AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be enrolled in a college or university to become a Lewis-Clark Service Corps AmeriCorps member? No you do not have to be enrolled in an educational institution to become a member. I am 50 years of age. Is it possible for me to become a member?There is no upper age limit. Several members have been over retirement age.

Is my education award taxed?
Yes it is taxed as you use it.

Would I need to use my education award immediately after receiving it?
You have up to seven years to use your education award. You don't have to use it all at once. You access your award through the AmeriCorps portal at my.americorps.gov and it is available upon satisfactory completion of service.

I won't be using my education award, can I get cash or give my award to someone?
Sorry, no you cannot get cash instead of your education award. There are currently ways to give your award to direct family if you are 55+.

What happens if I don't complete my year of service?
The living allowance and other benefits will end when you terminate your service. If you leave for certain compelling reasons (reasons that must meet national service program requirements and Program Director approval), you may be eligible for a pro-rated education award. If you simply quit the program or do not complete your hours, you will not receive any part of the education award.

It is also important you realize that if you quit during the program year, host sites cannot re-hire someone to fill a vacated AmeriCorps position. If you leave before the end of your term, it might mean that the students you were tutoring or mentoring will have to go without the additional help.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED ACTIVITIES OF A LEWIS-CLARK SERVICE CORPS MEMBER?
There are four main components of required activities that an AmeriCorps member must do to successfully complete his/her year of service including Lewis-Clark Service Corps requirements.

1. DIRECT SERVICE: Tutoring and/or mentoring at a host site

2. TRAINING: Attendance and participation in all program required trainings and team meetings.

3. COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS: Design, attendance and participate in community service projects in conjunction with three nationally recognized days of service: Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and National AmeriCorps Week.

WHAT KIND OF QUALIFICATIONS DO I HAVE TO HAVE?
AmeriCorps members must be US citizens or legal permanent residents, be 17 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, and pass a background check. Specific skills (such as bilingual ability or a tutoring/mentoring background) are useful but generally not required. LC Service Corps provides training in necessary skill areas.
Some sites have site specific requirements in addition to AmeriCorps program requirements.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE A DIPLOMA OR GED?
Yes you have to have one or the other when you apply to become an AmeriCorps member in a tutoring / mentoring program.

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