Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to be a facilitator of the
AmeriCorps State Scholarship Program
Our scholarships recipients MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of youth in Northwest Wyoming through their work with kids.
Are you interested in being an AmeriCorps State Member with Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Contact Candace Whitlock today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (307) 754-3338.
YOU GOT QUESTIONS? WE GOT ANSWERS…
1. What are the benefits for being an AmeriCorps Member?
Perhaps the biggest benefit you will experience when you join AmeriCorps is the satisfaction of incorporating service into your life and making a difference in your community and your country. But there are other benefits as well. After successful completion of their term of service, AmeriCorps Members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or graduate school at Title IV schools, or to repay qualified student loans. As an AmeriCorps Member, you will gain valuable experience as well as grow your resume. You will learn teamwork, communication, responsibility, and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life while gaining the personal satisfaction of taking on a challenge and seeing results.
2. How do I use the Education Award?
You can use your AmeriCorps Education Award to pay educational expenses at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. You have up to seven years after your term of service has ended to claim the award. At the time you use the AmeriCorps Education Award, you must have received a high school diploma, or the equivalent of such a diploma.
3. How do you become eligible to become an AmeriCorps Member?
AmeriCorps State programs are open to U.S. Citizens, Nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 17 or older. Members must be in the process of obtaining a high school diploma or have had recieved one.
4. What positions are currently open?
450 hour term AmeriCorps Mentors have until July 31st, 2019 to complete their hours.
5. What do I do to complete my hours?
Our AmeriCorps State Members serve their communities in a number of different capacities. Below is a list of some examples of ways in which our Members complete their hours:
- Spend time mentoring a Little Brother or Little Sister ⠂Recruit new volunteer mentors ⠂Use social media to spread the word about BBBS and our programs: Did you see a Big Brother shooting hoops with his Little Brother Today? Tweet it! Did you meet a business owner that wants to help BBBS? Facebook a picture of their business and how they are helping us “Start Something Big!”. ⠂Meeting with their Little Brother or Little Sister. ⠂Helping plan agency match activities. ⠂By doing office hours at our county service centers. ⠂Planning community wide service projects. ⠂CPR and Disaster Preparedness training. ⠂Child abuse prevention training. ⠂Organizing and working at booths for health and information fairs. ⠂Recruiting new Little Brothers and Little Sisters. ⠂Developing new relationships with other community organizations. ⠂Planting trees. ⠂Community clean-up projects. ⠂Developing advertising materials. ⠂Developing recruitment campaigns. ⠂Helping plan and run “For Kids’ Sake” fundraisers.
6. Are there any prohibited activities?
There are some activities that AmeriCorps Members are not allowed to do when they are working. There is an exhaustive list, but prohibited activities are generally those that promote a political viewpoint or legislation, promote religious ideology, or work for a for-profit business.
7. Can I have another job while I serve as an AmeriCorps Member?
Yes. BBBS and the Corporation for National and Community Service just asks that you put the obligations of your AmeriCorps Service before any other position.
8. Can my friends serve too?
Yes! If you friends, classmates, colleagues, and or acquaintances meet the eligibility requirements.
9. Can I defer student loans during my service with AmeriCorps?
You may qualify for postponement, or forbearance, of the repayment of your loans during your service. The education award will help you pay off qualified student loans when you’re finished. Contact your lender for more specific information or to confirm your loan status during AmeriCorps service.
10. Will I get any training when I start?
Absolutely. All members receive training at the beginning of service, as well as project-specific training during service.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. BBBS has been providing one-to-one youth mentoring for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children, ages 5 to 17, in communities across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
BBBS of Northwest Wyoming follows non-discrimination practices that is in direct compliance with EEOC regulations with respect to children, Parents/Guardians, Volunteers, Board Members, Agency Staff, and Donors. As an agency we cultivate and promote a culture that values intentionality, diversity and inclusion as one of the four pillars of the BBBS Nationwide Strategic Direction.