LOOKING FOR INSPIRED VOLUNTEERS
Project CHANGE Montgomery is looking for the most talented and inspired volunteers, young or old, to apply to join the team for the 2020-2021 service year. We have some exciting new partners where members will serve disadvantaged kids who struggle with teachers and classes taught in a language not native to them, or help children dealing with the personal tragedy of losing a loved one, or assist students who have missed schooling through no fault of their own and need help passing their GED and starting a career.
All members are dedicated to supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve their chances of academic achievement through enhancing their social and emotional learning that will ultimately ensure success in life.
Project CHANGE Montgomery is the only AmeriCorps program that exclusively serves Montgomery County, and is strongly supported by the Montgomery County Public School System, and by Senator Chris Van Hollen and Rep Jamie Raskin and County Executive Marc Elrich. Check below to see if you are eligible to apply. If you have any queries, feel free to call the Director Paul Costello at 240 476 1123.
If you want to read about the AmeriCorps experience that is on offer, Read THIS article from Idealist.
If you want to hear the stories of members as they sum up their year of service, go to Project CHANGE TV
if you want to read why National Service is more important than ever, read the Washington Post column by Fareed Zakaria- his 2019 commencement address.
To be eligible to enroll in AmeriCorps, an individual must:
• Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national or a lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S. *
• Be at least 18 years old;
• Have a high school diploma or GED.
$18,000 (Full Time) -Paid by direct deposit every two weeks-Plus potential bonus upon successful completion
$9000 (Part Time)-Paid by direct deposit every two weeks
Segal Education Award
• To repay qualified student loans
• To pay for current costs of attendance
• To pay for expenses incurred in participating in an approved school to
Health Care Coverage
• For ALL members who do not have adequate health care coverage at the time of enrollment or who lose coverage due to participation in the program. (Worth approx $4000)
• For a member whose family is income eligible; the caregiver must be considered a legal provider in the state.
Length of Service
Full-time members 1700 hours of participation over 12 months
Part-time members 900 hours of participation over 12 months
Project CHANGE Montgomery offers some of the most exciting training opportunities for Members, with an internationally recognized faculty that includes Noa Baum ( storytelling), John Dold (Team Building) Lynn Feingold ( Coaching) Greg Robison.(Mindfulness) and Maria McElhenny ( Financial Literacy) Jean Freeman ( Improv and innovation). The whole program is built as an unfolding narrative and members will have a unique opportunity to learn the narrative design method and grow in their public speaking and communication skills.
Because the program is run by a team of educators experienced in international development, Project CHANGE does offer members who serve two years the chance to do an overseas service exchange in Ireland or the Middle East. Members have to fund this themselves, but with the program’s help, can tap into the alumni network of similar leadership programs in these regions of the world. In other words, Project CHANGE can add a mini Peace Corps experience to AmeriCorps.
Site coordinators are responsible for selecting the AmeriCorps Members who will serve in their programs. A member should be selected based on his/her application, interview, references and any additional materials as the program deems appropriate. Project CHANGE Montgomery seeks to provide equal access to its program, services, and activities for persons with disabilities. Please give 72 hours notice to arrange accommodations or request alternative formats.
Dates of Service
August 15th 2020-August 14th 2021
For a One Page Summary, including some of our partners, Click Here
Interested applicants should contact:
Paul Costello: email@example.com
Additional information available at www.AmeriCorps.gov
Here are the FORMS you need to fill out if you are serious about applying.
*Individuals who are in the U.S. under a student, work, or tourist visa are not eligible.