Since 1994, AmeriCorps provides thousands of opportunities for Americans of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to serve their communities and build the capacity of grassroots organizations to meet local environmental, educational, public safety, or other human needs.
AmeriCorps is often referred to as the "domestic Peace Corps."
Participants, known as AmeriCorps members, perform service with a program that meets local community needs in return for a modest living allowance and a Segal Education Award.
ACE AmeriCorps Programs
During 2013 ACE will proudly offer over 240 AmeriCorps opportunities through multiple State/National programs.
ACE AmeriCorps members serve in Arizona, California, and work alongside dozens of land management agencies all over the United States. All ACE AmeriCorps members will receive job skills trainings, living stipend, free housing, free meals, and an education award upon successful completion of service.
ACE AmeriCorps programs are designed to provide American youth with professional development, job skills training necessary for advancement in outdoor careers while also meeting critical community needs through environmental stewardship, service learning, and volunteerism.
In 2009, ACE Arizona was awarded a State Formula Grant through the Arizona Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families(GOCYF). Since then, ACE has provided 75 AmeriCorps opportunities to American youth eager to develop leadership skills, strengthen communities throughout Arizona, and pursue outdoor careers related to conservation and environmental stewardship. GOCYF ACE AmeriCorps members make a positive impact by conserving National Parks, National Forests, and other wilderness areas within Arizona. Of the 2012 GOCYF ACE AmeriCorps graduates 65% were employed as leaders in ACE and other conservation corps throughout the nation.
In 2010, ACE California was awarded a State Formula Grant from California Volunteers. This grant supported 40 AmeriCorps members per year to serve with ACE. After successfully achieving and exceeding program goals in 2010 and 2011, ACE CA was granted a program expansion for 2012-2013 and currently has 57 half-time AmeriCorps members and 28 quarter-time AmeriCorps members per year.
The Corps Network's mission, as the national membership association of Service and Conservation Corps, is to promote the growth, quality, and sustainability of Corps. Like ACE, The Corps Network advocates for youth from all backgrounds to receive outdoor jobs skills training while benefiting surrounding communities through service learning and volunteerism. As an affiliate member, ACE is able to offer 140+ AmeriCorps internships annually through its National Education Award Program (EAP). ACE EAP members work on outdoor conservation projects all over the United States.
Since 2007, ACE AZ has been awarded 40+ AmeriCorps positions from the NAU AmeriCorps Youth in Action (YIA) program. Based out of Flagstaff, AmeriCorps YIA is the largest and longest running AmeriCorps program in Arizona. As a partner of NAU, ACE offers YIA AmeriCorps opportunities for the purpose of providing professional, leadership development to individuals and meeting critical community needs in Coconino County.
I would certainly recommend ACE/AmeriCorps to my friends. ACE is a great place to develop as a person and gain experience in a very worthwhile field of work all while having a positive environment to do it in. Neal Watson