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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

Individuals serving with an AmeriCorps SC program are eligible to receive the following benefits in exchange for their service:
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.
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.
Childcare Assistance
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.
 
 

2019 - 2020 AmeriCorps SC Programs

Below is a description of each of the current AmeriCorps SC programs serving the state.

 

Growing Great Readers Program
Black River United Way's Growing Great Readers 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 mission is to provide low-income schools with AmeriCorps tutors to ensure that children advance to grade level in reading before third grade. More Details and How to Apply Here!
 
United Way of Anderson County 
United Way of Anderson County will leverage AmeriCorps Members to participate in community disaster preparedness and response throughout South Carolina. By the end of the program year, AmeriCorps Members will arrange for 1,000 individuals will be trained in Disaster Preparedness, they will train 1,000 students on disaster preparedness, and discussions will take place with local county governments to establish the foundation for effective disaster response. The program will also train Members in CERT and FEMA response. These members will be prepared to deploy in the event of a disaster in South Carolina. More Details and How to Apply Here!
 
City Year Columbia 

City Year is an American education nonprofit organization founded in 1988 dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. The organization partners with public schools in 29 high-need communities across the US and through international affiliates in the UK and Johannesburg, South Africa. City Year teams are made up of 18 to 24 year olds, who provide individual, classroom, and whole school support, intended to help students stay in school and on track to graduate high school. City Year is a member of the AmeriCorps national service network, and is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. City Year AmeriCorps members commit to 11 months of service in the Columbia, Gaston and Swansea, SC area. While serving as tutors, mentors and role models in high-need schools, you will receive leadership development and participate in many civic engagement activities. City Year responds to the challenges facing public education by providing Whole School, Whole Child (WSWC) services in high-need education institutions across the country. These services are rooted in using data to monitor student progress to better meet student needs, engage in one-on-one and small group instruction in ELA and math with embedded social-emotional supports, establish whole school activities that improve conditions for learning, and engage with families inspiring civic engagement. City Year also provides various extended-day activities: after-school programming, homework assistance, enrichment curricula and civic projects that build and serve communities. More Details and How to Apply Here!

 
United Way of the Piedmont

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. More Details and How to Apply Here!

 
Mental Health America of Greenville County
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. More Details and How to Apply Here!
 
The Promise Neighborhood AmeriCorps Project
The Promise Neighborhood AmeriCorps Project, with Lancaster County School District, proposes to have a total of 16 AmeriCorps Members (11 Full-Time and 5 Half-Time). 80% of the target students will improve one or more grade levels in Reading by the end of the semester. 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 Here!
 
Reading Partners
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 Here!
 
Teach For America
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 Here!
 
United Way of the Lowcountry
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 Here!
 
Reading Success AmeriCorps Program
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 Here!
 
Trident United Way

Trident United Way's Financial Stability program serves individuals and families in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties on their paths towards financial stability. Client services include: addressing basic needs, crisis mitigation and financial education classes. 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 free tax preparation. More Details and How to Apply Here!

 
Palmetto Conservation Corps
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 Here!
 
 
United Way of Greenville 

The ability for low-wage earners to access benefits, save money toward building assets and receive the necessary tax credits are all strategies for helping people achieve financial independence. AmeriCorps Upstate seeks to address the current economic hardships of Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, and Laurens counties in South Carolina by leveraging the unique strengths of the United Way system and community partners in order to make a difference in the lives of people.The United Way 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 an additional 1,000 volunteers to provide financial stability services to low-income residents in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson and Laurens counties.  More Details and How to Apply Here!

 
The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE)
The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) serves as the coordinating board for SC’s 33 public institutions of higher learning. It acts both as an oversight entity and as an advocate for higher education. The Commission is responsible for assuring a balance between student and taxpayer interests and institutional policies, aspirations, and needs. CHE’s College and Career Opportunity AmeriCorps Program supports the post-secondary enrollment rate by mentoring juniors and seniors in up to 9 South Carolina High Schools located in the following SC counties Aiken, Bamberg, Colleton, Jasper, Marlboro, and Williamsburg. This program creates a strong college awareness, promotes college access, and aids in ensuring that students make the right financial decisions to afford post-secondary education.  Please email CReamer@che.sc.gov if you are interested in applying to serve with this program.  More Details and How to Apply Here!
 
 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Crescent Region
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Crescent Region AmeriCorps Members provide homework assistance and other youth development programs during out of-school time in the following counties: Allendale, Barnwell, Berkeley, Charleston, Chester, Darlington, Fairfield, Kershaw, Greenwood, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, and York. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps Members will be responsible for mentoring approximately 1,000 youth from at risk circumstances. In addition, the AmeriCorps Members will leverage 150 volunteers who will be engaged in community clean up and beautification projects. 
 
 
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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