statewide initiatives such as MLK day, AmeriCorps Week and September 11 Day of Service where they use the opportunity to spread an ethic of service and civic engagement in their communities. Another program component is member development activities such as webinars and training workshops designed to strengthen leadership skills.
For the 2013-14 program year, AmeriCorps members provided over 22,000 service hours and recruited over 380 volunteers.
How do I apply to be an AC member?
To be eligible to be an AmeriCorps member at a CIS affiliate, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be 17 years of age or older with a high school diploma
- Be strong in reading and/or other academic areas
- Must commit at least 20 hours per week to the program (a total of 900 hours for the service year beginning October 1st)
- Must have reliable transportation
- Have a passion for community service and “getting things done”
- Dedicated to youth development and academic success
- Applications are accepted online at www.americorps.gov throughout the year. However selections are made at individual CIS affiliates in counties where the program is located. Visit the Affiliate Listing for a complete rundown on of CIS local affiliates in Georgia.
- The Executive Director at the CIS affiliate will be responsible for contacting you once your application is reviewed and successfully approved. Once selected you will be required to provide enrollment documents available in the checklist attached. These documents are required to be eligible for the program.
Enrollment Checklist – PDF
Application Form – PDF