Impact America Corps Member
Many young adults tend to have negative perceptions of people living in poverty, people struggling to get by. Or, worse, they tend not to think much about them at all. As our communities become more homogeneous, it is easier to become isolated from many of the problems facing families and children today. Impact America provides an opportunity for recent graduates to engage with their communities in a meaningful way, broadening their perspectives and making a real impact.
AmeriCorps Members serving with Impact America engage with communities through Impact’s five initiatives: FocusFirst, SaveFirst, SpeakFirst, CollegeFirst, and Stories from the Line. FocusFirst ensures that children in urban and rural communities receive comprehensive vision care during their crucial formative years. SaveFirst provides free tax preparation to facilitate economic improvement for working families. SpeakFirst uses academic debate as a platform to support middle school and high school Birmingham students and to guide them on a path toward college excellence. CollegeFirst pairs talented college mentors with promising high school students to strengthen foundational concepts in preparation for the rigor of AP coursework. Stories from the Line navigates the complexities of poverty through a series of short films that chronicle the lives of individuals and families living in poverty.
Individuals who serve as a Corps Member with Impact America spend a year of service after graduation at a nationally recognized organization working to mitigate the effects of poverty, while also gaining professional experience and a broadened perspective. Corps Members plan and execute all initiatives that operate in their state of service, as well as recruit and manage the service of college students as they participate in those initiatives. Corps Members are in the community every day, collaborating with community partners and interacting with a diverse group of people, ranging from preschoolers to college students to working parents. The following provides a general idea of what service with each initiative entails:
FocusFirst (AL, TN, FL, SC): Conduct vision screenings at Head Start and daycare centers throughout your state of service. Ensure that follow-up care is provided for all children who need it.
SaveFirst (AL, TN, FL, SC): Obtain certification as an Advanced Volunteer Tax Preparer. Recruit and train college students on tax law. Manage students’ service at community-based sites. Implement marketing strategies to encourage families to utilize free tax preparation. Develop community partnerships to establish tax preparation sites.
SpeakFirst (AL): Serve as a debate coach for middle school students in Birmingham. Supervise students at debate tournaments. Provide tutoring and standardized test preparation. Plan cultural activities for students.
CollegeFirst (AL): Plan and implement a three-week summer enrichment program for high school students to prepare them for AP courses. Recruit and train college students to serve as mentors. Provide support to AP teachers during classroom lectures, laboratory experiments, and small group activity/discussion times.
Stories from the Line (TN, AL): Identify compelling stories related to our work and produce a series of short films, capturing those stories and developing them into meaningful narratives that can positively influence awareness and action.
Positions are currently available in Birmingham, AL; Tuscaloosa, AL; Memphis, TN; Tallahassee, FL; and Greenville, SC.
Successful candidates will exhibit a commitment to improving the lives of economically disadvantaged families, a record of community service and/or civic engagement, leadership skills, the ability to work well with a diverse group of individuals (e.g., college students, children, community partners), flexibility in a fast-paced environment, and a positive attitude.
Impact America is an AmeriCorps Program®. Benefits include the following:
Monthly living stipend
$5,815 education award (received upon completion of term of service)
Meals when providing service outside of your home county
Mileage reimbursement when driving your personal car for service
All travel costs during overnight trips (hotel, rental car, meals)
Ongoing professional development and training
Impact America welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. We have sought to identify the essential functions and physical requirements of all service positions and will make reasonable accommodations through scheduling, task reassignment, and other methods to accommodate applicants and AmeriCorps members. Please contact us should you need accommodations in order to apply.
Documentation of status as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien (AmeriCorps eligibility requirement)
Completion of a college degree (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis with prior approval)
Submit to criminal background check, including an FBI check, NSOPW check, a statewide check in the applicant’s state of residence at the time of application, a statewide check in applicant’s state of service (if different than state of residence)
At least 18 years of age