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Djuna Davidson
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(360) 918-7837
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Jason Martinelli
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Interested in hosting a YIS AmeriCorps member?

 

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The Youth in Service AmeriCorps program will be opening a Service Project Proposal (SPP) similar to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for organizations and schools to apply to host a YIS member starting with the up-coming 2018-2019 program year. Service Project Proposals are released every three years or periodically as needed. The next full release is planned to be released in early January, 2018 with instructions coming on this webpage. The SPP will then be due in mid-February.

What is AmeriCorps-Youth in Service?

AmeriCorps - Youth In Service is a community based national service program, administered by Community Youth Services since 1994. AmeriCorps is one service stream supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Others include the Senior Corps and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).

The Youth In Service AmeriCorps members serve at-risk youth and families at Thurston County non-profits, faith-based, governmental agencies and schools. Go to our main page to learn more about our current program and sites.

Who are AmeriCorps members (ACMs)?

  • Adults ages 18-25
  • Diverse group of service leaders from our local community as well as national recruits from all over the United States.
  • They have varying educational backgrounds, from a GED to a college degree.
  • They have varying experience, from volunteering to professional positions.
  • Members of our community who want to develop their service leadership skills.
  • People who have a passion for social services and/or education.

AmeriCorps Service Projects must

  • Provide direct service to youth and families that otherwise would not be provided with existing staff or volunteers.
  • Expand or enhance the site's usual services without creating an ongoing and dependent relationship with the AmeriCorps-Youth in Service program.
  • Build capacity of sponsor site so the expanded or enhanced services will continue beyond federal funding for AmeriCorps.
  • Support ACMs to participate in required AmeriCorps events and training, National Days of Service, service projects, in-service training opportunities and program leadership roles; including participation in preparing and leading a service project on Martin Luther King Day that may or may not directly benefit the host site.
  • Share approximately 25% of the cost of supporting the project; the current annual expense is $8,250.

What training is provided to members?

  • Members receive up to 80 hours pre-service, community leadership training during the last two weeks of August. Typical topics include community needs assessment, anti-oppression, effective communication skills, leadership development, group formation, and project planning.
  • Members receive ongoing training during team meetings with their AmeriCorps team. These meetings typically occur twice a month throughout the term of service. Team meetings offer the opportunity for ACMs to gain leaderships skills, continue their learning, and connect with other ACMs who are serving the community. Sponsor sites must support ACMs to attend these mandatory Team Meetings.
  • Members receive ongoing training at their site from their site supervisors, in-service opportunities, and by attending professional conferences made available to them.

AmeriCorps Service Projects cannot hire AmeriCorps members:

  • To duplicate the routine functions of workers or displace paid employees.
  • Who have been employees of the site within the last six months.
  • To provide general clerical support.

The Youth In Service Program started at Community Youth Services in 1994 and is funded by the Washington Commission for National and Community Service

 
 
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