AmeriCorps Overview

AmeriCorps is a national network of programs that engages nearly 75,000 Americans each year in service to meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. In Massachusetts, there are more than 2,000 members serving each year to meet critical needs in the Commonwealth including providing tutoring and mentoring services to children, legal assistance for individuals and families, providing health education and job readiness workshops, and maintaining our natural resources and public lands. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal Education Award and some receive a small living allowance (which does not count as income against certain disability benefits), health care and child care subsidy.

As the state commission on service and volunteerism, the Massachusetts Service Alliance administers funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service to AmeriCorps programs in the Commonwealth. In addition, MSA monitors and evaluates the implementation of the Massachusetts AmeriCorps state programs.

Massachusetts AmeriCorps Program Highlight

United Teen Equality Center

UTEC's Youth Power Corps

The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) provides a youth-led safe-haven for peacemaking, education, and grassroots organizing.  The purpose of UTEC’s Youth Power AmeriCorps program is to decrease Lowell’s drop-out rate and the feeling of disenfranchisement among young people.  Youth Empowerment offers job and career training for...