What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps, often referred to as the “domestic Peace Corps,” is a national program that engages people of all ages and backgrounds in strengthening America’s communities through service. AmeriCorps members help meet the nation’s critical needs in the areas of public safety, education, human needs, homeland security, and the environment.
Please visit www.AmeriCorps.gov for additional information.
How Much Does It Cost?
We will offer various options for partnering agency to have an AmeriCorps member.
County Funded State Funded
|Position||# of Hours||Agency Cost||
|Full Time||1700||$5000 ($2.94/hr.)||$12,100||$5,550|
|Part Time||900||$2700 ($3.00/hr.)||$6,229||$2,775|
The Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau will also cover the cost of individual health insurance for all fulltime AmeriCorps members; half time members are not eligible for health insurance.
Where Does the Agency Match Come From?
Match funds can include local, State, and/or private funds, but may not include federal dollars, unless specific guidelines are met, which can be determined if needed. Agencies that have difficulty coming up with the match requirement due to budget restrictions are urged check with other community organizations to assist with raising funds for a match.
What Does an AmeriCorps Member Do?
Depending on the needs of the partnering agency, AmeriCorps members provide various services. However, an AmeriCorps member cannot be a substitute or replacement for a regularly paid position within the agency. The primary focus of the Southern Tier AmeriCorps Resource Team is education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness; one of these objectives must be contained within the position description; preference will be given to agencies addressing all objectives (see performance measures). Members are expected to work within the agency and perform duties according to the position description; within school districts members are expected to work with a specified caseload of at-risk youth, as determined by the site supervisor, offering mentoring, academic assistance, behavioral assistance (i.e. anger management) and community service opportunities. Members will submit timesheets and daily logs, which the site supervisor must approve, bi-weekly to the Youth Bureau. Members will also submit evaluations to track the impact that member placement is having on an agency, which will require access to student grades, attendance, etc. Please note, the evaluations submitted are coded and a child’s real name is never used.
What are the objectives of the S.T.A.R.T. program?
AmeriCorps Members will be placed in school districts and community agencies where they will be assigned a caseload of youth to provide sustained mentoring services for a minimum of six months resulting in demonstrated improvements in academic engagement.
AmeriCorps Members will develop a volunteer program that provides community members with the opportunities to participate in community service and service learning opportunities through Member coordinating at least one service opportunity per month and recruiting volunteers to participate.
AmeriCorps Members will complete Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) through Cattaraugus County Emergency Services and Cattaraugus County Health departments and provide preparedness training to the community. (This training is a requirement for all members)
What if I Know an Interested Candidate?
If you know someone that is interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member, please include their name on the Partnership Request Application, if they would like to volunteer with your agency. If they are interested in becoming a member, but your agency has already found a candidate, please ask them to contact the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau.
What Are the Benefits of Becoming an AmeriCorps Member?
AmeriCorps members receive the following benefits:
Education and Job Skills
Bi-Weekly Living Allowance
Individual Health Care (Fulltime Members)
Child Care (Full-time Members)
CPR and First-Aid Training
Forbearance of student loans while serving
Interest accrual award for loan in forbearance following the completion of hours
Length of Service
The term of service is defined as including at least 1,700 hours as a full-time member or 900 hours as a half-time member, of participation over a period of 9 to 12 months. Holidays, leave time, and other absences may not be counted toward service hours, but are included in the programmatic year.
Upon completion of hours, AmeriCorps members must exit from the program and can no longer continue to receive the living allowance. AmeriCorps members must complete their service hours in order to receive the education award.