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AmeriCorps in Pennsylvania

Find information about AmeriCorps and how to participate in Pennsylvania.

What is AmeriCorps? Who can serve?
AmeriCorps State Programs

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps Pennsylvania members working on a planting project 

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 $5,730) that can be used towards education costs, including paying off existing student loans and paying tuition at higher education institutions.

AmeriCorps Pennsylvania members working on a planting project 

AmeriCorps State Programs

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AmeriCorps Digital Service Fellows

Communities In Schools Of Philadelphia

Communities in Schools of Philadelphia's Urban Technology Project will engage 24 Digital Service Fellows (DSF) AmeriCorps members to address STEM and Digital Inclusion issues in urban communities, particularly in School District of Philadelphia public schools. At the end of the second year, members will have provided STEM instruction to 150 students; provided technology support to 200 district schools; and each member will have attained at least one industry standard certification in a technology related field. (Philadelphia)

Shevar Sharpe, Urban Technology Project Program Manager
Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.
Urban Technology Project
550 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone: (215) 299-4680
Fax: (267) 330-0164
Email: ssharpe@cisphl.org
Website: www.cisphl.org

AmeriCorpsAbility

The Arc of Philadelphia

AmeriCorps Ability will have 10 AmeriCorps members who will support the provision of customized community participation support services at Healthy Futures host service sites and customized supported employment services at Economic Opportunities host service sites for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for increasing the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who report having increased social ties/perceived social support and increased employment opportunities/perceived employment options.

Sabra Townsend-Adult Advocacy Director
2350 West Westmoreland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Phone: (215) 229-4550 ext. 142
Fax: (215) 225-1330
Email: stownsend@arcphiladelphia.org
Website: www.arcphiladelphia.org

Lisa Johnson-(215) 229-4550 ext. 130; ljohnson@arcphiladelphia.org

City Year Greater Philadelphia

City Year, Inc.

City Year Greater Philadelphia will have 205 full-time AmeriCorps members who will provide academic services that support students in staying in school and on track to graduation in 16 Philadelphia public schools. At the end of the year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing in-class and school climate support to benefit 4,500 students and targeted tutoring and mentoring to 1,305 students that improves 755 drop out risk indicators in attendance, English, and/or math. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 1,900 volunteers that will be engaged in periodic physical service projects to benefit partner schools. (Philadelphia)

Darryl Bundridge, Executive Director and Vice President
211 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia PA 19107

Phone: (267) 471-6191
Fax: (215) 988-2163
Email: dbundrige@cityyear.org
Website: www.cityyear.org

Compass AmeriCorps

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council proposes to have 25 AmeriCorps members who will provide job placement and health care services to diverse populations in Allegheny County, with a focus on refugees, immigrants, and internationals. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for placing 100 economically disadvantaged individuals in jobs and enabling 250 clients to attend a medical appointment for the first time. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 50 volunteers from their pool of students and clients who will be engaged in local community service projects. (Allegheny County)

Julie Walker, Program Manager
411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 550
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 393-7622
Fax: (412) 393-7627
Email: jwalker@gplc.org
Website: http://gplc.org

CORE Susquehanna

Union-Snyder Community Action Agency

CORE Susquehanna AmeriCorps will have 26 full time, 2 half time, and 11 quarter time members who will serve through the consortium's nonprofit partner sites (community centers, organizations, schools) and conduct community service projects. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for at least 800 youth and adults receiving new or expanded services. At least 360 individuals receiving intensive services will increase knowledge and/or skills to address challenges to education, healthy/safe development and/or functioning. AmeriCorps members will also gain civic leadership skills through training, site service, and service project organization; and will engage the community in at least six service projects that address local needs. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 250 volunteers who will be engaged in the partner site service and/or community service projects. (Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties)

Dennis Huratiak, Program Director
713 Bridge Street, Suite 10
Selingsgrove, PA 17870

Phone: (570) 374-0181 ext. 125
Fax: (570) 374-6144
Email: dhuratiak@union-snydercaa.org
Website: www.coresusquehanna.org

EducationWorks

EducationWorks

EducationWorks will utilize the grant period to develop an AmeriCorps program serving in Philadelphia that will focus on Education. The planning grant will be used to create a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum called "Full STEAM Ahead" to be implemented in the out of school time program through the Mayor's Community Schools Initiative.  (Philadelphia)

Tiffaney Waters, Director, Learning & Impact
990 Spring Garden Street, Suite 601
Philadelphia, Pa 19123

Phone: (215) 221-6900
Fax: (215) 221-6902
Email: twaters@educationworks.org
Website: www.educationworks.org

Family Service Corps AmeriCorps

Butler Memorial Hospital Family Services

Family Service Corps (FSC) will have 20 half-time members and 11 minimum-time members that include 10 veterans and those with disabilities. These members, who are in need of economic opportunity, will be placed with non-profit and faith-based agencies in rural communities to help citizens in need of food, housing, mentoring, and summer children's programming. These agencies include the Center for Community Resources, Catholic Charities, Grapevine, Recovery Project, and Lawrence County Community Action Partners. At the end of the term of service, Family Service Corps will have enrolled previously unemployed members who will have served 3,500 citizens in need of food, clothing, and housing. They will have leveraged 250 volunteers for service projects and for their specific sites. (Butler County)

Matthew McConnell, FSC Coordinator-AmeriCorps
216 North Washington Street
Butler, PA 16001

Phone: (724) 284-6289
Fax: (724) 283-8080
Email: matthew.mcconnell@butlerhealthsystem.org
Website: www.butlerhealthsystem.org

Ruthane Durso-(724) 284-6289; ruthane.durso@butlerhealthsystem.org

Homewood Children's Village

Homewood Children's Village (HCV) will have 16 AmeriCorps members who will provide in-school and out-of-school academic and social support to students in the Homewood community of Pittsburgh, serving through the Full-Service Community Schools program HCV maintains at three neighborhood public schools, Lincoln PreK-5, Faison K-5, and Westinghouse 6-12. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for helping improve student outcomes. In addition, the AmeriCorps Members will leverage an additional 10-15 University of Pittsburgh volunteers who will be engaged in providing academic support at the schools and at least 10 episodic volunteers who will assist with specific activities. (Allegheny)

Cassandra Jones, Program Manager
801 N. Homewood
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Phone: (412) 727-7605 Email: cjones@hcvpgh.org
Website: www.hcvpgh.org

KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps

Allegheny County Department Of Human Services

KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps program will have 136 AmeriCorps members who will tutor, mentor, and implement service projects in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. The AmeriCorps members are responsible for improving the completion rate of targeted youth's classwork and/or homework; improving academic performance in literacy and/or math; improving identified life skills for targeted youth through mentoring; and engaging youth in service to their communities. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 650 volunteers who will be engaged in service projects to improve local communities. (Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties)

Helen Wachter, Program Coordinator
Human Service Building
1 Smithfield Street, 1st Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: (412) 350-5227
Fax: (412) 350-2729
Email: Helen.Wachter@alleghenycounty.us
Website: www.keysservicecorps.org

Keystone Smiles AmeriCorps

Keystone Smiles Community Learning Center, Inc.

Keystone SMILES (Service Making an Impact through Learning Experiences with Students) Community Learning Center will have 158 AmeriCorps members who provide expanded learning and service learning activities to students in 25 schools and 12 non-profits located in 12 rural counties throughout Northwestern PA. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for increasing the academic engagement of 4,425 students and the academic performance of 4130 students. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 4,500 volunteers who will be engaged in service-learning projects and expanded learning activities. (Allegheny, Beaver, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer and Venango Counties)

Joyce Fosdick, Executive Director
525 Main Street
P.O. Box 352
Knox, PA 16232

Phone: (814) 797-1184 or (814) 797-2127
Fax: (814) 797-5439
Email: jfosdick@smilesamericorps.org
Website: www.keystonesmiles.org

Amy Anderson-(814) 797-1184; aanderson@smilesamericorps.org

Next Steps AmeriCorps

Philadelphia Higher Education Network For Neighborhood Development (PHENND)

Next Steps AmeriCorps Program will have 70 AmeriCorps members who will mentor first-year at-risk college students at six selected college and universities. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for at least 50 first year-mentees completing at least one college course and for 42 of those same students persisting to sophomore status. This program will focus on the CNCS focus area of Education and Economic Opportunity.  (Berks, Cumberland, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties)

Daisy Villa, Program Coordinator
3624 Market Street, Suite 5W 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2615

Phone: (215) 573-2379 
Fax: (215) 573-5470 
Email: villad@phennd.org
Website: http://www.phennd.org

Hillary Kane-(215) 573-2379; hillarya@phennd.org

Olivet Community Builders AmeriCorps

Olivet Boys and Girls Club

Olivet Community Builders AmeriCorps will have 30 quarter part-time and 38 minimum time AmeriCorps members who will improve lives of 500 economically disadvantaged urban youth (K-8) in Reading and Pottstown. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for closing the achievement gap by having 75% of youth improve their literacy scores, and 75% of the AmeriCorps members themselves will be deemed as employment ready after their term of service. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 500 volunteers who will be engaged in improving academic achievement, responding to community needs, and strengthening community partnerships.  (Berks and Montgomery Counties)

Katharine Royer, AmeriCorps Director
1161 Pershing Blvd.
Reading, PA 19611

Phone: (610) 373-1314 ext 208
Fax: (610) 373-8815
Email:  Katharine.Royer@olivetbgc.org
Website: www.olivetbgc.org

Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8's Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps program will have 130 AmeriCorps members who will improve academic engagement for K-12 students in rural or economically distressed school districts through tutoring and mentoring and other educational programming; improve infrastructures that support healthy eco-systems and watersheds; provide public awareness and outreach on local environmental issues; and support non-profit organizational growth throughout the Appalachian region of South-West, South-Central Pennsylvania. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 500 volunteers, who will be engaged in activities that promote and support school and community infrastructure improvements; and provide school or community education enrichment.  (Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties)

Carol Overly, Program Manager 
119 Park Street 
Ebensburg, PA 15931

Phone: (814) 472-7690 
Fax: (814) 472-5033 
Email: pmsc@pmsc.org
Website: www.pmsc.org

Playworks

Playworks Pennsylvania

Playworks Pennsylvania AmeriCorps program will have 12 full-time AmeriCorps members who provide a school-wide evidence-based program designed to utilize play to create supportive environments where all students feel safe, supported and fully engaged in low-income schools. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for positively impacting the entire school environment and, thereby, creating a safe space for students to increase their overall academic engagement. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 66 volunteers who will be engaged in assisting with components of the Playworks AmeriCorps program, including Community Engagement projects and other events.  (Philadelphia)

David Kloss – Program Director
1518 Walnut Street, Penthouse
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: (267) 239-0507
Fax: (267) 895-2760
Email: dkloss@playworks.org
Website: www.playworks.org

Sharita Collins-(267) 979-4420; scollins@playworks.org

PowerCorpsPHL

City Of Philadelphia

PowerCorpsPHL, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's signature AmeriCorps initiative, will have 160 AmeriCorps members who will significantly impact the City of Philadelphia's environmental stewardship and youth workforce development goals. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for revitalizing 1,300 acres of public land, planting 1,300 trees and diverting 80 tons of waste, 50% of which will be recycled. The Opportunity Youth serving as AmeriCorps members will leverage their service experience to transition successfully to post-secondary education, career track employment and/or an additional term of national service. Additionally, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 1,000 community volunteers who will be engaged in projects that support PowerCorpsPHL's overall sustainability goals. (Philadelphia)

Lisa Varon, Program Director
990 Spring Garden Street, Suite 601
Philadelphia, Pa 19107

Phone: (240) 593-3210 (cell)
EducationWorks Office: (215) 221-6900
Email: lisavaron@educationworks.org
Website: http://volunteer.phila.gov

Catie Wolfgang-(215) 439-4655; Catherine.Wolfgang@phila.gov

Senior Social Connectedness AmeriCorps

Better Tomorrows

Better Tomorrows Senior Social Connectedness AmeriCorps will have 10 full-time AmeriCorps members who provide social support and facilitate social interaction for low-income senior residents of affordable housing communities at five service sites, with the goal of improving the social connectedness of seniors so they remain healthy and able to age in place. At the end of one project year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for 300 low-income seniors having received independent living services in the form of individual companionship support, and for 225 low-income seniors receiving increased social support and feeling more socially connected. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 20 volunteers who will be engaged in supporting social events for the seniors served and facilitating group interactions such as exercise classes.(Philadelphia, Hatboro, Montgomery, Warminster, Bucks, Lehighton, and Carbon Counties)

Sungbin Kim, Program Director
3 East Stow Road
Marlton, NJ 08053

Phone: (856) 452-0324
Email: sung.kim@bettertomorrows.org
Website: http://www.bettertomorrows.org

Michael Schultz-(215) 990-0979; michael.schultz@bettertomorrows.org

step AmeriCorps

Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission For Community Action (STEP, Inc.)

STEP AmeriCorps will have 36 AmeriCorps members who will support schools and local non-profit organizations in Lycoming and Clinton Counties. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for participating and completing experiential job skills and job readiness training to secure employment, while increasing capacity at their service sites. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 200 volunteers who will be engaged in national service day and local service projects. (Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga Counties)

Emily Gale, Program Manager
2138 Lincoln Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Phone: (570) 326-0587
Fax: (570) 322-2197
Email: esgale@stepcorp.org
Website: www.stepcorp.org

Teach For America Greater Philadelphia

Teach For America-Greater Philadelphia will have 115 AmeriCorps members who will teach in approximately 40 high-need schools within Greater Philadelphia. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for significantly improving educational outcomes for over 8,000 students and begin their long-term impact on expanding educational opportunity for low income students. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 70 volunteers who will support with lesson preparation and provide students with additional, individualized attention, further advancing academic outcomes. (Philadelphia)

Sarah May – Managing Director, Development and Communications
100 W. Oxford St., Suite E-3000
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: (215) 592-9260 ext. 46174
Fax: (215) 425-9265
Email: Sarah.May@teachforamerica.org
Website: www.teachforamerica.org

Up2Us Sports Coach Program

Up2Us Sports

Up2Us Sports, through its evidence-based AmeriCorps Up2Us Coach Program, proposes to have 20 AmeriCorps members, who will be identified from their local communities, serve as coach-mentors to provide sports-based youth development mentoring in North and West Philadelphia. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will ensure that 1,800 youth have been engaged in physical activity to reduce obesity and avoid negative behaviors like violence. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 240 volunteers who will be engaged in roles ranging from assistant coach to referee to event planner.

Brett Blackiston, Program Manager
3890 N. 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Phone: (215) 605-3170
Email: bblackiston@up2us.org
Website: www.up2us.org

Youthbuild Philadelphia Charter School

Philadelphia Youth For Change Charter School, Inc.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will have 49 minimum-time AmeriCorps members who will be economically disadvantaged National Service participants, unemployed prior to their term of service in and three full-time members who are unemployed prior to their term of service. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for 700 individuals receiving emergency food from food banks and food pantries. At the end of the program, 70% of AmeriCorps members who are enrolled as students will make a gain on the Test of Basic Education, 70% will earn a vocational certification and 70% will earn a high school diploma. In addition, our 52 AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 50 volunteers that will be engaged in securing healthy futures for economically disadvantaged individuals. (Philadelphia)

Ameen Akbar, Director of Student Life
1231 North Broad Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: (215) 627-8671 ext. 17
Fax: (215) 763-5774
Email: aakbar@youthbuildphilly.org
Website: www.youthbuildphilly.org

Tanza Pugliese-(267) 443-7537; tpugliese@youthbuildphilly.org