NH AmeriCorps State Programs
National Service programs are essential to meeting critical needs in New Hampshire. Volunteer NH administers grant funding to the AmeriCorps State programs and serves as a steward to other National Service resources, including AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and AmeriCorps Seniors.
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Serving in New Hampshire’s AmeriCorps State Programs
All AmeriCorps State members receive:
- A full or partial Segal Education Award dependent of length of service
- Experience to boost professional skills
All AmeriCorps State members must:
- Be 17 years or older
- Pass a national service criminal history check (many programs will consider criminal offenses on a case-by-case basis)
- Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens
- Complete between 300 – 1,700 hours of service (varies by program)
- Have served no more than three terms in an AmeriCorps state or national program already (there is a 4 term max)
AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP)
Members of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program are placed throughout New Hampshire at crisis centers, police departments, prosecutor offices, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, child advocacy centers, and on college and university campuses to offer support and information to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking.
- Requirements: 18+ years of age; valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and auto insurance (some sites do not require); skill requirements specified on the AVAP website
- Time Commitment: 12 months – most members begin service in September
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City Year New Hampshire
At City Year, we believe education has the power to help every child reach his or her potential. However, in high-poverty communities there are external factors and obstacles students are faced with every day that can interfere with their ability to get to school ready to learn.
City Year New Hampshire AmeriCorps members serve as near-peer mentors in Manchester elementary schools. In addition to their in-school service, members coordinate service projects and workshops for corporate and school partners. Through these efforts, City Year’s work impacts children and communities in Manchester and across the Granite State.
- Requirements: between the ages of 18 and 25; a college degree, some college, high school diploma, or GED; able to commit to completing 1700 hours of full-time service over 11 months
- Time Commitment: 11 months – most members begin service in August, half-time members may begin in January
Granite State Service Corps
Granite State Service Corps places AmeriCorps members in New Hampshire schools and nonprofits to serve at-risk students and kids who have been impacted by the foster care system. Members work in and out of school in order to support students that have been impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). Members efforts are focused on building resiliency and increasing childhood protective factors.
GSSC members mentor youth, provide parenting classes, and support foster youth aging out of foster care in schools, after school programs and family resource centers throughout New Hampshire.
- Requirements: Contact Program Coordinator for details
- Time Commitment: full-time (1,700 hours) members serve 12 months; minimum time (300 hours) members serve only during the summer
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Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC)
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The program is based out of the Squam Lakes Association with host sites at the Green Mountain Conservation Group, Squam Lakes Conservation Society, Lakes Region Conservation Trust, New Hampshire Lakes, Lakes Region Conservation Trust, Newfound Lake Region Association, and the Lake Winnipesaukee Association.
The program provides hands-on conservation experience and certifications over a broad range of areas which ensure that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species, maintain trail networks, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, and lead volunteer crews.
- Requirements: 18+ years of age; covered by health insurance; physical requirements specified on the LRCC website
- Time Commitment: half-year (22.5 weeks: May – October or October – April) or full-year (42.5 weeks: October – August)
NH Community Health Corps
Epilepsy Foundation New England helps people and families affected by epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that is characterized by electrical discharges in the brain that cause seizures. AmeriCorps members with Epilepsy Foundation New England serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities.
The Foundation’s 14 AmeriCorps Youth and Families Services Coordinators will be instrumental in: a) Starting and Managing a Young Leaders Network to mentor and engage high school and college-aged youth in community service, leadership, and advocacy as well as community building. b) Starting and Managing a Kids Connect Network to mentor and engage middle school-aged youth in skill-building and community building. c) Facilitating parent support groups. d) Providing educational workshops to students and school personnel. e) Recruiting volunteers to serve with the Members to support these efforts.
Members will use the Foundation’s curricula and program guides to implement these services and will receive high-quality training and support for success.
- Requirements: 18+ years of age; experience/skill requirements specified on the Epilepsy Foundation New England website
- Time Commitment: 10 months (1,700 hours)
Learn more about the Recovery Corps
Members of the Harbor Homes Recovery Corps Program train as recovery coaches in order to provide peer to peer support for clients that are actively recovering from drug and substance misuse. During their term of service, members are provided the opportunity to obtain their NH Certified Recovery Support Worker certification – Harbor Homes provides the necessary training and funding.
- Requirements: 18+ years of age
- Time Commitment: 12 months
Student Conservation Association, New Hampshire Corps
The mission of SCA New Hampshire AmeriCorps is to serve the communities and lands of New Hampshire while building the members’ leadership and technical skills in the conservation ﬁeld.
Each January the New Hampshire AmeriCorps program welcomes 30 members to Bear Brook State Park who serve in one of two 10-month corps positions: Conservation Steward or Interpretive Ranger. In either case, members provide environmental education programming to the state’s residents and visitors, and complet conservation service projects that improve and protect the state’s cultural, recreational, and natural resources.
- Requirements: physical requirements specified on the SCA website; Conservation Stewards must have a high school diploma or GED; 18+ years of age; Interpretive Rangers must have 21+ years of age; personal vehicle and have had a valid driver’s license for at least three years; college degree or signiﬁcant progress towards degree in Education, Interpretation, or science-related ﬁeld (experience may be acceptable in lieu of a degree)
- Time Commitment: 10 months
Learn more about the SCA