About AmeriCorps SC and Available Positions

About AmeriCorps 

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) administers AmeriCorps at the federal level and works in partnership with states to develop service programs and create a community-based national service network. The United Way Association of South Carolina (UWASC) is the administrative agent for South Carolina’s AmeriCorps programs.
 
Oftentimes described as the domestic Peace Corps, AmeriCorps programs help communities address locally-defined challenges by mobilizing America’s greatest asset, its citizens. There are full- and part-time AmeriCorps positions available across South Carolina that engage dedicated leaders from age 17 to 117+ who will commit to utilizing their skill, experience, and passion to address needs in the following focus areas:
 
 
 

                                                                       

Disaster Services      Economic Opportunities            Education       Environmental Stewardship      Healthy Futures    Veterans Services

 

 

Benefits of Service 

The benefits that individuals serving with an AmeriCorps SC program are eligible to receive are listed below.

Living Allowance

Your living allowance will help cover the basic costs of living, which allows national service to be an option for everybody. Furthermore, living within tight economic bounds encourages AmeriCorps Members to relate more closely with the resource-limited communities they serve. (The amount of living allowance varies by program and term type. Please refer to the application process for each AmeriCorps SC program listed below for more details.)

Health Insurance

Health insurance, which meets Affordable Care Act standards, is provided to those serving full-time as AmeriCorps Members. Coverage varies by program, but general questions are addressed on this website.

Education Award

Following your successful completion of your AmeriCorps term of service, you will become eligible to earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. This can be applied to existing student loans or to future education endeavors. Each AmeriCorps Member can earn up to the equivalent of two full-time education awards, totaling over $11,000. Over 180 institutions of higher education will match your AmeriCorps Education Award.

 
Professional Development / Job Training

Many AmeriCorps Members utilize the valuable job training, professional development, and networking opportunities they participating in while serving in an AmeriCorps SC program to advance their career after their term of service.

 
Childcare Assistance

Full-time service Members may qualify for childcare assistance. The application process can be completed here.

Loan Forbearance

Your federal student loans qualify for loan forbearance (i.e. payment postponement) during your term of service. Furthermore, the federal government will pay for the interest that your loans accrue while in forbearance during your year of service. You can learn more about applying for loan forbearance here.

 
Meet Like-Minded Peers

You will get to serve alongside other service-minded peers who seek to strengthen our South Carolina communities. Further, you will join a network of over 1,000,000 AmeriCorps Alum, who can link you to resources and job opportunities following your AmeriCorps service. Register here to start receiving AmeriCorps Alum benefits today.

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2020-2021 AmeriCorps SC Programs 

Click on each tab below to view our entire portfolio! Each program has a link to apply following the description. 

Describe Education ....

Black River United Way's Growing Great Readers (GGR) program offers a high-quality, comprehensive, research-based, English literacy-tutoring program that supports students, families, and the communities of Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties. GGR’s purpose is to provide struggling readers at local elementary schools with highly trained AmeriCorps tutors and volunteers to ensure that children advance to reading grade level before third grade and close reading gaps. The Growing Great Readers program continues to have success in helping students improve in reading literacy by offering small group supplemental instruction, one-on-one tutoring and skills focused tutoring with our members and volunteers in-person and virtually. Many of our AmeriCorps Members not only learn new skills but are able to serve students in a way that benefits the entire community.

 As an AmeriCorps Member, you can expect to receive:

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Experience in elementary school environment or with an educational nonprofit
  • Opportunity to be a part of a national service movement
  • Gain Access to more Job Opportunities
  • See true IMPACT in your community

Details and How to Appy Here!

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year AmeriCorps members commit to a year of full-time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors and role models. When you join City Year, you work alongside a diverse team to create learning environments where all students can succeed. 
More Details and Apply Here!

The Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) is a direct service program of United Way of the Midlands. MRC addresses low reading proficiency by supplementing and enhancing shared reading experiences to ignite a love of reading and improve reading engagement for elementary school students. MRC improves reading engagement through a variety of strategies such as one-to-one reading sessions, guest reading opportunities, incentives to support summer reading camps, book donations, the ‘Be a Book Bunny’ program, company read-for-a-day events, reading nooks, and family engagement events. AmeriCorps Members will enroll prekindergarten to second grade students in one-to-one reading engagement sessions with district approved volunteers, engage parents about the importance of reading at home, increase home libraries through book distribution, and promote literacy through general outreach and community engagement in Richland and Lexington Counties.

We are looking for applicants of all ages (17+) from various backgrounds who are comfortable working with young children and desire to make an impact in the community. AmeriCorps Members will receive specialized trainings on early childhood literacy, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), mandated reporting, racial equity and inclusion, and nonprofit leadership. Details and How to Apply!

The Promise Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program is designed to empower, educate, & develop its member in the heart of service. The desire to be positive change in a constantly evolving world has to be your goal for serving. The program is designed to give individuals the opportunity to serve in local & state level project endeavors. Members will do direct service at three of our local schools. Members will utilize the Read Right skill set to increase literacy with the students served. The AmeriCorps Members will receive training in the Read Right Program to be able to successfully provide reading instruction to the target population of students. Read Right tutoring will be conducted in small groups at each of the sites. AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to grow and learn in different environments. The Promise Neighborhood Initiative will provide numerous opportunities to serve within the community. These resources will help foster career & personal growth for members & ideally produce a positive lifelong impact on the members serving. After serving a year with LPN AmeriCorps you will leave empowered to share service on the next level of positive change. Details and Apply Here!

 

Teach For America recruits, trains, and supports talented and ambitious recent college grads and professionals to teach in high-need communities and bolster the national effort for educational equity. TFA corps members become leaders within the education field and across sectors, united in their advocacy for students and families in high-need communities.  Details and Apply Here!

Early grade reading is the key to academic achievement, and United Way of the Lowcountry is working to support the education of all children in our communities. The United Way of the Lowcountry “Read Indeed!” Early Grade Reading program is recruiting individuals who are committed to serving their community by becoming a Member of the AmeriCorps program. Our AmeriCorps Members serve as reading tutors in local elementary schools, providing small group and one-on-one literacy tutoring to students in pre-K and kindergarten through third grade in Beaufort and Jasper counties. AmeriCorps Members are a core group of tutors who serve the entire school year. Because they are in the schools several days each week, they provide continuity and stability to the program. As an AmeriCorps Member, you can make a big impact by helping students become better readers. Details and How to Apply Here!

Reading Success AmeriCorps members are dynamic, energetic individuals who are committed to serving our Tri-County community with a focus on literacy interventions for grades K-3 in the local elementary schools and after school programs. Members provide meaningful and structured literacy activities through one-on-one and/or small group tutoring sessions. The positive impacts of the program have been evident not only through increased reading levels but have also been apparent in improved behavior and attendance with the students who have received tutoring services. Members have opportunities to participate in on-going professional development in the areas of literacy, childhood behaviors, and family engagement which will enhance their understanding of the population served. The professional development is provided by education specialists associated with the area schools.

We are looking for dedicated individuals who can serve as positive role models while serving the children in our communities. If you are 18 years or older with a High School Diploma or GED and are able to provide 10 to 20 hours per week (during the school year) to serving in your community, then this program could be for you. Apply Here or contact the program director at pbuddin@uwaysumter.org.

 

Gain valuable experience and give back to your community through service with South Carolina First Steps.  Our AmeriCorps Members engage directly with families and communities to help ensure that all children start school ready to reach their highest potential.  AmeriCorps opportunities are available throughout the state with local First Steps partnerships and at the South Carolina First Steps Office in Columbia, SC. Activities range from providing one-on-one support for parents, to hosting virtual events about school readiness and community services.  

Details and How to Apply Here!

The Cleveland Academy of Leadership is an elementary school located on the Northside of Spartanburg in Spartanburg County School District 7.  AmeriCorps Members will serve in person in a classroom in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade to support the certified classroom teacher.  Members will assist with a variety of activities including but not limited to providing small group instruction, supporting social/emotional needs of students, enriching family/school relationships, and monitoring student progress and attendance.  Members will serve during regular school hours and will be asked to participate in extra activities throughout the school year such as parent conferences and on-site meetings.  Members will also be assisting classroom teachers with remote learning as well as e-learning activities throughout the year.  

Details and How to Apply Here!

Help each student determine which college or program best fits their needs and work with them through all phases of preparation: increasing standardized test scores, completing program applications, gaining access to funding to pay for post-secondary education, and developing skills that will ensure continued success. CCOC will serve at least 900 hours over the 2020-21 academic year. 

Details and How to Apply!

 

Describe Education ....

Through United Way of the Piedmont's AmeriCorps Program, AmeriCorps members serve as Financial Stability Navigators at local organizations in the Piedmont region of South Carolina to address critical community needs related to economic opportunity. Members directly serve low-income households by providing care coordination and financial literacy services, preparing and filing income tax returns for free, and assisting households to apply for state and federal benefits. 

Details and Apply Here!

Trident United Way’s Financial Stability Program serves individuals and families in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties by supporting their journey towards financial stability. We understand that living at or below poverty level fosters an unstable and sometimes chaotic daily life for individuals and families. That is why our program is committed to addressing the current economic hardships and provide financial education by leveraging the unique strengths of the Trident United Way system and its community partners to make a difference in the lives of people.  AmeriCorps Members in our program, serve as Family Navigators within community agencies providing services that help clients address their basic needs, increase their basic skills, and increase their income. 

Details and How to Apply Here!

AmeriCorps Upstate is building a dynamic team of service-minded, results-driven candidates who will provide direct financial stability services to low-income individuals and families throughout the Upstate of SC, leading them into economic mobility. To increase access to economic mobility, our team is trained to provide three main services to individuals in need. Resource navigation includes basic case management, benefits application assistance, and case management. We offer basic financial literacy education both in classroom and individual settings. Finally, team members are trained through IRS curriculum to provide free income tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Selected candidates will be matched with host organizations across 4 Upstate counties: Greenville, Anderson, Laurens, and Pickens for a year of full-time service. Team members have the opportunity to learn from experts in the nonprofit field, gain practical experience in community and economic development, community outreach, and more. This is a great opportunity for recent graduates, veterans, retirees, or anyone who is interested in starting a career in the nonprofit field. If you have the desire to serve others and have skills or experience related to social services, human services, case management, or community organization, you would be a great fit for our program.  

Details and How to Apply Here!

Describe Education ....

Mental Health America of Greenville County (MHAGC) is a nonprofit organization that positively impacts mental health through advocacy, awareness, and service in Upstate SC. MHAGC provides consumer support services for individuals living with chronic mental illness and operates a 24/7 CRISISline and TEENline phone/online chat/texting service to provide nonjudgmental listening and information on community resources. MHAGC’s AmeriCorps Program exists to more directly support consumers of its services and to decrease the number of CRISISline and TEENline’s missed requests for service. AmeriCorps Members serve in a variety of roles, including directly working with support service consumers, volunteer recruitment and coordination, and serving as a CRISISline/TEENline phone worker in both part time and full time service positions. 

Details and How to Apply!

Explain Disaster

This year the United Way of Anderson County celebrates 75 years of service Anderson County. Our organization has been a proud host of an AmeriCorps program for over a decade. Our outstanding AmeriCorps Members participate in community disaster preparedness and response throughout South Carolina. By the end of the program year, AmeriCorps Members will arrange for individuals in the community to be trained in Disaster Preparedness, they will train students on disaster preparedness, and discussions will take place with local county governments to establish the foundation for effective disaster response. Our members also get the opportunity to respond to a disaster in the event assistance is needed. The program provides training to Members in CERT, RedCross, Active Assailant, and FEMA response. Our members are prepared to deploy (across the state or online) in the event of a disaster in South Carolina. 

Details and How to Apply!

Explain Disaster

The Palmetto Conservation Corps is dedicated to developing future conservation leaders through education and service. The Corps works to improve public lands and communities through conservation projects, community partnerships and outreach, service-learning, and environmental education. Corps experiences include hands on trail building and maintenance, Wilderness First Aid, CPR & AED training, camping, invasive species mitigation, and so much more! 

Details and How to Apply Here!

 
Not sure what program is right for you? Enter your contact information here, and a member of our team will contact you to discuss what options may be best for you.
 
AmeriCorps SC Programs are inclusive to all types of people and encourage individuals with disabilities to apply to serve. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions related to an AmeriCorps service opportunity.

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