AmeriCorps is a national service program that involves people in "getting things done" in communities. AmeriCorps Members develop an ethic of service while strengthening local communities. The charge of individual AmeriCorps programs are determined by the local needs of communities with many focusing on education, human service and support needs, environmental quality, public health, or public safety.
Each year in Illinois, thousands of AmeriCorps Members give millions of dollars in service back to their communities. For up-to-date information on the impact on our state, visit
Serve Illinois administers 38 AmeriCorps*State programs in operation for the 2017-2018 program year and over 1,600 Members committing to a year of service. These Members serve 72 counties in over 400 host sites.
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Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
AmeriCorps Benefits the Community (ABC AmeriCorps) of Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC) is a community benefiting service, growing, changing and responding to the needs of 6 counties in northwest Illinois, by expanding the ability of schools and organizations to provide services addressing educational and human needs, thus improving the quality of life in the Sauk Valley.
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
1274 N 37th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62204
AmeriCorps East St. Louis/Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House (the Neighborhood House) is designed to improve the academic skills of the students in District 189 by all means possible. AmeriCorps East St. Louis is designed to address a broad range of community needs by addressing the following: 1) Education: understanding that children must obtain a good education, graduate from high school, and pursue post-secondary education programs; 2) Fighting Hunger: In the St. Clair County alone, research demonstrates that food insecurity leads to poor academic performance; therefore we seek alternatives by means of providing food through our food pantry to those in need--which is approximately 15,800 persons who live in extreme poverty throughout the county and 3) Building Capacity: in this focus area we are working to build character among Corps Members and youth in our community and aligning them on a positive trajectory to becoming self-sufficient while grooming our future leaders. In addition, our Corps Members are actively engaged in District 189 students’ academic assistance, also our Corps Members actively operate a food pantry in the community and complete a variety of other community service projects that will lead to positive and meaningful outcomes.
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
102 E. DeYoung Street, Suite B
Marion, IL 62959
Through the program, AmeriCorps members help returning citizens create their life plans and prepare for employment. AmeriCorps members also expand community awareness and involvement by contacting potential employers.
2838 W. Peterson
Chicago, IL 60640
Asian Human Services exists to provide quality, compassionate, and culturally competent services to low-income and immigrant and refugee communities in metropolitan Chicago. AmeriCorps members at AHS fill supportive roles in our Adult Education and Family Literacy Program (LEAF), Passages Charter School, Family Health Center, Community Health Program, and Employment Program. Members engage in a variety of activities to improve the clients’ education level, health, and employment situation, including teaching ESL and Basic Computer classes to adults, tutoring in After School programs, assisting in elementary school classrooms, presenting health education workshops, and assisting individuals create resumes and research job opportunities.
Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
Belleville AmeriCorps program, established in 1995, is a partnership between Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville School District #118, Belleville School District #175, the city of Belleville, Franklin Neighborhood Association, 17th Street Neighborhood Association. The program supports neighborhood and school initiatives that strengthen the community through service. AmeriCorps members serve as tutors, computer coaches, volunteer coordinators, mentors, and summer camp counselors. Through service, AmeriCorps members: increase youth academic success through tutoring; provide positive recreational and enrichment activities for youth after school and during the summer; recruit, support and train volunteers to serve organizations in the Belleville area; and develop leadership skills by participating in team-building and service learning activities.
1350 Old Skokie Valley Road, #205
Highland Park, IL 60035
Beyond Sports Foundation uses the power of sport to transform lives by turning athletic ability into life opportunity. Our student-athletes typically come from under-resourced families in under-served communities and will need financial assistance in order to attend college. Many of our student-athletes are from populations that are under-represented on college campuses. Beyond Sports Foundation prepares student-athletes to succeed in life through our four pillars of engagement: academic development, athletic development, social responsibility, and mentorship & professional development. AmeriCorps Members will provide: academic tutoring, mentoring, facilitate ACT/SAT test prep, implement a health and wellness program, lead professional development workshops, and offer athletic support. Members will also assist with financial literacy so that student-athletes and their families will be prepared to navigate the college scholarship process.
641 W. Lake St., #200
Chicago, IL 60641
Chicago HOPES for Kids was incorporated in 2010 to provide academic support for children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. Chicago HOPES for Kids will host 20 AmeriCorps members who will focus on services to children at homeless and domestic violence shelters, primarily on Chicago’s south and west sides. They will work to improve the children’s academic performance in literacy and math, while providing them with fun enrichment activities that focus on STEM, nutrition, culture, and art.
36 S. Wabash, Suite #1300
Chicago, IL 60603
City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year AmeriCorps members commit to a year of full-time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors and role models. Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year works in 25 cities across the United States and has international affiliates in London and Johannesburg, South Africa.
215 W. Superior Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
College Possible is a national nonprofit organization that helps low-income students earn admission to college, as well as earn their bachelor’s degrees. College Possible is successful due to its near-peer model, where our AmeriCorps members, who are recent college graduates, develop close mentoring relationships with students as role models. We hold high expectations for our team members, which carries over to high expectations in order for our students to attain success. We have partnered with five high schools in CPS, with high schools strategically choosing to bring our program as a resource to students in order to increase college access and persistence rates for those enrolled at their buildings. In our third year in Chicago, we are slated to support about 600 students at the high school and college level.
5100 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60644
First Defense Legal Aid (First Defense) will host 9 AmeriCorps members who will lead a peer-education Know Your Rights initiative with youth in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, IL. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for building a sustainable Know Your Rights youth education and outreach campaign. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 100 volunteers who will be engaged in conducting outreach and workshops and producing educational multimedia on what to do when stopped by police, how to follow the law, and the power of Constitutional rights.
3414 W Roosevelt Rd, #2
Chicago, IL 60624
Gardeneers is a non-profit that launched in 2014 as a way to give Chicago students in food desert communities equal access to healthy fruits and vegetables--and in the last three and a half years, we have been dedicated to putting Gardeneers at the forefront of school garden education in Chicago. The mission of Gardeneers is to empower students to connect with healthy food through experiential, garden-based education. Currently we are working with 26 schools in some of Chicago's most underserved neighborhoods, teaching and gardening with over 1,600 students on a weekly basis.
AmeriCorps Members will work in a full-time position alongside Gardeneers’ Garden Educators, teaching students hands-on garden based nutrition lessons, growing edible school gardens, and strengthening communities.
12N124 Coombs Rd
Elgin, IL 60124
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will host 19 AmeriCorps members who will deliver Girl Scout Leadership Experience programming and its developmental and academic benefits to underserved populations of girls in the cities of Aurora, Carpentersville, DeKalb, Elgin, Freeport, and Sterling, and areas in Boone County, McHenry County and Winnebago County. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for helping 850 girls develop a strong sense of self and improve academic engagement in both attitudes and behaviors, as well as identifying 20 new outof- school time outreach partners and sites. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 30 volunteers who will be engaged in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to underserved girls.
4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, is a non-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and programs in Cook County. AmeriCorps Members will fulfill four different roles addressing the root causes of hunger in our community. Members will work with the Food Depository’s SNAP (Food Stamp) outreach team to help pantry clients apply for and navigate the application process, work with the Food Depository’s Programs team to support children’s programs through Healthy Kids Markets, Kids Café and summer meal programs, participate in capacity-building initiatives at two pantries located at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Hines VA Hospital supporting the programs’ daily operations, and providing outreach to the Veteran community in Cook County about available resources.
1851 S. 9th Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
The mission of Housing Forward is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. Since 2009, AmeriCorps members have played an integral role in transitioning hundreds of persons from economic and housing crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. In the coming year, AmeriCorps members will directly 1.) reduce homelessness by improving access to services, employment counseling and housing opportunities in west Cook County, and 2.) improve linkage to nutritious food. Members will accomplish this by serving at Housing Forward, and on-site with two partner agencies (BEDS Plus Care and Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry). At the end of the grant period, it is anticipated that members will directly contribute to a measurable reduction in homelessness, hunger and poverty in the communities served.
Illinois Bar Foundation
20 South Clark Street, Suite 910
Chicago, IL 60603
Illinois JusticeCorps is an innovative program that enhances access to justice for the growing number of unrepresented people in the courts by empowering and training student volunteers who help people without lawyers navigate the court system by providing legal information and procedural guidance.
People coming to court without lawyers often do not know where to go, what to ask for or who to see for documents. They often are confused, intimidated and scared. JusticeCorps members serve as guides to make the courts more welcoming and less intimidating for people who are navigating this complex and daunting system. JusticeCorps assistance allows people to accomplish the purpose of their visit more efficiently. Members receive thorough training, including learning about the activities in the courthouse, available resources and the difference between legal information and advice.
Illinois Public Health Association
223 S. Third Street
Springfield, IL 62701
The mission of the Illinois Public Health Association AmeriCorps Program is to strengthen the field of public health through the development of skilled and committed leaders. It accomplishes this mission by having its’ members help meet locally identified needs at health agencies across the state through community service in the following focus areas: health promotion, education, and outreach; volunteer coordination; and assistance with community emergency preparedness.
Rend Lake College
468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy
Ina, IL 62846
(618) 437-5321 ext. 1351
The Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps Statewide program is part of the national service initiative signed into law by President Bill Clinton and administered through state governments. The Illinois Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism serves as the state’s lead agency to administer AmeriCorps. The Commission operates under the Illinois Department of Public Health. Through AmeriCorps, individuals of all ages and backgrounds address the state’s education, public safety, human, and environmental needs through service. Rend Lake College members provide literacy tutoring for pre-K through grade 8 students in local schools. In return, members receive a living allowance and education award to help finance their college education or vocational training, or pay back student loans after successful completion of service.
19 S. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60603
Founded in 2008, Leave No Veteran Behind invests in Veterans to build better communities through employment training, transitional jobs, and its Veteran educational debt relief scholarship. The organization proudly serves heroes who have served their country honorably and who seek to continue their service as assets in communities across America.
Through its AmeriCorps program, the organization will host 18 AmeriCorps members, comprised of Veterans and young adults, and create one-to-one Veteran-youth pairs, training them in the areas of Civilian Emergency Response Training (CERT), psychological first aid, CPR/First Aid, Peer Support, and the Fundamentals of Risk Management (FoRM). Members will work together in the community in a variety of safety capacities, and will engage with Cook County's and the City of Chicago's offices of emergency management to identify, assess, train, and connect community organizations to the city of Chicago’s safety and resiliency plan. This project not only fills employment gaps for two populations with notoriously high unemployment and underemployment rates, but also creates a pipeline for skilled workers who specialize in community engagement, risk management, and emergency management jobs.
East St. Louis Public Schools
1005 State Street
East St. Louis, IL 62201
85 AmeriCorps members will provide academic support and in- and out-of-school summer services to children in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. AmeriCorps members will also recruit volunteers to serve as mentors and career coaches. In addition, six AmeriCorps VISTA members will implement a city-wide College and Career Pathways program, focused on improving academic achievement and college and career planning. A team of 20 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) will participate in a program that will include academic, recreation, and service learning projects for three months over the summer.
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle, 503 Currens Hall
Macomb, IL 61455
The Peace Corps Prep Program is essentially a pre-professional corps of rural community and economic developers. The program recruits recently returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) into a two-year graduate program at WIU. Fellows receive specialized training in community and economic development during the first year in the program, in order to prepare them for an eleven-month, community-based internship and full-time AmeriCorps assignment the second year of the program. During their AmeriCorps service, Fellows lead community and economic development projects and are responsible for mobilizing local volunteers to assist with the implementation of projects such as: downtown revitalization, business retention and expansion, entrepreneurship development, tourism development, community housing, health education and outreach, volunteer management, and organizational capacity building.
City of Peoria
456 Fulton Street, Suite 420B
Peoria, IL 61602
Crews of 10 participants each serve 24-week terms of service and will gain experience and skills that prepare them to pursue career pathways in the construction trades, conservation and related fields. Participants receive the necessary support to complete the program successfully and continue into full-time employment or full-time, post-secondary education or training after graduating from PeoriaCorps.
University of Illinois - Chicago
1640 Roosevelt Rd, RM 646
Chicago, IL 60607
Project MORE focuses on economic opportunity by providing critically needed support services for Head Start parents. Through a research-based curriculum and adult education services, MORE is committed to developing lifelong learning and economic self-sufficiency for Head Start and child care families. MORE provides: tutoring for parents in GED, English as a Second Language classes, employment readiness, as well as financial literacy workshops. In addition, MORE members provide Volunteer Management training to Head Start staff. The program helps AmeriCorps members gain the knowledge and skills to successfully work with families, increase access to resources for families and professionals, recruit volunteers and community members to sustain MORE for families accomplishments.
Northwestern University Settlement Association
1012 N. Noble Street
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 278-7471, Ext. 1178
Project YES! connects caring adults with youth in and around the West Town Community. Members will be assigned to one site for the program year to have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with students and teachers. While at the site members will be partnered with classroom teachers to assist in all aspects of the academic curriculum. Members will also implement after-school programming based on the needs of the school. Regular training sessions will help members to better serve their schools and community, and give the members the opportunity to plan quality service events. Trainings will include: classroom management, community awareness, planning effective volunteer projects, and civic engagement. Project YES! is a team based corporative environment that encourages members to work together to increase understanding in the schools as well as increasing volunteerism in the community.
Public Allies Inc.
180 N. Michigan, Suite 1016
Chicago, IL 60601
For 23 years, Public Allies’ signature AmeriCorps program has been a vital bridge to employment and education opportunities for our AmeriCorps Allies. We are a leadership development organization that recruits diverse young adults with a passion for community service and places them into intensive non-profit apprenticeships. With AmeriCorps, Public Allies provides capacity building to roughly 40 community based agencies that are working to improve education, economic development, and community safety. Our model utilizes hands on experience, community building, and leadership development training to give our Members a well-rounded non-profit experience. We focus on recruiting Members from the Chicago region and each year work to build a cohort that represents the diversity of our great city. The apprenticeships are as diverse in responsibility as the Allies that fill them. Members play vital roles in project management, community outreach, and program support for non-profits, schools, and government agencies.
Our Allies also complete a separate Team Service Project during their term of service that is focused on collaborating with a local non-profit to deliver a specific result. This service project allows Allies to apply their learning, solve problems in a team-based setting, and expand their experience and networks into multiple communities around Chicago. Each Ally is assigned a Program Manager to ensure their development and performance objectives stay on track throughout the year. Ally apprenticeships traditionally lay the groundwork for a lifetime of service – over 80% of our alumni move on into careers in non-profit and government work.
“If you can do it by yourself, it’s not big enough.” Our organization was founded on the idea that our nation is stronger when we harness the ingenuity and can-do spirit of entire communities -- when everyone leads. We know that to successfully improve outcomes for our Allies, our community partner organizations, and our communities, we need strong and healthy partnerships! Join us as we expand the power of national service!
1 North State Street, 6M
Chicago, IL 60602
Relay Graduate School of Education will have 30 AmeriCorps Members who will participate in the innovative teacher residency program, the Relay Teaching Residency Chicago (RTRC), in Chicago, IL. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps Members will be prepared and certified to serve as full-time teachers of record and the K-12 students they teach will demonstrate improved academic performance. In addition, the AmeriCorps Members will leverage an additional 30 volunteers, who will be engaged in mentoring members, helping build capacity for new teacher preparation across service sites, and supporting members' community- and school-based service.
3710 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
AmeriCorps members will support and augment an already robust youth prevention team. The program's focus is reducing the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs among youth in the Chicago community areas of Avondale, Irving Park, and Albany Park, in addition to the City of Waukegan in Lake County. AmeriCorps members will be tasked with supporting efforts to implement evidence-based drug prevention curricula in our neighborhood schools, providing outreach and recruitment for youth involvement in a number of diversion activities, and organizing a number of community events.
YMCA of Rock River Valley
200 Y Boulevard
Rockford, IL 61107
The YMCA of Rock River Valley will utilize AmeriCorps members to address educational and wellness needs in underserved populations/neighborhoods of the greater Rockford area. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving the health and nutritional habits of at-risk and underserved youth, teens and seniors; help to minimize the achievement gap in school performance between students of various income levels; develop positive programming through a partnership between the Rockford community, the YMCA and the Northwest Community Center. In addition. AmeriCorps members will leverage volunteers that will be engaged in tutoring, mentoring and providing AmeriCorps members with program and logistical support.
American Red Cross - Chicago
2200 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60612
Safe Families AmeriCorps members will serve to organize community members across Illinois in making their cities, schools, organizations and households more resilient to emergencies. The member’s primary responsibility will be to teach, coordinate and lead emergency preparedness, planning and recovery activities in their assigned territories in support of the American Red Cross.
Schuler Family Foundation
100 N Field Dr Ste 360
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Since 2001, the Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) has helped over 840 Lake and Cook County students prepare for, attend and graduate from the most selective colleges and universities in the United States. The SSP works with motivated yet underserved students beginning in the summer after 8th grade and continues to support them with professional development and personal growth opportunities throughout college and after graduation. Schuler Scholars come from populations that are under-represented on college campuses: Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, are students of color or come from low-income families and communities.
Springfield Urban League, Inc.
100 N. 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62704
The Springfield Urban League’s AmeriCorps Program is designed to engage AmeriCorps members in direct service and capacity-building to address unmet needs. Activities may include tutoring and mentoring youth, assisting disaster victims, helping with community gardens, assisting with the organization of community programs (i.e. job preparedness, healthy lifestyles, financial literacy, etc.) and also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organizations where they serve.
300 W. Adams Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 254-1000 ext. 19259
Teach For America helps eliminate the academic opportunity gap by recruiting, selecting, preparing, supporting and developing the leadership talent committed to ending education inequity in our community. Teach For America corps members (first- and second-year teachers) are path-changing teachers. After their initial two-year commitment, alumni are life-long leaders and advocates for fundamental change in education, with the majority continuing their careers as veteran teachers, school leaders, or leaders within education reform organizations.
333 South Wabash Ave, 30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 906-2490 x2242
The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago will host 12 AmeriCorps Members who will design and conduct a variety of community engagement programs and provide direct services in ten Chicago area economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps Members will be responsible for outcomes in school readiness, improved academic performance in literacy and math, engagement of youth in after-school physical recreation, and improved employment and financial literacy. AmeriCorps Members will leverage an additional 40 ongoing volunteers who will help to plan and staff activities and events. This program targets the CNCS focus areas of Education, Economic Opportunity, Healthy Futures and Multi-Focus Intermediaries.
1644 N. Honore, Suite 209
Chicago, IL 60622
Up2Us Sports is a coalition of more than 1,200 nonprofit organizations that believe in the power of sports to fight childhood obesity, end academic failure, and reduce gang participation. Up2Us Sports’ flagship program is Coach Across America (CAA), identifies, trains and supports the nation’s best and brightest role models to serve as coach mentors and bring sports-based youth development to the most underserved communities. Our Coaches receive 40 hours of training in youth development and mentoring strategies-including sports-based youth development (SBYD) foundation, the brain and trauma, behavior management and culture-to help them cultivate caring, trust-based relationships with youth, and to foster SBYD outcomes. CAA coaches understand that every program session, practice or game is a chance to positively impact a child’s future. A year of service through CAA provides our Coaches with skills that help them succeed in future career opportunities where many alumni of the program pursue careers in sports-based youth development or higher educational opportunities.
Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
641 West Lake Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661
Thirty-one AmeriCorps members (22.12 MSYs) will leverage 500 volunteers to provide increased economic and educational opportunities to two underserved populations – low literate economically disadvantaged adults residing in various communities in the greater Chicago area and teens incarcerated in the Illinois Youth Centers. Through the members and the volunteers they recruit, it is anticipated that 1400 low literate economically disadvantaged adults will receive one-to-one, small group or classroom instruction in basic literacy skills, ESL, or GED preparation and another 250 will receive job search assistance. Among the incarcerated youth, 300 will receive individualized tutorial instruction in math, reading and GED preparation.
Western Illinois University
3300 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 764-2400 ext. 62305
AmeriCorps members will be expanding and improving literacy skills for children at risk for failure, as well as under-served young children in the Quad Cities area. Greater literacy skills in early childhood have a direct impact on a person's future success in school.
Youth & Opportunity United
1911 Church Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Y.O.U.’s “Y.O.U.th Serve” AmeriCorps members deliver high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs in eight locations (three elementary schools, four middle schools and one high school) in Evanston and Skokie, Illinois. Our Y.O.U.th Serve members provide youth with tutoring and enrichment activities that improve their academic, social, and emotional skills.
1 N. LaSalle Street Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Members provide support for two programs directly impacting at-risk students at 18 Chicago public elementary and high schools. Twenty members will act as Sports Mentors for the Becoming a Man (BAM) program in at least 10 Chicago public high schools and 20 members will extend after school enrichment programming at eight Chicago public elementary schools as part of Youth Guidance's Community and After School Programs (CAP).
1020 W Greenwood Ave
Waukegan, IL 60087
Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a community based organization in Waukegan, IL that utilizes education, job skills training, and community service to develop productive citizens. For the Serve Illinois AmeriCorps program, YCC has formed local partnerships with Waukegan to College and Waukegan School District 60 to promote student retention, academic success, college readiness, and career pathways. This program will reach in school youth in grades 5-12 and out of school youth up to age 24.
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