AmeriCorps is a federal program operated by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an agency created in 1993 by President Clinton. AmeriCorps provides grants to private nonprofit organizations and schools to contribute to the costs of stipends, benefits, training and other support to Americans serving full-time or part-time meeting critical needs in communities. AmeriCorps is a public-private partnership, so programs are also required to raise matching dollars in their communities. Every program funded by AmeriCorps is considered an AmeriCorps program, and every participant in an AmeriCorps program is called an AmeriCorps member. Public Allies was identified by former President George H.W. Bush as a model for a national service program in 1992. President Clinton also recognized Public Allies as a model for AmeriCorps, and we were one of the original AmeriCorps programs. Since that time, Public Allies has been a proud member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network and we have received more than $25 million in funding, earned more than $10 million in education awards, and been selected as an official training and technical assistance provider to all programs funded by CNCS on how to better engage and strengthen communities through service.
Visit the AmeriCorps website here.
As a VISTA Leader this year, I have felt equipped and capable of managing my team of (9) young people because of the extensive leadership training I received at Public Allies Cincinnati.
-Kelly Carr, Alumnae ‘03
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