AmeriCorps in Pennsylvania
Find information about AmeriCorps and how to participate in Pennsylvania.
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with education awards in exchange for a year or two of community service. Members tackle Pennsylvania communities' toughest challenges. In addition to training hundreds of new volunteers, members tutor and mentor high risk youth; organize neighborhood watch organizations; assist crime victims; help build affordable housing; help seniors live independently; clean up rivers and streams; and provide emergency and long term assistance to victims of natural disasters.
Who can serve?
Any United States citizen age 17 or above may become an AmeriCorps member. Members sign up for “terms of service,” which range anywhere from full-time (1700 hours served in a year) to minimum time (300 hours served in a year). Full-time members receive a modest living stipend ($12,100 to $24,200). All AmeriCorps members who satisfactorily complete their term of service receive an education award (up to $5,550) that can be used towards education costs, including paying off existing student loans and paying tuition at higher education institutions.
Allegheny County Department of Human Services - KEYS Service Corps
Working with community partners, KEYS AmeriCorps members provide youth mentoring and student academic assistance as well as community service/service learning projects, and volunteer generation. (Allegheny County)
Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 - Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps
PMSC/AmeriCorps members are placed at more than 75 non-profit agencies, in sixteen counties in southwestern/south central Pennsylvania. (Armstrong, Allegheny, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties) In addition, the PMSC will partner with non-profits in any county statewide that would place a member in an environmental position. PMSC members provide service in the areas of Education, Environment, Human Needs, and Public Safety.
Carol Overly, Program Manager
119 Park Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Butler Memorial Hospital Family Services - Family Service Corps/AmeriCorps
Family Service Corps/AmeriCorps of Butler Memorial Hospital has established partnerships with more than 30 non-profit and faith-based human service agencies in Butler and Lawrence Counties in western PA. AmeriCorps members are placed within these agencies to enhance family, child and adult support services, family wellness, and to provide health, education, and recreational opportunities and other human services. (Butler County)
Centre County Youth Service Bureau - CentreServe AmeriCorps Program
CentreServe AmeriCorps members provide youth mentoring, substance abuse prevention education, and after school educational activities to Centre County youth and families as well as life skills education and academic assistance to youth in residential placement. (Centre County)
Alison Turley, Program Coordinator
Centre County Youth Service Bureau
325 W. Aaron Drive
State College, PA 16803
City Year, Inc. - City Year Greater Philadelphia
This urban focused program recruits young adults, ages 17 to 24 years, from diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic and educational backgrounds to give a year of service. Service focuses on increasing in school student retention and increased on time high school graduation rates. Corps members serve students in grades 6-9 through tutoring, in-class support, mentoring, after school programming, and community service programs. There is also a focus on developing youth leadership and citizenship skills. (Philadelphia County)
Communities in Schools PA
Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania (CISPA) is the lead agency for the Pennsylvania Dropout Prevention Network (PaDPN), a collaborative state-wide partners committed to solutions in prevention of school dropout. The PaDPN will have 24 AmeriCorps members who will work in coordination with schools and communities at administrative and direct services levels using the CIS evidence-based model to fully implement best practices in dropout prevention in PA's most at-risk, priority school districts.
Communities in Schools of Philadelphia - Digital Service Fellows
AmeriCorps members are strengthening the educational technology infrastructure of Philadelphia schools and bridging the digital divide. Members provide service to enrich academic after-school programs, provide technology training and resources for students and families, and support teachers and school administrators. The program is in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia.
Beth St. Clair
Deputy Chief for In School Services
Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.
2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Garfield Jubilee Youthbuild
The Garfield Jubilee Association, Inc. (GJA) AmeriCorps members will build and rehabilitate homes in the City of Pittsburgh’s urban areas such as Garfield, the Hill District, and East Liberty. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for building & renovating homes to house low and moderate-income families, and improving and transforming 100 vacant lots in Garfield owned by the City of Pittsburgh. In addition the AmeriCorps members will leverage additional volunteers that will be engaged in the renovation of the two (2) affordable housing units and the improvement and transformation of 100 vacant lots owned by the City of Pittsburgh.
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council – Compass AmeriCorps
Compass AmeriCorps members will help organizations that serve immigrants, internationals, and refugees to provide more intensive, personalized, and expanded services to clients. Members will also engage in community outreach, volunteer generation, and service project coordination. (Allegheny County)
MaryRose Walko, Program Coordinator
411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 550
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-393-7600 (Receptionist)
Julie Walker, Program Coordinator
Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center, Inc. - Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps members provide tutoring and social and behavioral enrichment activities such as teambuilding, mentoring and study skills instruction in before, during and after school sessions to students hosted by community children's centers, school districts and other community agencies. In addition, members recruit and engage volunteers and service-learning participants to assist in member’s projects and assignments. (Allegheny, Beaver, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer and Venango Counties.)
Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action, (STEP) Inc. - Community Connect AmeriCorps Program
Community Connect AmeriCorps Program serves the region to provide economic opportunity for low income/disadvantaged individuals and families within Lycoming, Clinton and Tioga Counties. Partnering with various non-profit agencies and schools, members will serve in various capacities at individual sites that address youth development and leadership, education (including pre-school and K-12), health, housing, and community needs. Also, members as a team will identify and provide opportunities for youth to become engaged in their community, and promote volunteer generation for people of all ages.
Philadelphia Higher Education Network For Neighborhood Development (PHENND) Next Steps AmeriCorps
The Next Steps AmeriCorps Program AmeriCorps members will mentor and train two first-year at-risk college students at 13 selected college and universities. The targeted universities are known to traditionally accept a large number of Philadelphia public school graduates who are economically disadvantaged and at-risk of dropping out of college. The AmeriCorps members will also receive training in areas of particular importance to college persistence including financial literacy (e.g. basic budgeting, understanding financial aid, and managing debt) and self-efficacy (e.g. seeking out support). The members will then be responsible for turning around this training to their first-year mentees.
Philadelphia Youth For Change Charter School, Inc. - YouthBuild Philadelphia Technology Program
YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School has AmeriCorps members who will be economically disadvantaged National Service participants, underemployed prior to their term of service. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for 500 individuals receiving emergency food from food banks and food pantries.
Philadelphia Mayor's Initiative-PowerCorps
PowerCorpsPHL is a program directed by the City of Philadelphia and is a recipient of the CNCS newly established 'Governor and Mayor Initiative' grant. PowerCorpsPHL is an innovative AmeriCorps program that will, over a period of three years, engage 300+ at-risk young adults (ages 18-26) in six months of full time national service followed by three months of intense job placement support. While serving as AmeriCorps members, program participants support Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Philadelphia Water Department in planting trees, revitalizing public land and preserving the City's watersheds.
Teach For America - Greater Philadelphia
Teach For America – Greater Philadelphia provides a critical source of well-trained teachers who are helping break the local cycle of educational inequity. AmeriCorps members teach for two years throughout schools in the greater Philadelphia region, going above and beyond traditional expectations to help their students achieve at high levels. Teach For America – Greater Philadelphia provides pre-service and ongoing support and professional development to allow corps members to lead students to achieve more than one year of academic growth through the course of the school year. Armed with the experience, conviction, and insight that come from leading children to fulfill their potential, our alumni are working from all sectors to shape our schools, policies, and investments in low-income communities.
Union-Snyder Community Action Agency - C.O.R.E. Susquehanna
C.O.R.E. Susquehanna, centered in Snyder County partners with approximately twenty non-profit service sites in seven central Pa counties to help provide solutions for a range of human service and educational needs (Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties)
For more information on PennSERVE -funded AmeriCorps Programs,
Visit 2014-2015 Summary of Programs