In the Granite State Service Corps, direct service AmeriCorps members serve at-risk youth across New Hampshire. Many Granite State youth have been impacted by trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which, without proper support, can negatively affect success, health, and functioning long-term.
The good news? The impacts of ACEs can be counteracted, and one of those “counter-ACEs” is relationships. The Granite State Service Corps aims to introduce stability and positive relationships into the lives of at-risk middle and high school youth by pairing them with AmeriCorps member mentors, who regularly meet one-on-one with a caseload of ten students to increase their resiliency, social and emotional skills, and self-sufficiency—in essence, serving the “whole child.”
Members are placed at host site organizations across the Granite State, from the Seacoast’s Dover and Rochester to Tilton, by the lakes and mountains, to southern New Hampshire’s cities of Concord, Manchester, and Nashua. Host sites include schools like Next Charter School and Kreiva Academy; community organizations such as the Dover Housing Authority and Nashua Police Athletic League; and afterschool programs like the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester.
Benefits to being an AmeriCorps member:
AmeriCorps member benefits vary by program, and may include:
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,345*)
- Bi-Weekly Living Allowance (approximately $600 bi-weekly; varies depending on location)
- Student Loan Forbearance for eligible federal loans (interest paid by AmeriCorps)
- Health Benefits
- Training and Professional Development
- Food Stamp Eligibility (depending on financial situation)
- Relocation Assistance (VISTA only)
- Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal employment (for 1 year after program completion; VISTA only)
- Life Navigator (on-staff licensed counselor for members)
*Individuals are limited to two full Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards in their lifetime
To learn more about becoming a Granite State Service Corps host site or member, please contact Katie Pazienza at Katie.Pazienza@goodwillnne.org or (603) 860-8348.
To begin the application process, please fill out this short interest survey