Illinois AmeriCorps*State Programs

​​ Americorps IllinoisAmeriCorps 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 4 AmeriCorps*State programs in operation for the 2018-2019 program year and over 1,800 Mem​bers committing to a year of service. These Members serve 70+ counties in over 400 host sites.

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AmeriCorps*State Programs

Academy for Urban School Leadership

3400 N. Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634-0990
Phone: (847) 951-5563

Seventy AmeriCorps Members will serve as teacher residents in one of thirty-one schools with the ultimate goal of dramatically improving student achievement in high-poverty neighborhoods in Chicago. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for teaching children in Chicago Public Schools classrooms where they are needed the most. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 35 volunteers who will be engaged in mentor teaching to the AmeriCorps Members.

Sauk Valley Community College
AmeriCorps Benefits the Community (ABC)

Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
Phone: (815) 838-6313

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
AmeriCorps/East St. Louis

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
1274 N 37th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62204
Phone: (618) 271-2522

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
AmeriCorps Prisoner and Family Ministries – LSSI

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
102 E. DeYoung Street, Suite B
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 997-9076

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.

Asian Human Services  AmeriCorps Project
Asian Human Services AmeriCorps Project

2838 W. Peterson
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 564-4956

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 hands-on, supportive roles at the Literacy Education for Adults and Families (LEAF) Program, Passages Charter School, Mental Health, and Employment Program. Members engage in a variety of activities to improve education, health, and employment opportunities for our clients, including: teaching English to adults; instructing school-age ELL children; supporting early childhood classrooms; facilitating community support group workshops; and helping individuals create resumes and research job opportunities.

Southwestern  Illinois College
Belleville AmeriCorps

Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
Phone: (618) 235-2700

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.

Beyond Sports
Beyond Sports Foundation

1350 Old Skokie Road, #205
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 748-8190

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.

Cahokia Unit School District #187

1700 Jerome Lane
Cahokia, IL 62206
Phone: (618) 332-4721

28 AmeriCorps member will provide educational services in Cahokia Unit School District 187 which serves students from the villages of Cahokia, Alorton, Centreville, and Sauget in St. Clair County, IL. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing support and services to at-risk students to help them improve academically and socially. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 15 volunteers who will be engaged in helping them host socially engaging family and community events.

Chicago HOPES for Kids
Chicago HOPES for Kids

641 W. Lake St., #200
Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: (312) 690-4240

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.

City of Springfield
City of Springfield

800 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701

Sixteen AmeriCorps Members will oversee an after school program designed to expose disadvantaged students to the future technology economy, entrepreneurship, and the business world in three to four locations across Springfield, Illinois' east side. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for assessing the educational impact of the curriculum provided to program participants. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage twelve community volunteers who will be engaged in making presentations on various topics related to the subjects mentioned above.

City  Year of Chicago
City Year of Chicago

36 S. Wabash, Suite #1300
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (773) 443-4799

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.

College Possible
College Possible

215 W. Superior Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 638-3501

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.

Comprehensive Care Program UofC
University of Chicago

5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Mail Code 5000
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-4401

The Comprehensive Care, Community and Culture Program (C4P) aims to improve the overall health and well-being of patients in the program by addressing a wide range of both medical and social needs. The C4P program builds off of the Comprehensive Care Physician Program, which offers patients at high risk of hospitalization a comprehensive care physician (CCP) who cares for them in both the hospital and the clinic. In addition to receiving care from a CCP, C4P patients are regularly asked about a range of unmet social needs and are given access to a community health worker and community-based arts and culture programming. C4P is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is being studied as a randomized trial at the University of Chicago.

Ten AmeriCorps members based at University of Chicago and Ingalls Memorial Hospital will: 1) recruit Medicare patients of diverse ages who are at increased risk of hospitalization for a program designed to serve their medical and social needs, 2) assess patients for unmet social needs, 3) directly serve these patients as community resources specialists and through the implementation of community-based arts and culture programming, and 4) help evaluate the effects of the program in the South Side of Chicago and adjacent Thornton Township. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for extending the reach of the C4P model which impacts patient experience with care, improves health outcomes, lowers hospitalization rates, and resolves unmet social needs for this population. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 30 volunteers who will be engaged in recruiting participants, helping to address participants’ unmet medical and social needs, and collecting and analyzing outcomes data.

East Aurora
East Aurora School District 131

417 Fifth Street
Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: (630) 299-7278

East Aurora School District’s STEAM and Wellness program will host up to 37 AmeriCorps members who will provide STEAM academic support and/or wellness support to over 14,000 Kindergarten to high school students. EASD 131’s program focuses on two new district-lead, school-based initiatives. The first program is our three-year plan to convert five elementary schools to STEM/STEAM schools. Americorps’ members will provide additional enrichment activities in one or more of the following areas: science, technology, engineering, art, or math. The second initiative is a multi-pronged wellness program that will include Americorps’ members leading a variety of health-related activities, such as: walking school bus, active play, garden program, nutritional program, Be Healthy Challenge, after-school and summer enrichment programs.

First Defence Legal Aid
First Defense Legal Aid

5100 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60644
Phone: (773) 354-8581

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
Phone: (847) 421-7074

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 four 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 2,300 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.

Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

353 Randall Rd
South Elgin, IL 60177
Phone: (844) 476-4463

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will host 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. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois develops independent, confident girls by offering a variety of customizable experiences with opportunities to learn valuable life skills and try new things, all while cultivating the character to make a difference in the world. The AmeriCorps members will be responsible for helping girls develop a strong sense of self and improve academic engagement in both attitudes and behaviors, as well as building relationships with out-of-school time outreach partners and sites. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional volunteers who will be engaged in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to underserved girls.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Greater Chicago Food Depository

4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (773) 843-6801

The Food Depository’s Hunger Action Corps is a multifaceted AmeriCorps program that engages and cultivates social justice leaders who want to gain experience fighting hunger. Through a combination of service, experiential learning and formal training opportunities, Hunger Action Corps members make a difference in the lives of Cook County residents while gaining valuable skills that will transform their own.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Cook County’s food bank. We provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Working with a network of more than 700 partner agencies and programs including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, we distribute 164,000 meals every day. While food distribution is central to our mission, we also develop programs that address the root causes of hunger for people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Housing Forward
Housing Forward

1851 S. 9th Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: (708) 338-1724

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.

Campus Compact
Illinois Campus Compact

14 E. Jackson, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 362-1271

Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC) advances the public purpose of higher education by cultivating civic skills and learning, integrating community engagement with teaching and research, and building campus-community partnerships throughout Illinois. The ILCC Service Corps program will engage college students who identify as low-income, first-generation, veteran, or another underserved population in service across the state of Illinois in an effort to increase retention and graduation rates through community engagement and an education award.”

Illinois JusticCorps
Illinois JusticeCorps

Illinois Bar Foundation
20 South Clark Street, Suite 910
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 726-6072

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
IPHA AmeriCorps Program

Illinois Public Health Association
223 S. Third Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (217) 522-5687

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
Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps

Rend Lake College
468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy
Ina, IL 62846
Phone: (618) 437-5321 ext. 1351

The Land of Lincoln/Southern 7 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, human, and environmental needs through service. Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps members provide literacy tutoring for pre-K through grade 8 students in local schools. Southern 7 AmeriCorps members serve with environmental agencies to help educate their community about environmental stewardship as well as maintain and restoring wild areas in Southern Illinois. Southern 7 members also serve in non-for profit agency’s to help those in their community who are struggling with homelessness and poverty. 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.

Leave No Veteran Behind
Leave No Veteran Behind

19 S. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 485-3617

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.

Mercy Home
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

1140 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Phone: (312) 738-7560

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has served kids in crisis in Chicago since 1887. From our humble beginnings as a shelter for homeless boys, Mercy Home has developed into a holistic home that addresses not only the basic needs of our young men and women, but also their therapeutic, behavioral, and academic needs. Mercy Home’s 12 AmeriCorps members will ensure that our boys and girls receive a safe place to live, educational resources, medical and psychological care, and valuable life skills to help them live independently, find and keep gainful employment and develop healthy relationships.

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus

233 S Wacker Dr, Ste 800
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 201-4506

Eight AmeriCorps Members will provide assistance for these sustainability projects: Develop a business outreach program to help them address energy conservation and waste reduction for cost savings and sustainability; implement recommendations of the SWALCO 60 Percent Recycling Task Force; engage the public in waste diversion and recycling; reduce public facility energy use; coordinate sustainability initiatives, develop sustainability plans aligned with GRC2, track progress; complete reporting for the STAR community rating index; convene and support 26 southland communities in sustainable actions; conduct tree assessments and surveys; restore landscapes of at-risk ecosystems; and support volunteer citizen commissions: in the communities of Evanston, Grayslake, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Libertyville, Park Forest, Round Lake Beach and South Barrington. The South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium will host a member at one of its member high education institutions in the southland region of Chicago.

At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving municipal waste and recycling efficiency and effectiveness; informing municipal decision-making based on waste reduction data; improving management of the urban forest through knowledge and data about community trees; creating strategic sustainability plans and programs that are measured and improve quality of life for the community; and increasing organizations¿ capacity to meet community needs aligned with the Greenest Region Compact goals In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage volunteer support from 40 citizen commissioners and 100 community volunteers who will be engaged in creating sustainability plans and guiding actions, providing assistance tracking waste and recycling data, educating and engaging other community members; assisting with special sustainability-focused events; and landscape restoration work.

East St. Louis School District 189
Operation AmeriCorps-East St. Louis

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.

Peace Corps Logo
Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development

Western Illinois University
1 University Circle, 503 Currens Hall
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-2706

The Peace Corps Fellows / AmeriCorps Program at Western Illinois University is a two-year graduate fellowship program for returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs). The program is managed through the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) and offers RPCVs an opportunity to pursue graduate studies with an emphasis on rural community development while serving as AmeriCorps members. Our members lead local development projects, such as: downtown revitalization, business retention and expansion, tourism development, health education, volunteer management, and disaster preparedness. They work to build local capacity, mobilize people, and make sustainable progress.


City of Peoria
456 Fulton Street, Suite 420B
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 494-8561

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.

MORE: Making  Opportunities for Reading Enrichment
Project MORE: Making Opportunities for Reading Enrichment

University of Illinois - Chicago
1640 Roosevelt Rd, RM 646
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 355-4227

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
Project YES! (Youth, Education, Service)

Northwestern University Settlement Association
1012 N. Noble Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (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  Chicago
Public Allies Chicago

Public Allies Inc.
180 N. Michigan, Suite 1016
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 422-7777

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!

Relay Graduate School of Education
Relay Graduate School of Education

2911 W. 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (678) 783-3811

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 lead teachers 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.

Rockford YMCA
Rockford Service Corps

YMCA of Rock River Valley
200 Y Boulevard
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: (815) 489-1133

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
Safe Families AmeriCorps Program

American Red Cross - Chicago
2200 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 485-7379

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
Schuler Scholar Program

Schuler Family Foundation
100 N Field Dr Ste 360
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: (224) 880-1220

The Schuler Scholar Program equips high-achieving and underrepresented students to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, are students of color, or come from low-income families. We believe that high-achieving, under-represented students will be successful in obtaining a degree from a top college if they are motivated, have access to academic and enrichment programs while in high school, are well-informed of college options, receive support from a wide network, and secure financial assistance.

Severson Dells Nature Center
Severson Dells Nature Center

8786 Montague Rd.
Rockford, IL 61102
Phone: (815) 335-2915

AmeriCorps Members will assist in restoring habitat on public lands and provide environmental education in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Dekalb counties. This effort is in partnership with the Natural Land Institute, Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, Boone County Conservation District, Byron Forest Preserves and Dekalb County Forest Preserve District. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for restoration, seed collection and propagation across hundreds of acres in Northern Illinois and providing environmental education opportunities for 5,000 children in Northern Illinois. In addition, the AmeriCorp members will leverage 550 volunteers who will be engaged in invasive plant removal, seed collection and teaching environmental education.

Springfield  Urban League, Inc.
Springfield Urban League AmeriCorps

Springfield Urban League, Inc.
100 N. 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 544-0873

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.

SUD Allies

180 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 629-2988 ext. 118

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Allies responds to the critical need for substance use disorder services by providing essential supports in prevention, treatment, and recovery agencies throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County. Administered by Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC), SUD Allies increase resources to combat substance use disorder for individuals, families, and communities. AmeriCorps members engage clients, youth, and providers through a variety of comprehensive services, including but not limited to, case management, health insurance enrollment assistance, prevention education, and anti-stigma education. PHIMC provides the members with the training and professional development necessary to successfully enter the public health workforce.

Teach for  America
Teach for America

300 W. Adams Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 254-1000 ext. 19259

Teach For America is a network of leaders transforming the education landscape in Chicago in order to ensure that one day all students have access to an excellent education. We recruit and develop promising young leaders to teach in low-income schools for at least two years, then support their impact throughout their career, both within and outside of the education system. By 2020, our network of teachers, school leaders and advocates will impact one-third of the population of public schools in Chicago.”

Triton College
Triton College AmeriCorps

2000 Fifth Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone: (708) 456-0300 ext. 3414

Triton College AmeriCorps provides support, and facilitates access, to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged students, especially men of color, and improve school readiness for economically disadvantaged students in Community College District 504. Utilizing a coaching and mentoring model, Triton College AmeriCorps seeks to improve educational and career outcomes for high risk student populations. Triton College AmeriCorps provides support to programming that focus on mentoring and coaching including the Peer Mentoring Collaborative, Triton Employees as Mentors (TEAM) program, Triton Undergraduate Men Pursuing Higher Education (TRIUMPH) and Sisterhood of Undergraduate Representing Great Excellence (SURGE). Collectively, these programs work to improve outcomes for all students with a specific focus on low-income, first generation college students from a minority background.

United Way
United Way of Metro Chicago

333 South Wabash Ave, 30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (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 health education, 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.

Up2Us - Coach Across America in Illinois

Up2Us Sports
1644 N. Honore, Suite 209
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 938-1248

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
VOCAL AmeriCorps (Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy)

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
641 West Lake Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 857-1582

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois (LVI) is a statewide organization committed to developing and supporting volunteer literacy programs that help families, adults and out-of-school teens increase their literary skills. Since its founding in 1983, largely through the efforts of a VISTA volunteer, national service has been an important part of LVI’s programming and has contributed enormously to the development of the adult literacy field throughout Illinois.

LVI’s current program – VOCAL – has 42 AmeriCorps members serving in various community and faith-based agencies statewide as well as in the alternative schools in the Illinois Youth Centers. VOCAL members in those programs serve as tutors, tutor recruiters, mentors and job search coaches, and are also involved with community outreach, program planning, and social and volunteer engagement activities. As a result of their service, the VOCAL members and the 600 volunteers they will recruit in the coming year will increase the literacy skills of 2,100 low literate adults, the employability skills of 500 economically-disadvantaged adults, and the proficiency levels of 300 incarcerated youth. Additionally, as a pilot project with the Sunshine Community Services Center in Kewanee, VOCAL members will also offer after-school programming for 150 at-risk youth and social service referral for 40 veteran and military families.

Youth & Opportunity United Serve Evanston and Skokie

Youth & Opportunity United
1911 Church Street​
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 866-1200M

Y.O.U.’s “ 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 Serve members provide youth with tutoring and enrichment activities that improve their academic, social, and emotional skills.

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