AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups, in which San Jose Conservation Corps participates. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps! AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America. As an AmeriCorps member, you can: ·Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth ·Fight illiteracy ·Improve health services ·Build affordable housing ·Teach computer skills ·Clean parks and streams ·Manage or operate after-school programs ·Help communities respond to disasters ·Build organizational capacity Benefits of Service As an Americorps member, you will gain new skills and experiences-and you will also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. Corpsmembers who meet eligibility requirements can receive up to $5,550 for full-term service or $2,775 for part-time service terms in one year to continue their education and training. Full-time service is based on completion of 1,700 hours while part-time service is based on completion of 900 hours in an AmeriCorps Program. An individual is eligible for up to four 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Awards in a lifetime.