Become an AmeriCorps Member
I can see the direct impact that my work has on a daily basis and that is something I cannot say with my previous jobs. It is so rewarding to see the growth and progress the students are making. It is also so lovely to see the students cultivating a genuine love for reading.
—Loan Truong, Site Coordinator DC 2013-14
Serve A Year With Reading Partners
Ever wish you could volunteer in your community full time, but just can’t afford to do so? AmeriCorps addresses this dilemma by providing grants to organizations like Reading Partners so you can provide a year of service in exchange for a living stipend.
Reading Partners currently offers two full-time service programs:
- AmeriCorps state/national: Members commit to an 11-month, 1700 hour term of service at Reading Partners. Learn more about our AmeriCorps opportunities.
- AmeriCorps VISTA: VISTAs serve as regional or national team members and specialize in work that supports sustainable and capacity-building services. Learn more about current VISTA opportunities.
Our AmeriCorps Program
Reading Partners AmeriCorps members are mentored and coached by regional and national staff, participate in on-the-job training and scheduled professional development sessions, lead community service days, and learn valuable career skills through their 1700+ hours of service in volunteer management, program administration, literacy and reading assessment, strategic planning, and more.
The hundreds of Reading Partners AmeriCorps alumni members have used the skills acquired during their service year to go on to grad school, become teachers, work in the nonprofit and public sectors, and more.
90 percent of Reading Partners AmeriCorps members report having opportunities to learn and grow while serving at Reading Partners.
At Reading Partners, 93 percent of AmeriCorps members report having post-service career and educational plans after their term:
- 46 percent of Reading Partners AmeriCorps members enter graduate school or move into full-time positions.
- 47 percent of Reading Partners AmeriCorps members return for another year of service at Reading Partners!
Learn more about the Reading Partners AmeriCorps program.
What AmeriCorps positions are available at Reading Partners?
We have AmeriCorps positions both in school sites and throughout the communities we serve. Detailed descriptions of available positions can be found here.
What are the eligibility requirements to serve in the Reading Partners AmeriCorps program?
To be eligible for the AmeriCorps program, you must:
- Have a high school diploma or GED, or be willing to earn a GED
- Be able to dedicate a full 11 months to service
- Be at least 17 years old
- Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident alien
- Have served no more than three terms in another AmeriCorps, NCCC, or VISTA program
- Agree to a background or security check
Will I receive training prior to service?
Absolutely! The first four weeks of your service year includes a Reading Partners program orientation. All members learn about Reading Partners, our partnering communities, and the types of service you will perform. There will also be weekly coaching and bi-monthly member trainings throughout the year to enhance your service and improve your leadership skills.
AmeriCorps members providing direct service receive instruction on specific skills including literacy curriculum, community engagement, tutor training techniques, working with children, team-building, and community resource mapping.
What are the benefits of being an AmeriCorps member at Reading Partners?
Joining Reading Partners as an AmeriCorps member gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people and communities across the country. Your service helps ensure that all children–regardless of their background or ZIP code–have the literacy skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Specific benefits include:
- Modest living stipend (paid out semi-monthly, with amounts varying by region)
- Health insurance: basic health, dental, and vision care is provided during active service
- Child care benefits (upon approval)
- $5,730 Segal Education Award
- Student loan forbearance (upon approval)
- Reading Partners AmeriCorps gear
- Leadership training and professional development
How does joining AmeriCorps impact my student loans?
During your term of service, your qualified federal student loans may be placed in forbearance. If you qualify, this means you won’t need to make monthly payments while you serve! While loans are in forbearance, they continue to accrue interest; however, once you complete 1700 hours of service, AmeriCorps will pay for interest accrued on qualified federal loans that were in forbearance during your term. AmeriCorps members may also qualify for the College Cost Reduction & Access Act, a federal loan forgiveness program.
What is the Segal Education Award and how do I use it?
Once you complete 1700 hours of service, you will receive an Education Award (Ed Award) of $5,730 to be applied towards repaying loans, studying abroad, or future educational endeavors.
How do I apply?
Applications are currently being accepted, with application deadlines listed on our AmeriCorps opportunities page. The earlier you apply, the greater your chances are for acceptance to your preferred locations. Each year, one out of every ten applicants is accepted.
Applicants will be contacted within 1-2 weeks after the initial application submission. The length of the selection process will vary according to the date of application submissions. Deadlines are listed on the application homepage.
The 2015-2016 AmeriCorps cohort will begin service in August 2015 and continue to June 2016.
Can I apply to more than one location at a time?
You may only submit your resume and cover letter to one specific region and position. However, if you are interested in one or more regions, you can indicate the top three in your cover letter. You will be considered for all available openings with one application.