What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. Learn more about AmeriCorps.


AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) provides full-time volunteers for one year to non-profit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, ordinary people provide extraordinary service in more than 1,200 projects nationwide. AmeriCorps VISTA members leverage human, financial, and material resources to increase the capacity of low-income communities across the country to solve their own problems.

College Coaches

Kentucky College Coaches focus on mentoring high school students who might not envision themselves going to college, first generation college students, and/or populations with low rates of college enrollment. Coaches are recent college graduates, who are placed in high schools around the state of Kentucky, to work alongside guidance counselors and other faculty and staff supporting students as they transition from high school to college.

This near peer program was established in partnership with Kentucky Campus Compact (KCC), Berea College, and Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) in response to a recommendation from the Governor’s Higher Education Work Group. Learn more about the College Coach program.

What does it take?

AmeriCorps Week 2016

Happy AmeriCorps Week! What are the real ingredients of an AmeriCorps member?Find out now! #AmeriCorpsWorks

Posted by AmeriCorps on Monday, March 7, 2016