ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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.
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 community.
Black River United Way is a grantee of the South Carolina AmeriCorps program. The Misson: Read AmeriCorps Program is a high-quality, comprehensive, research-based English literacy tutoring program that supports students, families, and the community.
The Misson: Read AmeriCorps Program'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 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT
As an AmeriCorps Member, you can expect to receive:
Personal and Professional Development
Experience in an 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
Living Allowance: Your living allowance will help cover the basic costs of living, which allows national service to be an option for everybody.
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
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.
Send an email of interest to Koe-Yonna Pushia, Director of Volunteer Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to volunteer.blackriveruw.org and create a volunteer profile.
Select and Respond to the AmeriCorps Member Need.
** Make sure to complete all required qualifications which include uploading a resume, references, and a valid driver's license.