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Prospective AmeriCorps Member FAQ’s

Why join the AmeriCorps program?

AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to serve for a year while making America stronger, healthier, and safer. When you join AmeriCorps, you use your energy, ideas, and talents to help others. Plus, you’ll earn money for your education, learn to be a leader, and gain real job skills.

What are the benefits of becoming an AmeriCorps member?

Members in the Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps program will earn an Education Award ranging from $1,230-$2,215 after successfully completing their term. In addition, members will increase personal growth in a professional setting, receive a Certificate of National Service, and build upon their resumes.

Am I eligible to enroll in the AmeriCorps Program?

You must be affiliated with a Utah Campus Compact member institution in order to enroll in the program. View the list of institutions (linked under the question “how do I get started?”) and contact the assigned campus coordinator to see if there is a Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program at your institution.

Additionally, the following Member Requirements must be met:

  • Members must enroll in an intensive term of service, anywhere from 300 hours to 1700 hours in a year.
  • Members have 12 months to complete their term of service.
  • Members must be at least 17 years of age to serve (no upper age limit).
  • Members must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • Members must have a high school diploma, GED, or complete one before using the Education Award.
  • Members must have adequate skills and knowledge to serve their client base. Ensure you are attending your classes and specific training’s related to your service.
  • Members must complete the Prospective AmeriCorps Orientation and verify they have done so by taking the quiz at the end.
  • Members must complete all enrollment paperwork.
  • Members cannot have been convicted of an offense that lists them on the National Sex Offender Registry or have been convicted of murder.
  • Members must pass a background check (paid for by Utah Campus Compact).

How do I get started?

Contact the person on your campus who coordinates the UCC AmeriCorps Program and find out if there is a slot available for you to participate! Click this link to find out who your campus coordinator is.

Will I get any training before I start?

Yes! All prospective members must complete an orientation prior to beginning their term of service. Click on this link to locate online orientations. Ensure you have contacted your campus coordinator prior to signing up for an orientation.

  1. Complete the Enrollment Information Document:

The Enrollment Information Document will be emailed to you after you have completed the Prospective AmeriCorps Orientation and passed the quiz. You should receive your IPT login information within 48 business hours of completing this document. Complete this form as soon as possible.

  1. Once you receive your IPT login credentials complete the “Enrollment Eligibility Verification” Form in IPT:

This form must be signed before you can obtain or schedule your fingerprints.

  1. Obtain fingerprints or schedule a specific date to get prints done:

You may not count hours until we have received confirmation that you have either completed your prints or that you’ve scheduled a time to do so in the near future. You will note this information on the Enrollment Checklist.

Important note: you must be accompanied by your Supervisor in all service activities until your background check has cleared. It is in your best interest to complete your prints as soon as possible.

  1. Position Description form:

Your Campus Coordinator will provide you with this form. You will review and sign this document with your Site Supervisor.

  1. The Qualified Site Contract:

Please check UCC’s website to view the Qualified Service Sites. If your site is not on the 17-18 list your site will need to complete a Qualified Site Contract. Please print and deliver the QSC to your site and have an authorized person complete the form.

  1. Set up meeting with Campus Coordinator:

Make sure you bring your government issued photo ID and your completed Position Description with you to the meeting.

  1. Review and sign the “Member Service Agreement” form:

Note: You can’t complete the Member Service Agreement form until your campus coordinator signs this form first.

  1. Review and sign the Enrollment Checklist with your Campus Coordinator.

After all of your forms are signed and submitted to UCC by your Campus Coordinator it may take 2-4 weeks for your enrollment to be reviewed and finalized.

The day you can start counting hours will be the day all enrollment requirements were correctly completed or your service start date, whichever is later.

  1. Once successfully enrolled you will receive an email invitation from asking you to complete your AmeriCorps Portal profile online:

Create your AmeriCorps Profile as soon as you receive the invitation (but not before). You may apply for loan forbearance as soon as you’ve created this account.

  1. Make sure emails from americorps {at} utahcompact(.)org are not marked as junk mail in your email account.

You will receive important information from UCC such as how to track your hours. Additionally, we will contact you via email if there are issues with your term that need your attention.

While the Enrollment Process is not difficult, it does require timely completion of materials and prompt responses from enrolling members. The enrollment process must be completed within 30 days of the assigned start date. If the member is unable to complete this process within the required time they will need to retake the orientation and submit all new forms.

If you have any questions or issues please reach out to your Campus Coordinator.