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Great for recent college graduates!

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Former Employee - Service-Learning Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN
Former Employee - Service-Learning Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN

I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (less than a year)

Pros

I worked in public schools for two terms. My first year, with City of Lakes AmeriCorps, was outstanding! The professional opportunities were limitless and I gained a lot from the Friday trainings. My second year, with Federal Way Public Schools AmerICorps, provided less opportunities for professional growth. Most programs provide you with an amazing network that is tailored to your professional interests. It's a great way to introduce yourself to the working world.

Cons

In some cities, the work stipend is a little difficult to live on. And each program is different, so those thinking of applying to AmeriCorps should be thoughtful about what type of supervision and environment they prefer.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Allow time to hear feedback during the year from your members - don't wait until the end of the term!

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    One of the worst experiences ever! Do not do it!

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Tutor in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with kids and help them to learn how to read.

    Cons

    You are over worked, under paid, not insured (they lie about the nature of the insurance), want you to work non stop without breaks, no sick time, no benefits of any real kind, poor training, poor management, poor support, toxic environments for staff, promises of work turning into networking opportunities are false, actual skills do not translate into real job opportunities, but advertising for how great Americorps is; bad end of employment grant translates to fewer opportunities than described, a pittance of salary: $1100 per month, a subsidiary insurance plan, negative software program that has you repeating your labor 10 or more times while they blame the staff for poor data input; gossiping, telling tales out of school the 3 stooges for management, dishonesty, blatant lying, disrespect and more - it is not worth it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop misleading these good hearted people who are looking for a way to translate volunteering into a future of paid employment; that their (new) skills will translate to viable employment. Instead of giving an 8 hour professional development session on how to create a resume, or write an email -- try getting employers to come in and tell them what their chances are of a job - along with recruiters for employment? Please stop misrepresenting the grants - 5500 - if they get to the end and earn them - they can be applied with a great deal of effort and barriers - to fewer resources than described; the training? Fire your trainer and get a real trainer in there who can teach the program properly; stop kissing the butts of school staff and networking for jobs for your friends - and not insisting that the school staff - do their part - that would be read the materials - and do what they claim they are doing - this is unethical and abusive of the grantors intentions -- stop sending out accidental messages of your 401k's to the over worked under paid field staff; while the grunts in the trenches are encouraged to collect welfare, and food stamps; even Walmarts pays better than this so called job where you tell one lie after the other - we expect that from corporate America - we do not expect that from a grass roots group pretending to care about people - when in reality - you are getting paid more, and off the backs of these financial slaves all the while objecting to capitalism and encouraging people not to seek viable income paying jobs so that they remain at your disposal. And stop lying; it's unbecoming and just makes the whole idea of volunteering a real turn off.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. It has been a humbling experience

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Lansing, MI

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

    Pros

    Top access to experience in non profits

    Cons

    the pay is very low and one is barely able to live

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your service workers more.

    Doesn't Recommend
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