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:
Benefits of Service
Individuals serving with an AmeriCorps SC program are eligible to receive the following benefits in exchange for their service:
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, 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.
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.
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.
Full-time service Members may qualify for childcare assistance. The application process can be completed 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.
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.
Below is a description of each of the current AmeriCorps SC programs serving the state.
Boy Scouts of America's transformative AmeriCorps program is making waves in rural and high poverty pocket communities. Through mentorship, character development, and leadership training the power of Scouting is breaking barriers and building a cohort of groundbreaking leaders. AmeriCorps Members serve as Scout leaders in both single gender and co-ed programs held during and afterschool. Scouts look forward having faithful and reliable mentors as they navigate personal growth and development. Scouts have opportunities to enjoy nature as they've never experienced it. With camping explore the outdoors, learn about nature and build character as they journey through the Scouting curriculum. AmeriCorps Members gain an invaluable experience imparting and training the future leaders of America. Both the AmeriCorps Members and the Scouts leave with their lives changed. More Details and How to Apply
City Year is an education organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service and partners with public schools in high-poverty communities of Richland County to help kids graduate from high school and get ready for college or a career. More than 80% of Members–hired through a selective process–are recent college graduates and receive more than 300 hours of professional training. More Details and How to Apply
The Promise Neighborhood AmeriCorps Project proposes to have a total of 13 AmeriCorps Members (8 Full-Time and 5 Half-Time). At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps Members will be responsible for two overall outcomes. 80% of the target students will improve one or more grade levels in Reading by the end of the semester. The other focus will show an increase in reading for pleasure for our target students. The primary focus will be on Education. The Members will also serve in the Promise Neighborhood Zone and within the community on a variety of service opportunities. As a service Member, exposure to career building & self-growth training will be readily available. 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. These groups will meet three times throughout the day. AmeriCorps Members will gain skills as a result of their training and service that will be utilized. All Members should have a clear view and be prepared to make life’s next step after the experience.
More Details and How to Apply
Reading Partners is a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measureable results. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Reading Partners has been a part of the Charleston educational landscape since 2013, when we merged with Book Buddies. We are committed to ensuring that Charlestonians can look forward to a bright future by working closely with Charleston County School District leaders, the philanthropic community, and families. In 2018-2019, Reading Partners will deliver programming to 17 Title1 elementary schools across Charleston with 35 AmeriCorps Members serving as Literacy Leads, Site Coordinators, Regional Site Coordinators, and Volunteer Coordinators. More Details and How to Apply
Teach For America is a collective force of educators, advocates, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community members working for justice and opportunity for all. We are committed to profound systemic change, because we know equity begins with education. Students need leaders like you, because they deserve no less. There is no one perfect fit for TFA. Corps Members come from more than 720 universities, represent dozens of college majors, and have varied experiences that contribute to their success in the classroom. Corps Members’ unique backgrounds make TFA diverse and give you an unparalleled opportunity to grow as a leader. More Details and How to Apply
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. AmeriCorps Members will serve from September 2018 to June 2019. More Details and How to Apply
United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties' Reading Success AmeriCorps Program is a literacy tutoring program for students in Kindergarten through third grade who start the school year reading below grade level. AmeriCorps Members provide individualized and small group tutoring to students in Lee County at three elementary schools and in Sumter County at five elementary schools, three afterschool PERKS sites, and one afterschool program. The goal of the program is to have all students served through the program reading at grade level by the time they enter the fourth grade. More Details and How to Apply
United Way of Anderson County will leverage 10 AmeriCorps Members to participate in community disaster preparedness and response throughout Anderson, Abbeville, Cherokee, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee and Pickens Counties. By the end of the program’s first year, AmeriCorps Members will arrange for 800 homes to have a disaster plan in place, they will train 800 students on disaster preparedness, and 8 MOUs will be in place with the aforementioned counties to establish the foundation for effective disaster response. The program will also train 50 Volunteer Disaster Leaders who will be prepared to deploy in the event of a disaster. More Details and How to Apply
Trident United Way serves individuals and families in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties on their paths towards financial stability. Client services include: addressing basic needs, increasing basic skills, increasing income, increasing savings, and gaining and sustaining assets. AmeriCorps Members serve as family navigators in community agencies, schools, and prosperity centers and operate within a network of 400+ partners to provide referrals, assistance, and skill development. More Details and How to Apply
United Way of Greenville County's partners and host sites that make up this collaborative understand the vital need for partnering, sharing best practices, leveraging resources, and getting measurable results. It is with that understanding that the collaborative has come together and committed itself to the AmeriCorps program, knowing that no one agency or program can do this most challenging work on its own. Our AmeriCorps Members will leverage time and resources to provide financial stability services to low-income residents in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson and Laurens counties. Activities include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, financial literacy services, stability services and workforce development services. More Details and How to Apply
United Way of the Piedmont's AmeriCorps Program will engage AmeriCorps members to serve as Financial Stability Navigators at local organizations in the Spartanburg, Union, and Cherokee Counties 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. More Details and How to Apply
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. More Details and How to Apply
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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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