AmeriCorps is a national service program established in 1994 and overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps programs promote and address critical needs in communities such as education, economic stability, public safety, health care and environmental issues.
AmeriCorps program are grant-funded and awarded to non-profits, school districts, community/public agencies and faith-based groups. AmeriCorps is commonly referred to as the domestic Peace Corps because individuals participating in a program, called AmeriCorps members, commit to a year of service in the communities where they live and work.
AmeriCorps Economic Opportunity Coaching Program is a local AmeriCorps program that provides direct service to clients of Peckham, Inc. in the areas of financial literacy and employability skills coaching.
Members serving with the program meet with clients in one-on-one and class settings; coaching individuals with disabilities to improve their economic stability through financial topics and job skill-building that will assist them in obtaining and maintaining gainful employment. Members work with clients to set and achieve goals related to economic opportunity.
Members are placed in focus areas; such as Adult Education, Youth Services, Financial Literacy, Income Tax Preparation, and World of Work or Employability Skills (PATH Program).
The program begins recruiting in July and member service terms run from October- of any given year. Members enrolled in the program commit to one calendar year of service and receive on-going training and professional development while in service.
AmeriCorps members are also eligible for forbearance on qualified student loans during their service term and also receive an educational award upon successful completion of the service agreement.
*Members providing income tax preparation services have shorter service terms and are typically enrolled with the program from November-May of a given service year.
Eligibility for AmeriCorps
To be considered for a position in the program, applicants must be US citizens or lawful residents, at least 18 years old at the time of enrollment and pursuing higher education.
The program may not consider individuals that have significant criminal history; including felony drug charges, criminal sexual conduct, or murder conviction.
Applicants with experience or pursing fields of study in Social Work, Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, TESOL, Economics, Accounting or have experience preparing income tax returns are preferred.
To apply, please check Employment Opportunities in Lansing on this site or CareerBuilder for position postings and follow the instructions for applying.