AmeriCorps

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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
282 Reviews
3.6
282 Reviews
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AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Non-profit based projects in numerous different states (in 23 reviews)

  • toward student loans, and meet others with similar interests (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • living within the budget set by the living stipend (in 17 reviews)

  • I was a member of AmeriCorps state through a very disorganized non-profit (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Would do it again.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Literacy Tutor in Mount Vernon, WA
    Current Employee - Literacy Tutor in Mount Vernon, WA

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Saw the impact I made, loved the students I worked with.

    Cons

    Stipend pay is not enough to live on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great program

    Recommends
  2.  

    Americorps VISTA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Youth Outreach Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Youth Outreach Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great mission! Would love to work there again!

    Cons

    There truly are none! It was a blast!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    VISTA with regrets

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in New York, NY

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Partnered with great non-proft organizations

    Cons

    No CNCS, state office, or alumni support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    check in on your sites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    AmeriCorps: Project 4-H CAPITAL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AmeriCorps part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent training. Wonderful values. Education Award. $600 stipend per month for 1/2 time. $1200 per full time.

    Cons

    Low compensation for the quality of education we provide for children (thought I do understand why).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    one of the biggest mistakes of my life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member With Tutoring Program in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member With Tutoring Program in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Doing work that helps others, but at the expense of your own security.

    Cons

    Felt completely misled by my supervisors regarding the job, the benefits, insurance and most of all the education award.

    It has been a year and a half since I completed my service with Americorps, after applying my entire education award (which is taxed), I still owe $3500 more than I ever took out to go to school. The interest I accrued in the year I served was not fully reimbursed and the money I used to pay my loans for the next year didn't make up for how much interest I continued to accrue.

    I would have been much better off doing any other kind of job that would have allowed me to make enough money to continue making loan payments and gradually lowering my capitalized interest. Additionally, the organization I worked with, Reading Parnters, completely abused the Americorps program. We were extremely overworked and not paid enough for any of us to survive in the city we lived in. Everyone on my team was dissatisfied with our experience and felt completely used.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to pay people such a low salary, improve their benefits at the very least. Allow them sick days and maybe even the occasional vacation day. This job is extremely stressful, but with no payoff other than knowing you are helping others. That is great, but not when it makes you miserable each day you are doing it because you are so stressed out about how you are going to survive.

    Work out the education award so that it is not just a line you give to people to convince them to do Americorps. Make it actually as beneficial as you promise and find a way not to tax people for student loan money when they will have no realistic chance of having set money aside to pay this during their period of service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Americorps...I worked with California Dept. of Veterans Affairs with county veterans services.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Martinez, CA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Martinez, CA

    I have been working at AmeriCorps part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Decent coworkers- they will train you if you ask (this will depend on where you work though). I will meet with veteran service reps to enhance my knowledge. Most were willing to train me on their spare time.
    -Make your own hours (this depends on the organization and your boss though).
    -Able to build a good network, I got a referral from my boss and several coworkers for other positions.
    -This particular organization didn't care if I had another job.
    -Being able to help veterans and their families.
    -Some travel reimbursements and health care. There is some cost of living allowance at 500-600/month (part time) and a education grant. How much you get depend on your status of full time/part time. Also for the education grant, you must complete the required hours within you term.

    Cons

    -The pay and benefits is not worth it. If you are a service member or dependent looking to help Veterans, go through the GI Bill work study program. It pays better and you get a good feel for how benefits work. Once you have this knowledge, you can help people better. Since I worked through the VA work study program until my GI Bill expired I was able to land this position since I was in between jobs and was on military reserve status.
    -Americorps Vista in general 'don't' allow you to hold another job in order to experience poverty for yourself. Personally, that's a dumb idea. The organization I worked with didn't care though.
    -I wanted to know how to be a veterans service rep and wanted information about the tests but my boss (who works at the California Dept. of Veterans Affairs) wouldn't provide me the information despite reminding him. He just wanted to put me in that position or was told by his boss not to give it. The boss was seldom around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of having members cold calling and contacting veterans who wanted to be contacted years ago, put them through a training program on veteran's benefits. Set them up to be certified veterans services representatives. Let people hold other jobs. This way, food stamps and other social benefits go to those who really need it. Why put newly graduated college kid who is likely in debt already through this? If they can work, volunteer and not take social benefits from those who need it isn't that a good thing? Even my boss and I think the outlook of the program is bleak because no one can afford to work with this low of pay and not be allowed to work in other paying jobs.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    VISTA year service

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in New York, NY

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great experience, great look on resume, doorway to public service, non-competitive eligibility for federal jobs one year after your service ends, get to actually help people in need, work with and meet the greatest people.

    Cons

    one year commitment with poverty-level stipend pay while being prohibited from outside income in any capacity. many different levels of oversight from all over the country and frequent check-ins. being limited to one project only can be socially isolating at particular sites and makes networking much harder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Dedicating your time to service

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Americorps is great way to start post-grad life without making an extended commitment to a company or place. While in Americorps, you qualify for student loan forbearance or are eligible for an educational grant which you can use for furthering your education. In my experience, Americorps will help to set you up with a living situation and roommates.

    Cons

    You receive an almost unlivable monthly stipend. Also, there is very little direction between Americorps and the site supervisors that manage the programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    AmeriCorps VISTA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    The VISTA program is great in theory, and if executed correctly in site, could be a very rewarding experience...

    Cons

    ...based on my experience at my site, I'm starting to doubt the practicality of the VISTA's theory of Capacity Building. Basically, I was treated like an intern who was there as free labor.

  11.  

    Serving America

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is part of a network of national service programs under the Corpo­ration for National Service and it is just one out of 600 programs in AmeriCorps. NCCC is a 10-month residential program for individuals between the ages of 18-24 years old. Members serve on teams of 10-11 at one of our four region campuses located in Denver, CO; Baltimore, MD; Sacramento, CA and Vinton, IA. Teams serve on projects that last from one day to nine weeks in the areas of energy conservation, environmental stewardship, urban & rural development, infrastructure improvement, and disaster relief. In exchange, members receive an education award, room & board, living allowance, medical insurance, uniforms, training, and transportation to and from the campus at the beginning and end of the year.

    Cons

    -Low pay in exchange for free travel, meals, housing, and transportation
    -Long and sometimes rigorous work days

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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