What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to engage Americans in meeting critical community challenges in education, environment, public safety and health. AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in in intensive service each year at nonprofit, schools, public agencies, community and faith based groups across the country. In supporting these efforts, it reaffirms the power of citizens to improve lives, solve problems, strengthen communities and build the capacity of the nonprofit sector.

What are the responsibilities of a CIS AmeriCorps member?

The Communities In Schools of Washington AmeriCorps program supports the CIS mission to help students stay in school and achieve in life. AmeriCorps members are responsible for supporting the implementation of the CIS model of integrated student service delivery in designated elementary, middle, and high school sites. They will work with community partners and volunteers to marshal resources necessary to address the academic, social and emotional needs of students who are at risk of dropping out of school. Through the coordination of individual and group interventions as well as prevention activities, the site coordinator is a key player in helping students stay in school and remain on track to graduate.

Last year, AmeriCorps members provided over 36,678 service hours and recruited over 345 volunteers.

How do I apply to be a member?

To be eligible to be an AmeriCorps member at a CIS affiliate, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 17 years or older with a high school diploma
  • Bachelors or associates degree preferred
  • Prior experience working with children, youth, and families is preferred
  • Be strong in reading and/or other academic areas
  • Be able to complete 10.5 months of service and 1700 service hours
  • Must have access to reliable transportation
  • Have a passion for community service and “getting things done”
  • Dedicated to youth development and academic success
  • Pass a criminal background check

Application Process

Applications are accepted online at throughout the year. However, placements are made at individual CIS affiliates in Washington. The possible placements are Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Peninsula, Puyallup, Renton, Seattle, Spokane County, Tacoma, and Whatcom County.

The executive director at the CIS affiliate will be responsible for contacting you once your application is submitted.

For a complete position description, click here.