AmeriCorps @ Salisbury University
Holloway Hall

Information for Applicants

To Apply

We are now recruiting members for the 2014-2015 service year, which begins in September 2014, pending receipt of federal funding.

Applications to become a ShoreCorps/PALS member are available here. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Information for applicants can be found here.

Program Information

ShoreCorps/PALS, the AmeriCorps program at Salisbury University, is seeking competent and energetic individuals who want to join the national service movement by serving youth on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  ShoreCorps/PALS has partnered with over twenty agencies over the years, and our members have served in Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Talbot, and Queen Anne’s Counties. 

AmeriCorps members with ShoreCorps/PALS serve for at least 48 weeks in positions providing one-on-one and group mentoring, homework assistance, parent and family support services, health education programs, a variety of community outreach activities and volunteer recruitment and management. 

ShoreCorps/PALS is an AmeriCorps State Program, working under the oversight of the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) in Maryland. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) oversees AmeriCorps Programs across the country.

To download our Membership brochure click Member Brochure.

 Program Objectives

  • Improving school performance and attendance
  • Reducing school dropouts
  • Increasing parental involvement with youth and adolescents
  • Improving parenting skills of adolescent parents
  • Reducing the incidence of violence involving youth and adolescents
  • Improving relationships between youth, adolescents, and their families
  • Increasing involvement of youth and adolescents in health education and health
    promoting activities
  • Increasing involvement by youth and adolescents in service activities
  • Increasing the capacity of partner sites and agencies

We are seeking committed and energetic candidates with a range of experiences in the field of education and community service who reflect the diversity of the schools and communities we serve.

Member Opportunities

v     Contribute to the academic and social success of youth on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

v     Gain experience serving in a school, government agency, or non-profit organization

v     Develop effective skills in project management, leadership, and teamwork

v     Participate in a lively learning community of fellow AmeriCorps members who are committed to youth development and empowerment

v     Participate in a national service movement of over 50,000 members nationwide

Requirements

v     Applicants must have a strong interest in serving youth and adolescents for a full year.

v    Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED.

v     Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

v     Applicants must have reliable transportation.

v     Applicants must be available to attend the tuition-free, mandatory AmeriCorps member class at Salisbury University on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. during the Fall and Spring semesters and may not have any outstanding balance due to SU.

v    Applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are “citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States.”  To document this status, a US birth certificate or US passport is required

Benefits

A full-time, one-year commitment of 1700 hours of service (approximately 40 hours per week during 48 weeks of active service) offers the following benefits:

v     Bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $508.33 (during 48 weeks of active service)

v     Health Insurance plan available, if eligible

v     Post-education award of $5,645 to help pay for federal student loans

      and/or future educational expenses

v     Child care reimbursements, if eligible

v     Six tuition-free undergraduate credits from Salisbury University

v     Federal student loan forbearance

v     Federal student loan accrued interest payments

A half-time, one-year commitment of 900 hours of service (approximately 20 hours per week   during 48 weeks of active service) offers the following benefits:

v  Bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $252.08 (during 48 weeks of active service)

v     Post-education award of $2,822 to help pay for federal student loans

      and/or future educational expenses

v     Six tuition-free undergraduate credits from Salisbury University

v     Federal student loan forbearance

v     Federal student loan accrued interest payments

A quarter-time, one-year commitment of 450 hours of service (approximately 10 hours per week during 48 weeks of active service) offers the following benefits:

v Bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $126.04 (during 48 weeks of active service)

v Post-education award of $1,493 to help pay for federal student loans and/or future educational expenses

v Six tuition-free undergraduate credits from Salisbury University

v Federal student loan forbearance

v Federal student loan accrued interest payments

All positions are dependent upon receipt of grant award.

      For more information contact the AmeriCorps Office at 410-543-6137. For a member application, click here.