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Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations are available.

Benefits


Full-time, 11 Month Positions:

  • Living Allowance:

        $12,630 per term (paid in equal disbursements twice per month during term of service).
  • Education Award:

        $5,815. Must complete 1700 hours of service to receive award. May be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.
  • Loan Deferment:

        Members do not have to pay back student loans while serving (this is not automatic).
  • Child Care Subsidy:

         Available to income-eligible, full-time members (1700 hours).
  • Health Insurance:

        Available to full-time members (1700 hours) who are not otherwise covered during their term of service.

Half-time, 7 Month Positions:

  • Living Allowance:

        $6,630 per term (paid in equal disbursements twice per month during term of service).
  • Education Award:

        $2,865. Must complete 900 hours of service to receive award. May be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.
  • Loan Deferment:

        Members do not have to pay back student loans while serving (this is not automatic).

Quarter-time, 3 Month, Summer Positions:

  • Living Allowance:

        $3,300 per term (paid in equal disbursements twice per month during term of service).
  • Education Award:

        $1,493. Must complete 450 hours of service to receive award. May be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.
  • Loan Deferment:

        Members do not have to pay back student loans while serving (this is not automatic).

History

Since 1994, more than 900,000 men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing needed assistance to millions of Americans to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, homeland security, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve through nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations, helping tackle pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

The Illinois Public Health Association AmeriCorps members help meet locally identified needs at health agencies across the state through community service in the following focus areas: health promotion, education, and outreach; volunteer coordination; and assistance with community emergency preparedness.

FAQ

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a program of the U.S. federal government engaging adults in intensive community service work with the goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.

For more information regarding AmeriCorps State and National, VISTA, NCCC, and NCCC – FEMA Corps programs, visit the Corporation for National & Community Service website at www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps

What is the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) AmeriCorps program?

The Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) AmeriCorps program is a State AmeriCorps program that works to strengthen the field of public health through the development of skilled and committed leaders. The IPHA AmeriCorps program serves as a valuable opportunity to mentor individuals into the field of public health and human services. Members who serve in the program receive extensive orientation, mentoring, and guidance in exploring the public health field as a career – and potentially working within Illinois communities.

What does it mean to be a State AmeriCorps program? Where can I find other Illinois State AmeriCorps programs?

AmeriCorps State and National programs support a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. The Corporation for National & Community Service provides grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

State programs are programs that are native to a given state and have their AmeriCorps program members serve only in that state. State programs partner with an agency or given network within the state and may have their AmeriCorps program members spread throughout the state serving in the same field or for the same organization/network. Some programs may have their AmeriCorps members spread across the state, while others may serve a given geographical region. For example, the IPHA AmeriCorps program has its’ members serve throughout the state of Illinois, while the Belleville AmeriCorps program only serves the geographical area of Belleville, Illinois.

If you are interested in seeking more information regarding AmeriCorps State programs in Illinois, or any other state, please visit Serve Illinois at www.serve.illinois.gov or My AmeriCorps at my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do

My AmeriCorps allows you to search all available AmeriCorps programs and apply for programs online. To search for State programs, select “AmeriCorps State / National” and your state of interest. This will provide you with a list of all openings for that state’s AmeriCorps programs. You can also use the search tool to refine your search to particular service areas. If you are having difficulty navigating the site, call the number located at the top right-hand side of the screen or click the “Contact Us” link located at the bottom of the My AmeriCorps screen.

How long is the IPHA AmeriCorps program?

IPHA has three terms of service in which a member can serve. The quarter-time (Summer) term is 3 months (450 hours), the half-time term is 7 months (900 hours), and the full-time term is 11 months (1700 hours).

How old do I have to be to apply to the IPHA AmeriCorps program?

You must be at least 18 years old.

Can I serve in the IPHA AmeriCorps program while still in school?

Individuals have the option to participate in the IPHA AmeriCorps program while continuing their studies. However, the AmeriCorps term of service is considered top priority. School schedules should not interfere with program hours and activities.

Can IPHA AmeriCorps members have a second job?

Yes, however the IPHA AmeriCorps service is considered first priority. The second job should not interfere with the member’s ability to fulfill IPHA AmeriCorps program requirements.

How do I apply to be an IPHA AmeriCorps member?

You can apply for the program online at the IPHA AmerCorps website: americorps.ipha.com or My AmeriCorps website: my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do

What is the application and selection process for the IPHA AmeriCorps program?

Applications are only accepted during open application periods. Interested candidates must submit an application for each term of service in which they wish to apply. The application period typically begins in the Fall for the half-time positions, in late Winter for the quarter-time/Summer positions, and in early Summer for the full-time positions.

When the application period is open, a list of all program host sites and position descriptions will be provided for the applicant to review decide what host site/position best fits his/her interest(s). During application completion, the applicant will choose up to four host sites/positions in which he/she wishes to serve prior to submitting the application.

Once the application period closes, the IPHA AmeriCorps Program Director will contact all applicants via email for a pre-screening assessment. Applications will then be forwarded to the respective host sites for review. The host sites then contact applicants of interest for interviews. Applicants may be called for multiple interviews. The nature of the interview (in-person, phone, Skype, etc.) is at the discretion of the interviewer. Once all interviews are completed, the host sites rank and submit their top three candidates to the IPHA AmeriCorps Program Director. The IPHA AmeriCorps Program Director then contacts applicants to inform them of any host site that wants to have the applicant as their AmeriCorps member. The applicant either accepts or declines the position offer(s).

When does the IPHA AmeriCorps program begin?

The full-time term begins in September, the half-time term begins in January, and the quarter-time term begins in May.

Do I have to relocate to participate in the IPHA AmeriCorps program?

This varies among IPHA AmeriCorps volunteers depending on where the member currently lives in relation to his/her host site. Relocating to a new location may be required. Relocation expenses are the responsibility of the member. The IPHA AmeriCorps program does not provide relocation assistance.

Where do IPHA AmeriCorps members serve?

All IPHA AmeriCorps members serve at local or state health agencies called host sites. All host sites have a focus on public health and include county and state health departments, community clinics, hospitals and universities.

What are some public health topics IPHA AmeriCorps members cover while serving at their host sites?

Members cover a range of topics including, but not limited to: Community Health Education, Community Collaboration and Engagement, Volunteer Management, Health Promotion, Marketing, Health Care Outreach, Emergency Preparedness and Response, and Public Health Research.

What hours do IPHA AmeriCorps members volunteer?

IPHA AmeriCorps members serve a 37.5 – 40 hour work week, Monday-Friday. Some evening and weekend hours may be needed.

Are IPHA AmeriCorps members considered employees?

No. AmeriCorps is strictly a volunteer program.

Do IPHA AmeriCorps members get paid?

Yes. Full-time members receive a living allowance of $12,630 per term. Half-time members receive a living allowance of $6,630. Quarter-time members receive a living allowance of $3,300.

What are the benefits of participating in the IPHA AmeriCorps program?

See Above

What is an Education Award?

Upon successful completion of a term of service, members are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. The education award may be used to pay 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. Currently, 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. The dollar amount of a full-time award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education's Pell Grant. For more information on the education award, visit: www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/segal-americorps-education-award

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have any further questions regarding the IPHA AmeriCorps program, contact:

Jennifer Hopper
AmeriCorps Program Director
223 South Third Street
Springfield, IL 62701
PH: (217) 522-5687
FX: (217) 522-5689