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AmeriCorps Members

AmeriCorps Positions, Benefits, Education Award:

Members under this program commit to a 1,200-hour contract lasting 10 to 11 months*. These 1,200 hours come from time spent at their Host Site, training provided by the Host Site and the program, as well as additional hours as needed and available. The contract offers a $1,354 monthly stipend**, a $4,546.50 education award, and benefits including student loan forbearance, student loan interest forgiveness, and access to counseling, life coaching, personal assistants, legal and financial consultation and so much more for the member and those in the member’s household via the Member Assistance Program (MAP).

How to Apply:

Gem State Public Health AmeriCorps would like to invite you to apply today! Email us at gemstate@isu.edu for updated information on positions available in your area. If the position you are applying for is known fill out a member application.

Members will….

  • Serve 1,200 hours between start and end date of the position
  • Complete up to 240 hours of training (included in the 1,200-hour commitment)
  • Participate in required service and training events
  • Turn in timesheets twice a month
  • Avoid Prohibited Activities
  • Complete Site-Specific duties

Allowable activities:

Direct service is work that addresses human need, the environment, public safety, and/or education in one form or another. It is working directly with people to make change or doing work that is involved in making that direct change. It can be outreach, case management, training, teaching, tutoring, mediating, cleaning, counseling, recruiting volunteers, catching up on paperwork related to clients, preparing for class, coaching, listening, cooking, serving, providing health care, food, clothing, etc. Direct service hours should constitute 80% or more of an AmeriCorps member’s total hours served. The remainder will be indirect service hours.

Indirect service hours, or education and training, hours are only applicable when they reflect the AmeriCorps service that the member credits to the education award he or she will receive. Any on-the-job training that refers to direct service would be part of this category. All orientations, including the AmeriCorps orientation, would be included, as well as any state or regional training, seminars, or workshops pertaining to issues related to direct service. Examples would be conflict resolution seminars, teacher development days, team-building exercises, or a class on training techniques. Only 20% of the member’s credited service hours can be dedicated to education and training, even if more hours have been spent in this area.

Prohibited activities:

The AmeriCorps logo should not be worn by members when participating in prohibited activities. While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, members accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or AmeriCorps, staff and members may not engage in the following activities, and the grantee may not use grant funds to support the following activities:

  1. Attempting to influence legislation;
  2. Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;
  3. Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing;
  4. Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;
  5. Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;
  6. Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials;
  7. Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization;
  8. Providing a direct benefit to—
    1. A business organized for profit;
    2. A labor union;
    3. A partisan political organization;
    4. A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 except that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and
    5. An organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph (g) of this section, unless AmeriCorps assistance is not used to support those religious activities;
  9. Conducting a voter registration drive or using AmeriCorps funds to conduct a voter registration drive
  10. Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and
  11. Such other activities as AmeriCorps may prohibit. Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-AmeriCorps funds. Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so.