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Launch Your Career with AmeriCorps

Service with AmeriCorps is a great opportunity to gain experience and give back to the community. As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll increase your monthly income and build new skills without reducing your current Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) benefits.

AmeriCorps is a national service program often referred to as the “Domestic Peace Corps.” Here in Minnesota, more than 2,000 individuals are serving in more than 200 communities statewide. People who join AmeriCorps commit to a year of service in exchange for a modest living stipend and an education award to help pay for tuition or student loans. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.

  • Service in AmeriCorps programs is considered Paid Work Experience, which is a core activity.
  • Cash payments to participants enrolled for part-time and full-time service in AmeriCorps programs are considered excluded income.
  • Counties should record both income received and hours of participation in AmeriCorps programs in the MAXIS system.

To join AmeriCorps, you must meet these minimum qualifications by the time you begin your service:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be a citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Agree to and successfully complete a background check

Program Options

In Minnesota, one in three 3rd graders struggle to read and less than 60% of 8th graders are proficient in math. As a literacy or math tutor, you’ll help students gain the skills they need to thrive. Our tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with students age 3 – grade 8. No experience? No problem! You’ll receive great training and support to help kids build their skills and confidence. Service with Reading Corps or Math Corps is a great springboard for careers in education – many tutors go on to become aides, paraprofessionals and teachers. 

Learn more and apply at ReadingAndMath.net.

Minnesota has one of the largest employment gaps in the nation. Bridge the gap and support adults in your community to help make their career goals a reality. As an Opportunity Navigator, work one-on-one or in small groups to help people get and sustain good jobs. Your experience with Opportunity Corps will prepare you to earn your GCDF or CCSP – certifications widely used in the fields of human services, career advising and workforce development.

Learn more and apply at OpportunityCorps.org.

Many Minnesotans do not have enough support to live a healthy life in recovery. By becoming a Recovery Navigator with Minnesota Recovery Corps, you can change that. You’ll support people with the goals they have related to their recovery: housing, job search, wellness, school, finance and community building. Serving and training with Recovery Corps prepares you to earn your certification as a peer recovery support specialist – a growing need in the field of addiction care. 

Learn more and apply at MinnesotaRecoveryCorps.org.


Contact Chris Erickson at chris.erickson@servetogrow.org or 612-524-9228.

Suzanne PagelLaunch Your Career with AmeriCorps