National Service in Education

AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers support students in public, private, and charter schools, as well as out of school time programs, across the country. AmeriCorps' work provides cost-effective, high impact services to address schools’ most pressing needs and ensure students are ready for college, careers, and full participation in civic life. Evidence shows AmeriCorps members and volunteers improve attendance and engagement, increase high-school graduation rates and expand college enrollment.

Fast facts
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members and volunteers supporting
P-12 student success

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K-12 schools supported through national service

Impact inside and outside of the classroom 

Together, AmeriCorps members and partners:

  • put caring, capable people in schools to support students’ social, emotional, and academic development; 

  • invest in mentors and tutors to help improve students’ literacy and numeracy skills, improve graduation rates, keep students on track and boost academic achievement; 

  • support early childhood education by introducing oral language and literacy exercises, conduct in-school tutoring, and family engagement as part of a well-rounded approach to improve student engagement and attendance; 

  •  prepare students for college and career by helping students explore post-secondary pathways, offering college application assistance, and supporting financial aid exploration; and 

  • bring STEM learning to classrooms and provide digital literacy training to students and community members through public computer centers, schools, and after-school programs to equip them with the skills desirable by employers and integral to dozens of career paths. 

Program Highlights

AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparents

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers with the Foster Grandparent Program help guide students to higher academic achievement, care for premature infants or children with disabilities, and mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers. The Foster Grandparent program connects role models like you with young people with exceptional needs. 

Communities in Schools

Based directly inside schools, AmeriCorps members serving with Communities in Schools connect children and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs. They help create equitable learning conditions by ensuring that that students have everything they need to reengage in learning: access to technology and school supplies, emotional support, and more.  

College Advising Corps

College Advising Corps places recent college graduates from our partner universities as full-time college advisers in underserved high schools across America. AmeriCorps members work alongside school staff to mentor, encourage, and assist students one-on-one as they search for colleges, complete admissions and financial aid applications, and transition from high school to higher education. 

Indigenous Educator Corps

AmeriCorps members deliver enriched educational experiences that build on community-defined needs and strengths for Native American students in New Mexico. They tutor and mentor students and add support in the classroom and during after-school programming. Learn more about what they do in the video below.

Education Initiatives

AmeriCorps supports public-private partnerships and governmental collaborations to address community challenges through service within our six focus areas, including education.

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National Partnership for Student Success 

The National Partnership for Student Success supports a nationwide three-year effort to engage 250,000 more tutors and mentors to accelerate student recovery and success. 





AmeriCorps is a proud partner of the READY SET campaign, a nationwide call to action to support students impacted by COVID-19. Become a tutor, a mentor, or serve young people through AmeriCorps opportunities. 

Youth Mental Health Corps

AmeriCorps has launched the nation’s first Youth Mental Health Corps in partnership with the Schultz Family Foundation and Pinterest. Building off AmeriCorps’ hands-on experience supporting youth wellbeing and lessons learned from Public Health AmeriCorps, this innovative collaboration will provide hundreds of AmeriCorps members with the opportunity to serve as peer support specialists and navigators at schools and in communities to connect students to care. It will also create service-to-career pathways, empowering young adults with onramps into behavioral health careers.

Help Keep Students on Track

Do you want to make an impact in your community and your country?

AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations to strengthen communities across our nation. 


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Expanding Education Pathways for
Those Who Serve with AmeriCorps

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Receive Education Benefits for Serving with AmeriCorps

After successfully completing your AmeriCorps term of service, members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

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Schools of National Service

AmeriCorps partners with hundreds of higher education institutions to support college access. Schools of National Service may match an AmeriCorps member’s education award, or provide benefits such as academic credit for service, priority admission points, or subsidized room and board or a textbook stipend.

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About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps provides opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds to serve their country, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement.

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