A brief guide to the branches of AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is your moment to take the path less traveled, to break the status quo, to stop talking about the problem and be the solution. Join AmeriCorps and you can mentor and tutor kids, rebuild a community after disaster, help veterans and work with local communities to alleviate poverty. There are thousands of opportunities to choose from.

Within AmeriCorps are three main branches you should know about. The first is AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) for people ages 18 to 24. They work in increments of 10 months with other team members to provide services such as education, disaster relief, environmental support and more. They frequently travel within a certain radius to help those whose needs are most critical.

Next is AmeriCorps VISTA, which is for people ages 18 and older. These volunteers help add capacity to nonprofits by supporting people in poverty with focus areas such as public health and safety, the environment and education.

Last is AmeriCorps State, which we are especially familiar with here at UServeUtah. This program enables those age 17 and older to serve alone or in teams with various organizations that help address community problems. Education, public safety and other issues are common focus areas.

It’s never too late to get involved in AmeriCorps. Learn how you can help today!