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AmeriCorps 101. What is AmeriCorps? A National Service Program (Domestic Peace Corps) Members complete a Term of Service. A Term of Service is a commitment.

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1 AmeriCorps 101

2 What is AmeriCorps? A National Service Program (Domestic Peace Corps) Members complete a Term of Service. A Term of Service is a commitment of hours to direct service and training. Participants receive an Education Award at the completion of their Term of Service. Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

3 Federally funded; Locally implemented. Benefits the communities in which members serve by meeting critical community needs. Benefits members by educating them about their community, citizenship, and by giving them means to continue their education. A program of service not longer than 1 or 2 years that has many regulations that must be followed by organizations and members. What is AmeriCorps? Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

4 Created in 1993, AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which also oversees Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, includes $201 million in funding for CNCS to support an expansion of AmeriCorps State and National and AmeriCorps VISTA programs. The National Service Network Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

5 1930: President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the depression 1961: President Kennedy created the Peace Corps. Since then, more than 150,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps 1964: President Johnson created VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) giving Americans opportunities to serve low-income communities domestically 1960’s: The Foster Grandparent Program and RSVP are created to enable older Americans to serve their communities History Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

6 1990: President Bush signed the National and Community Service Act of : President Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, creating AmeriCorps and CNCS AmeriCorps serves over 2 million Americans each year through three main streams of service: AmeriCorps Senior Corps Learn and Serve America History Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

7 Getting Things Done Developing Participants Strengthening Communities AmeriCorps Aims to Meet 3 Different Goals Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

8 Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Administered by the Bonner Foundation in partnership with The College of New Jersey Offered at more than 61 Bonner campuses. Bonner AmeriCorps Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

9 Must be 17 years of age or older. Must have a High School Diploma or Equivalency, or must be working towards the GED. Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S. Government Documentation Required: State-Issued Birth Certificate, unexpired U.S. Passport or Permanent Residency Card Eligibility Requirements Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

10 Tutor Students Educate communities about their environment Renovate and Rebuild Abandoned Homes Provide Mentoring During Non-School Hours Recruit Volunteers Teach Parenting Skills to Teen Parents Bridge the Digital Divide Assist the Homeless Provide Support to People with Disabilities Support Immigrants through a variety of Human and Educational Services As part of a National Movement, members take action and find solutions to address community needs while learning new skills and sharing talents to make a difference across the country. What do AmeriCorps Members Do? Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

11 A job A job program An internship Free labor A staff builder AmeriCorps is NOT: Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

12 Do only clerical work Answer phones Perform janitorial duties Supervise other members Manage paperwork or financial issues See the full list of prohibited activities (in member enrollment workbook and on the web) AmeriCorps Members DO NOT: Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

13 Individuals who serve in National Service programs are called members--they are not volunteers, participants or employees. AmeriCorps Members serve--they do not “work.” AmeriCorps Members Common Myths Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

14 Half-Time Members Quarter-Time Members Minimum-Time Members 900 Hours of Service 450 Hours of Service 300 Hours of Service Education Award $2675 Education Award $1,415 Education Award $1,132 Two-year term (minus one day) One-year term (minus one day) What do AmeriCorps Members Receive? Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

15 At no time may an AmeriCorps Member: Spend more than 20% of their term of service in Training and Enrichment activities. Spend more than 10% of their term of service in Fundraising. Devote any of their service hours to fundraising for any purpose other than directly supporting their service activities. Rules of Conduct Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

16 Attempting to influence legislation. Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes. Assisting, prompting, or deterring union organizing. Engaging in partisan political activities or other activities designed to influence the outcomes of an election to any public office. Engaging in religious instruction. Prohibited Activities Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

17 Engaging in any form of religious proselytization. Providing a direct benefit to a for-profit entity, labor union or partisan political organization. Coordinating or participating in Voter Registration drives. Providing abortion services or referrals for such services. Other activities as determined by the Corporation will be prohibited upon notice Prohibited Activities Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

18 If a member has a personal, compelling circumstance and has completed at least 15% of his/her service commitment, they may receive a portion of the educational award. This means that the situation is absolutely beyond the member’s control (e.g. illness) Documentation provided by member is MANDATORY If a member leaves for other reasons, they will not receive an educational award. Unacceptable reasons include leaving the program (1) to enroll in school, (2) to obtain employment (other than moving from welfare to work), or (3) because of dissatisfaction with the program. Release from Term Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

19 The Program may suspend the Member’s term of service for the following reasons: 1. Compelling personal circumstances (e.g. illness) 2. A violation of the Rules of Conduct 3. If during the term of service the Member has been charged with a violent felony or the possession, sale or distribution of a controlled substance. During the suspension from service, the Member will not receive credit for service hours or benefits. The Member may resume his or her term of service once the circumstances supporting the suspension have been resolved. Suspension Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

20 In the event that informal efforts to resolve disputes are unsuccessful, AmeriCorps members, labor unions, and other interested individuals may seek resolution through the grievance procedures detailed on page 10 of the Member Contract. These procedures are intended to apply to service-related issues, such as assignments, evaluations, suspensions, or release for cause, as well as issues related to non-selection of members, and displacement of employees, or duplication of activities by AmeriCorps Members. Grievance Procedures Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

21 Participation in AmeriCorps is based on merit and equal opportunity for all, without regard to factors such as race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, or religious, community or social affiliations. It is also unlawful to retaliate against any person who, or organization that, files a complaint about such discrimination. Each campus and/or service site that receives the services of an AmeriCorps Member agrees to abide by Federal laws and CNCS policies on Equal Opportunity. Nondiscrimination Policy Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

22 Programs and activities must be accessible to persons with disabilities, and the Bonner AmeriCorps Program at your campus must provide reasonable accommodation to the known mental or physical disabilities of otherwise qualified members, service recipients, applicants, and staff. All selections and project assignments must be made without regard to the need to provide reasonable accommodation. Reasonable Accommodation Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

23 Consistent with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation and The College of New Jersey are committed to providing a workplace that is free from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances. The program member must notify the Bonner Program in writing, within five (5) calendar days, if he or she is convicted of a criminal drug violation in the workplace. Violations of the Drug-Free Workplace policy will result in personnel action against the program member, up to and including dismissal pursuant to The College of New Jersey procedures relating to program member discipline. Drug-Free Workplace Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

24 Bonner Foundation Staff, your Campus/Site Supervisor, and the Corporation for National and Community Service with your consent may: release your name, interests and any training you have received. write a recommendation or give a verbal recommendation for employment, etc. at the end of your term of service. photograph you at your service site for recruitment/promotional purposes (you may opt out by checking the box on page 16 of the enrollment workbook). Informed Consent Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

25 As you complete the Enrollment Workbook, please remember to: Sign in ink and date on all required signature lines (signature date must be on or before your requested start date). Initial any cross-outs, overwrites, etc. Do not use pencil or “white out.” Enrollment Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

26 Along with your completed Enrollment Workbook, you must: Submit a legible copy of government-issued citizenship, naturalization or resident alien documentation (e.g. state-issued birth certificate, permanent resident card, etc.) Submit a legible copy of government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, or passport) Provide documentation of any legal name change. Enrollment Documents Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

27 Once you are enrolled in Bonner AmeriCorps, you are required to report regularly using the Bonner Web-Based Reporting System (BWBRS). Create a Community Learning Agreement (CLA) each semester Log your hours each week Print out monthly time logs, get appropriate signatures and submit to campus administrator Log your Service Accomplishment at the end of each semester. BWBRS Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

28 Create a new CLA each semester for your main service placement Discuss goals with your community partner and/or campus administrator Remember: COMMUNITY, COMMUNITY, COMMUNITY! Even if you serve at the same site for multiple semesters, you need to create a new CLA with new goals! Community Learning Agreements Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

29 Log Hour Entries into BWBRS every week One log entry per site per day (even if you went multiple times) Log hours according to: CLA service, non-CLA service (i.e. one-time opportunities), Training & Enrichment or Fundraising If the time was spent in fundraising (i.e. Relay for Life), you must check the box “this time was spent fundraising” Entries may not exceed a 12 hour maximum per day (or 16 with prior approval from Bonner Foundation Staff) Timesheets Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

30 Each month: Print out an Hour Log from BWBRS by month (on “Report page” choose the correct month from the “show hours in” and click “update”; the print command is under “available actions”) Student, site supervisor & campus administrator must all sign logs on or after the last day of service logged that month Signatures must be original and in ink (no pencil or stamps accepted) Any written changes must be initialed by Member and Campus Administrator Timesheets Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

31 At the end of each semester, members complete a Service Accomplishment in BWBRS for their CLA. Your supervisor will conduct an end of term evaluation of your personal development and the quality of your service as part of your Exit process. Evaluation Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

32 If (1) you have logged enough hours to complete your term, or (2) your end-of-term date is past, or (3) you are withdrawing from your term: You must submit an AmeriCorps Exit Form to the Foundation within 20 days of your last day of service. Exit forms must be signed and dated on or after your last day of service. Exit forms are processed by the Foundation and BWBRS will notify you once it has been filed. Exiting Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

33 Once you have been officially exited from your AmeriCorps term, you can begin the process of accessing your educational award. Register with to access your Ed Award online. The online system allows members and alumni to request Ed Award benefits, including interest accrual and forbearance online.www.myamericorps.gov Members are also able to update their contact information, view their account information and the status of their requests and contact the trust online. Education Award Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

34 An Education Award can be used to: Pay back qualified student loans. Pay current educational expenses at a Title IV institution of higher education. An Education Award can only be used by the member who received it. A Member has up to 7 years to use his/her Education Award. A Member is only eligible for up to two Education Awards in a lifetime. Education Award Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College

35 Need more information? Read through your Enrollment Workbook Visit the AmeriCorps website: americorps.gov Read the AmeriCorps pages on the Bonner Network Wiki: bonnernetwork.pbwiki.com Explore BWBRS: (see your campus admin for login information)www.bwbrs3.org Resources Presentation created by the Bonner Foundation; Adapted for video by the Office of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College


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