The purpose of the AmeriCorps* Community Fellows program is to address compelling community needs in the areas of college access and success, while developing college students as active citizens. AmeriCorps Community Fellows will serve as or recruit student volunteers to serve in K-12 schools, college success centers, and community-based afterschool organizations in order to enhance at-risk students’ college access, readiness, and success. Activities may include serving directly in academic enrichment and mentoring programs or recruiting and coordinating other volunteers to serve in these areas.
In exchange for committing to serve 300 hours over the course of the academic year, Community Fellows will receive a Minimum-Time AmeriCorps Education Award, of up to $1,208, pending final federal budget appropriations. In addition to the AmeriCorps Education Award, Community Fellows will receive ongoing support and training from Pennsylvania Campus Compact, to ensure the quality of the service that they are providing the community, while developing them as life-long citizens.
*AmeriCorps is a national service program focused on addressing critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment, while engaging Americans in service to their country.
Community Fellows will:
- Be full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students at Misericordia University
- Commit to completing all 300 hours of service by August 19, 2012;
- Complete all necessary AmeriCorps paperwork;
- Successfully complete a FBI Criminal Background Check, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Registry Check, Childline Child Abuse Clearance, and National Sex Offender Registry Search;
- Complete hour logs for all service-related activity in the MyServiceLog system by the deadline set by the campus administrator and/or PACC staff;
- Maintain regular communication with the campus supervisor and PACC staff, as appropriate;
- Receive a Minimum-Time AmeriCorps Education Award, of up to $1,208, pending final federal budget appropriations, upon successful completion of service;
- Participate in national days of service including Martin Luther King Day, National Volunteer Week, Youth Service Day, and Make a Difference Day.
- Serve 300 hours in one calendar year in the areas of college access and success; activities may include, but are not limited to:
- Providing academic support to K-12 at-risk students
- Mentoring K-12 at-risk students
- Serving in a college success program, focused on at-risk college students
- Volunteering in a college access program
- Providing workshops for at-risk students in: career awareness, study skills, or college admissions process
- Exposing at-risk students to the college environment via campus tours, sitting in on classes, or meeting with faculty
- Serving in a public high school guidance department
- Providing one-on-one counseling on the financial aid process and/or college application process
- Providing any of these supports to veterans seeking to attend college
- Supporting a service-learning course that focuses on any of these areas
- Coordinating and supporting volunteers who serve in any of these areas.
Term of Service
AmeriCorps Community Fellows officially begin their service on August 20, 2011 and have until August 19, 2012 to complete their 300 hours. Within 30 days of completing their hours and all relevant exit paperwork, members will be eligible to receive their AmeriCorps Education Award.
Click here for the student application to Community Fellows