Frequently Asked Questions

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a national service organization that provides its members with a living allowance, education award and other benefits in return for service to their community.  The goal is to use AmeriCorps members to  meet a critical need in the community. 

Who can serve as an AmeriCorps Member?

AmeriCorps members must be 18 years of age or older (or 17 with parental permission), have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, be a U.S. citizen, and be able to pass a three part criminal history background check.

Why should I serve as an AmeriCorps Member?

Meaningful work
Great hours- no nights!  no weekends!
Ability to set your own hours
Family-friendly schedule
School-friendly schedule
Learn valuable work skills
Earn money for education
Develop an appreciation for citizenship
Understand social issues facing our community
Take action- "Get Things Done!"
Work with kids
Ability to have a second job
Meet new people
Make life long friendships
Become a part of a dedicated, caring community
Engage in community wide service projects
& many, many more!

What positions are available for AmeriCorps Members?

During the school year, AmeriCorps Members can serve as the following:

    •  Academic Reading Tutor

During the summer, AmeriCorps Members can serve as the following:

    • Carnegie-Stout Library Story AmeriCorps Member
    • Dubuque Community School District Summer Reading Academy AmeriCorps Member
    • Leisure Services Playground Explorations AmeriCorps Member
    • Leisure Services Teen Night AmeriCorps Member
    • Multicultural Family Center's STEP AmeriCorps Member
    • St. Mark Youth Enrichment Heroes Summer Academy AmeriCorps Member

What do AmeriCorps Members actually do?

As part of their service, AmeriCorps Members:

  • provide academic support to K-3 students during school hours as Academic Reading Tutors for the Dubuque Community School District's elementary schools.
  • create and implement teen programming for the Multicultural Family Center.
  • engage in meaningful community service alongside area residents.
  • create supportive and safe learning environments by providing recreational and academic enrichment through summer programming.

What are the benefits of joining AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps Members receive the following benefits:

  • a living allowance 
  • an education award to pay for college or student loans
  • training
  • resume building
  • networking
  • and possibly student loan deferment. 

If you are 55 years old or older on the start on your service, you can transfer your education award to your child or grandchild.  

What is a living allowance and an education award?

A living allowance is something you'll receive every two weeks.  It's very similar to a paycheck. 

An education award is something you'll receive at the end of your service.  You can use the money to pay for college tuition, books or student loans.  If you're 55 years old or older by the time your start your service, you can transfer your education award to a child or grandchild and he or she can use it for their tuition, books or students loan.  

How many hours do I work a week?

For school year members, you have the option of serving 300, 450 or 675 hours from September to May.

  • 300 hours = minimum of 10 hours/week
  • 450 hour = minimum of 15 hours/week
  • 900 hour = minimum of 20 hours/week

For summer members, you serve 300 hours from June to August.

  • 300 hour members must serve an average of 30-35 hours per week.

What would my schedule be?

For school year members, AmeriCorps members can set their own schedule!  Yes, that's right, you can set your own schedule!  The hours must fall within the school day hours and meet your 12-15 hours or 25-30 hours a week.

For summer members, AmeriCorps members must follow their assigned placement program hours. 

Can I pick my placement?

Yes!  We always try and accommodate applicant's first choice for their assigned school and summer placement.