The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. As a member, you will learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life. And you will gain the personal satisfaction of taking on challenges and seeing results.

AmeriCorps members assist students with the college enrollment process (admissions, testing, academic advising, financial aid, orientation, registration, etc.), facilitate parent workshops and serve as a liaison for students (at ISD high schools and other designated venues, via phone and/or email). Members will maintain program activity logs, compile reports and other required documentation.

Each year the AmeriCorps Program serves over 4,000 12th grade students; AmeriCorps members answer questions and guide students with all college enrollment requirements. AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Application

Deadline for Fall was July 22, 2017, Spring application will be available soon.

  • AmeriCorps Offers Tangible Benefits

    • Member who satisfactorily completes service will earn for each term served a $1,527.45 educational award
    • Semi-monthly $330 stipend will be provided during the 9 months
    • Pre-Service Orientation on time management skills, leadership skills, civic reflection and public speaking
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

    The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by participants who complete a term of national service in an approved AmeriCorps program. An AmeriCorps member serving in a full-time term of national service is required to complete the service within 12 months.

    The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs), as well as to repay qualified student loans. The dollar amount of a full-time award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grant, thus it can vary from year to year. Currently, AmeriCorps members may earn up to the value of two full-time education awards and have seven years from the date they earned each award to use it.

    Members can divide up an award and use portions of it at different times before it expires, as long as it is for authorized expenditures.

  • Requirement to Join

    • 2.5 GPA
    • 24 credit hours completed
    • Bilingual (English and Spanish)
    • Understand the college enrollment process
    • Good customer service skills
    • Application from utrgv.edu/americorps
    • Résumé
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Enrolled for Fall 2016
  • Community Service Activities

    • MLK Day of Service – A day-on not a day-off
    • United We Serve
    • AmeriCorps Week
    • University Day
  • Program Overview

    • AmeriCorps members will serve two 4.5month terms:
    • from August 16, 2015 to December 31, 2016 and
    • from January 2, 2016 to May 15, 2016
    • 20-22 hours per week on average
    • 80 percent of the time will be spent at assigned high school
  • AmeriCorps Fast Facts

    Figure Description
    900,000 Number of people who have served as AmeriCorps members since 1994
    1.2 billion Total number of hours served by AmeriCorps members since 1994
    5.2 million Number of disadvantaged youth tutored, mentored or served by AmeriCorps members in fiscal 2011
    4 million Number of community volunteers managed or mobilized by AmeriCorps members in fiscal 2011
    $480 million Value of cash and in-kind donations leveraged by AmeriCorps members in fiscal 2010
    15,000 Number of AmeriCorps service locations in 2012
    $2.4 billion Total amount of Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards earned by AmeriCorps members since 1994


Contact Us

Brownsville Location:
U Central
The Tower, Main 1.100
1 West University Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78520
956-882-7298
AmeriCorps@utrgv.edu

Edinburg Location:
U Central
1st Floor Student Services Building (SSBL)
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78539
956-665-2157
AmeriCorps@utrgv.edu