Gila River AmeriCorps Program

Gila River AmeriCorps Program

"Getting things done for America"

AmeriCorps is a National Community Service Program that began in 1994 under President Clinton. The Program receives funding through the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS), to improve lives and foster civic engagement within communities.  While there are several different focus areas to serve communities, the identified focus areas of the Gila River AmeriCorps Program is Career/Economic Opportunity and Environmental Stewardship.  The GRIC AmeriCorps Program is managed within the Employment & Training Department and was designed to resemble WIOA and other work placement programs that provided work experience, mentorship, supplemental resources, GED, and professional development training. Thirteen Members are placed within the Employment & Training Department and the Department of Environmental Quality.

AmeriCorps members throughout the country serve on teams to help better their communities around the nation. The AmeriCorps organization consists of over 15,000 locations with over 75,000 men and women engaging in intensive service each year to “get things done for America”.

RECRUITMENT

 

 

AmeriCorps Pledge

I will get things done for America to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier. I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities. Faced with apathy, I will take action. Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground. Faced with adversity, I will persevere. I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond. I am an AmeriCorps member and I will get things done.

“Every American. Every Business. Every Profession. Every School. Every Community. Every State. All of us, as one American Team. That’s how we will truly honor our Veterans. That’s how we will truly say thanks you. That’s how we will uphold the sacred trust with all who have served in our name. ..” - President Obama


Eligibility

 

Be at least 17 years of age (with parent/guardian approval)

Have a high school diploma or GED (or must commit to complete during service term)

Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien

Pass a three-part criminal history check: national sex-offender registry, state repository check, and FBI check.

(Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; and individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of murder, or fails to disclose any previous conviction.  Other convictions or pending charges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with program policy).


What We Offer

OUR SERVICES

  • Work Experience- Site placement and service will earn entry level experience in a professional setting. Members will see and participate in the daily tasks and goals of the Employment and Training Department and the Department of Environmental Quality. Members will interact with site mentors, clients and department professionals to build rapport and relationships to strengthen client experience, retention, program completion and follow-up care to ensure client career goals are not forgotten after program exits.

  • Certifications—During AmeriCorps commitment, Members will have the opportunity to complete various trainings and courses provided by the GRIC E&T, Gila River Health Care Corporation, GRIC Human Resources Office, and other resources necessary to be able to provide excellent service to the Gila River Indian Community.

  • Individual Employment Plans—While Members get things done for America, the program will assist members to get things done for themselves.  Individual Employment Plans (IEPs) will be created for each members’ unique situations to develop a map toward personal and professional goals. Career assessment and aptitude testing will be completed to highlight Member strengths and barriers.  These plans will identify attainable goals while in the program and create a pathway toward career goals for life after AmeriCorps.

 

Soft Skills/Professional Skills TrainingMonthly mandatory training will be provided by the GRIC Employment and Training Department to strengthen soft skills, professional skills and to build teamwork. Trainings are selected by program participants and participation is mandatory.

Bi-Weekly Living Stipend— Full-time and part-time AmeriCorps members are offered a bi-weekly living allowance for service hours completed.  Member must remain on track to complete service term in a timely manner and all program requirements will need to be met. Bi-weekly living allowances are fixed and service hours do not receive an hourly wage.

Segal Educational Award – Upon successful completion of service commitment, Members will be eligible for the Segal education award to assist with higher education costs/expenses or loan repayment. Members would have to complete all required service hours, fulfill program requirements and exit the program in good standing.  The Segal Education Award is typically equivalent to the amount set for the Federal Pell Grant. Half time members would only be eligible for half the award amount.

Now recruiting for our 2020-2021 Members…

 

AmeriCorps is a national community service program funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This volunteer program addresses critical problems in communities and is designed to provide individual growth, professional development, and promote civic engagement.

Recruitment Flyer

 

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