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AmeriCorps service provides experience and money for college

Thursday, December 08, 2011
While many students go directly from high school to college, others choose to give back by assisting those in need through community service programs like AmeriCorps. Students who participate in this program can also receive help paying for college.

According to the AmeriCorps Web site, this federal program is designed to address critical needs in communities throughout the United States. AmeriCorps provides 75,000 volunteer opportunities annually to adults of all ages and backgrounds.

Program participants can utilize their skills and knowledge to provide an array of services. AmeriCorps volunteers can serve as mentors to disadvantaged youth, help to build affordable housing, or clean up natural areas such as parks and streams.

After completing their AmeriCorps commitments, individuals may be eligible to receive the Segal Education Award. According to the organization’s Web site,, this monetary award can be used for education costs at participating colleges, universities and training programs. Award recipients have seven years to use this benefit.

In addition to the financial benefits, AmeriCorps service has helped volunteers acquire skills that can serve them throughout their lives. According to a 2007 report, AmeriCorps: Changing Lives, Changing America, 90 percent of program alumni reported gaining leadership, teamwork, communications, time-management and decision-making skills as a result of their service.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800659652-ADNFCR - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

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