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AmeriCorps in Pennsylvania

Find information about AmeriCorps and how to participate in Pennsylvania.
 

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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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)
 
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

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

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

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)
 
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

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

Phone: 814-237-5731
Fax: 814-237-2228
Email: aturley@ccysb.com
Website: www.ccysb.com

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)
 
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

College Possible Philadelphia

College Possible proposes to have 12 AmeriCorps members who will help low-income students prepare for and earn college admission, transition to college and persist to graduation. Our programming focuses on addressing students' academic, financial and informational needs, as well as supporting their social and cultural transition to college. Members will serve 240 students across five high schools in Philadelphia County and 100 college students will be served by a Philadelphia County-based member.(Philadelphia)
 
Wyneshia Foxworth, Executive Director
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 (till August)

Phone: 267-519-5363
Email: wfoxworth@CollegePossible.org
Website: www.CollegePossible.org

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. (Dauphin County & Philadelphia)
 
Ryan Riley, President & State Director
Communities in Schools PA
2101 North Front Street, Building 1-100
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-233-4330
Email: ryan@cisofpa.org
Website: http://cis-pa.org/

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. (Philadelphia)
 
Beth St. Clair, 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: estclair@cisphl.org
Website: www.cisphl.org

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)
Fax: 412-393-7627
Email: mwalko@gplc.org
Website: http://gplc.org

Julie Walker, Program Coordinator
Email: jwalker@gplc.org

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.)
 
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

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. (Lycoming, Clinton and Tioga Counties)
 
Daryl Kern, Program Manager
2138 Lincoln Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

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

Olivet Boys & Girls Club

Olivet Boys & Girls Club, located in Reading, PA, is a landmark institution well known for its commitment to uplifting and empowering its youth and community. Its programs provide opportunities for members to stretch and grow as individuals, acquiring skills to be successful in life. The proposed Community Builders AmeriCorps program is designed to help transform the lives and futures of Club youth, the AmeriCorps members and their families. Olivet's Community Builders AmeriCorps program is a unique program that unifies the community of several levels, thereby strengthening its fabric as a whole. (Berks & Montgomery Counties)
 
Ronda Mauk-Hudak, Director of Advancement
1161 Pershing Blvd.
Reading, PA 19611

Phone: 610-373-1314 ext 208
Fax: 610-373-8815
Email: Rhonda.Mauk-Hudak@olivetbgc.org
Website: www.olivetbgc.org

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.
 
Hillary A. Kane, Director
3624 Market Street, Suite 5W
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205

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

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)
 
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
Meredith Molloy, Director of Development
Email: mmolloy@youthbuildphilly.org

PowerCorpsPHL - Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service

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. (Philadelphia)
 
Catherine Wolfgang
City Hall-Room 267
Philadelphia, Pa 19107

Phone: 215-439-4655
Email: Catherine.Wolfgang@phila.gov
Website: www.servephiladelphia.com

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. (Philadelphia)
 
Stephanie Rio, Manager, Development
1714 Memphis Street, Suite C-1
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Phone: 215-592-9260 x46143
Fax: 215-592-9261
Email: stephanie.rio@teachforamerica.org
Website: www.teachforamerica.org

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)
 
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

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC)

The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) has provided access to libraries to K-4 students for over 5 years, through more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service annually to 18 schools. Through a planning grant, WePAC seeks to develop The Libraries and Literacy AmeriCorps Program that will engage members in tackling systemic education issues in public schools. Once developed, the Libraries and Literacy AmeriCorps program will expand upon existing volunteer efforts by increasing library access to 5th-8th grade students, developing the library collection, growing the Library Buddies Tutoring Program, and implement parent/family literacy initiatives in school communities. (Philadelphia)
 
David W. Brown, Executive Director
5070 Parkside Ave., Suite 1412
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Phone: 215 452-0333
Fax: 888-794-5357
Email: david@wepac.org
Website: www.wepac.org
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