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Become an AmeriCorps Member

Step 1: Ensure You are Eligible to Serve:

An AmeriCorps member must:

  • Be at least 17 years old, but there is no upper age limit.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED; If you do not have a high school diploma or GED at the time you begin service, you must agree to work towards this while serving and obtain your diploma or GED prior to claiming your education award.
  • Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check

If selected, AmeriCorps members must provide proof of age and citizenship, including government issued photo identification.

Step 2: Locate and Contact a Program of Interest:

To join AmeriCorps, you apply directly to the program(s) of interest to you. AmeriCorps members serve full-time, half-time, and reduced part-time positions. Types of positions will vary between programs. You can view current OregonServes' programs on our Program Directory page.

Each program has its own selection process. After choosing programs that are interesting to you, contact the program to learn more about their open positions and the selection process. Selection to serve in AmeriCorps typically includes an application and an interview.

What Types of Service Activities do Members Perform?

AmeriCorps members engage in direct service activities to address our state’s most pressing social challenges. Every program has different service activities AmeriCorps members perform. Members serve in various locations in Oregon, including at schools, colleges, universities, non-profits, local governments, and others.

Examples of service activities include:

  • Tutoring children in math or reading
  • Repairing trails in parks or the forest
  • Mentoring under-resourced youth
  • Assisting students with college access and completion
  • Recruiting and training volunteers
  • Assisting families with accessing resources like housing and food
  • Providing emergency assistance and training for disasters

Step 3: Apply to AmeriCorps:

Check out this guide for how to apply:

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