AmeriCorps is known as the “domestic Peace Corps.” Participants – known as AmeriCorps members – perform a year of service with a program that meets local community needs. AmeriCorps programs focus on the four issue areas of education, the environment, public safety, and other human needs.
Individual programs recruit and train their own members with funding from an AmeriCorps grant. AmeriCorps grants provide funding for member living allowances, health benefits, childcare (for eligible members), AmeriCorps program staff, training, evaluation, and other program operating costs. Members also receive an education award directly from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.