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CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND
Board of Directors:
REATHA CLARK KING, Acting
GALLAGHER, CAROL KINSLEY,
DAN GLICKMAN WILLIAM PERRY RICHARD W. RILEY DONNA E. SHALALA HENRY G. CISNEROS
Members (ex officio)
(Secretary of Agriculture) (Secretary of Defense) (Secretary of Education) (Secretary of Health and Human Services) (Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development) (Secretary of the Interior) (Secretary of Labor) (Attorney General) (Director, Peace Corps) (Administrator, Environmental Protection
Agency) (Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for
National and Community Service)
Deputy Executive Director
Senior Service Corps, and Hope VI Director, National Civilian Community
Corps Director, Corporation Field Operations Director, Learn and Serve America Director, AmeriCorps* State and National
HARRIS WOFFORD SHIRLEY SAGAWA TRACY GRAY JAMES SCHEIBEL
MALCOLM COLES SUSAN STROUD DIANA ALGRA
MERI AMES TERRY RUSSELL LUISE JORDAN GENE SOFER
Director, AmeriCorps Leaders Program
JAY TOSCANO MELINDA HUDSON GARY KOWALCZYK DAVID SPEVACEK LARRY WILSON PHYLLIS BEAULIEU
The Corporation for National and Community Service engages Americans of all backgrounds in community-based service. This service addresses the Nation's educational, public safety, human, and environmental needs to achieve direct and demonstrable results. In doing so, the Corporation fosters civic responsibility, strengthens the ties that bind us together as a people, and provides educational opportunity for those who make a substantial service contribution.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation) was established by the National and Community Service Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 12651 et seq.). The Corporation assumed the programs and authorities of the Commission on National and Community Service and effective April 1, 1994, incorporated programs previously administered by ACTION under authority of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4950). Both ACTION and the Commission for National and Community Service were abolished as Federal agencies
The Corporation is a Federal corporation and is governed by a 15member bipartisan Board of Directors, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Each
member serves a 5-year term. The membership of the Board is diverse according to race, ethnicity, age, gender, and disability characteristics. The Secretaries of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Labor; the Attorney General, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, the Peace Corps Director, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation serve as ex-officio members of the Board. The Board has overall policy direction over the Corporation's activities and has the power to make all final grant decisions, approve the strategic plan and annual budget, and advise and make recommendations to the President and the Congress regarding changes in the national service laws.
Programs and Activities
The Corporation serves its mission through three major program areas:
AmeriCorps AmeriCorps is the Nation's national service initiative that engages thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds in solving the most pressing community and national problems.
AmeriCorps members get things done by providing service to meet educational, public safety, human, and environmental needs. In exchange for 1 or 2 years of service, members will receive service education awards of up to $4,725 per year to help finance their college education or vocational training, or to pay back their student loans. The Corporation has established an
Education Award Trust Fund to administer the award monies.
There are three components to AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps*State and National is administered through grants, while AmeriCorps*VISTA and AmeriCorps* National Civilian Community Corps are run directly by the Corporation. Currently, some 25,000 members are serving in AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps State and National AmeriCorps* State and National members accomplish their mission by providing direct service in the four issue areas established by law: education, public safety, human needs, and the environment. Services include: tutoring school-age children; serving as mentor to teen-age parents; developing crime prevention workshops and providing victim assistance; helping the homebound and disabled live independently; coordinating needed services for public housing projects; starting citywide recycling programs; and restoring national parks. Full-time AmeriCorps*State and National members must serve at least 1,700 hours during a period of not less than 9 months and not more than 12 months to be eligible for the education award. Part-time members must serve at least 900 hours during a period of not more than 2 years (unless the part-time member is enrolled in an institution of higher education while performing some or all of the service, in which case the member must provide at least 900 hours of service during a period of not more than 3 years).
The Corporation funds AmeriCorps State and National through population-based State allocations; funds distributed to programs selected by the States and submitted to the Corporation through competitive consideration; and programs operated by national nonprofit organizations, professional corps, programs operating in more than one State, and programs operated by Federal agencies. The funds granted to the States, on both formula and competitive bases, are administered by State Commissions on National and Community Service, which subgrant the monies to individual community-based programs. Information regarding annual
grants requirements and schedules is published in the Federal Register. AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps (AmeriCorps*NCCC) AmeriCorps*NCCC's mission is to promote civic pride and responsibility through community service. Corps members work in collaboration with community representatives to complete service learning projects in the issue areas of education, public safety, human needs, and the environment—with the primary focus on environmental needs. Corps members, ages 18–24, are recruited nationally and participate in innovative training programs that uniquely combine the best in military training, techniques, Civilian Conservation Corps values, and service learning models. AmeriCorps*NCCC is a residential program, with members living at campuses located at closed or downsized military facilities at Charleston, SC; Denver, CO; and San Diego, CA; and at the Veterans Hospital at Perry Point, MD. AmeriCorps NCCC is directly administered by the Corporation. AmeriCorps*VISTA AmeriCorps*VISTA is a full-time service program which is required by law to address poverty and poverty-related problems. Established in 1965, 4,000 VISTA's are supported directly by the Corporation, but serve with community-based public and private nonprofit organizations through memoranda of agreement between the Corporation and community-based groups. AmeriCorps*VISTA assignments differ from the AmeriCorps*State and National and AmeriCorps*NCCC programs in that participants must be assigned to antipoverty activities and are expected to serve in capacity building assignments, whereas other AmeriCorps members emphasize direct service. Fulltime AmeriCorps*VISTA service is 12 months, with members receiving a living allowance and health and child care; or they may elect to take a $1,200 cash stipend at the close of service rather than an education award.