Are you looking for opportunities after graduation to build your skill set and serve your community? There are dozens of opportunities to participate in year-long service programs locally, nationally and abroad. Check out some of the options.
Local Service Programs
American Red Cross – National Red Cross Corps
The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Learn more about how you can get involved on the Red Cross website.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Boys Hope Girls Hope believes in children: their ability to overcome their circumstances; their ability to become more than they ever dreamed of; and that they can then give hope to countless others. By providing children with arms-around care, safe homes and environments, a first-class education, opportunities to learn, and academic, financial, and spiritual support through college, Boys Hope Girls Hope empowers children to realize the potential that is within them. Learn more about long-term volunteer opportunities on the Boys Hope Girls Hope website.
Christian Appalachian Project
Christian Appalachian Project is seeking AmeriCorps members to join us in our mission of building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ's love through service in Appalachia. Volunteers serve people in need in Eastern Kentucky through a variety of programs including home repair, early childhood education, hunger relief, elderly services, crisis assistance and more. Learn about long-term volunteering with Christian Appalachian Project.
Cincinnati Zoo Unto Others — AmeriCorps Community Service Program
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (CZBG) and AmeriCorps have partnered to bring fun, science-based educational opportunities to students in Cincinnati who need it the most and to challenge our community to do more to conserve resources and wildlife. Learn more on the Cincinnati Zoo's website.
City Year — Midwest Region Team
City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit AmeriCorps organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. In Columbus, Cleveland, and 28 urban locations across the United States, teams of highly-trained corps members serve full-time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models. Learn more about City Year on their website and find out more about the job description, benefits, and application process by downloading this PDF.
CYC AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides Program
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative’s AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides Program places 10 recent college graduates in Cincinnati Public High Schools. College Guides offer students in grades 7-12 a near-peer mentoring model, to assist with college exploration, goals, and enrollment. College Guides help to bridge the gap between high school and college for many Cincinnati Public School students. Learn more about the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative on their website.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC) AmeriCorps
Habitat for Humanity helps homeowners achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through homeownership. HFHGC AmeriCorps team members perform skilled construction labor and lead volunteers in the construction and rehab of Habitat homes. Through hands-on experience and focused training, AmeriCorps members ensure that families have a decent place to live, within a supportive and strong learning atmosphere, with volunteers and Habitat staff. Learn more on the Habitat for Humanity website.
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IndyTeach is a year-long paid Apprenticeship operated through Christel House Schools in Indianapolis. The program is designed to take talented college graduates and supply them with the skills and training to become licensed teachers in urban education settings. Through the mentorship model, Apprentices work alongside highly skilled teachers and gradually take on the responsibilities of teaching throughout an academic year. Upon completion of the year and program requirements, Apprentices attain an Indiana State Teaching License without the need to return to a university. Through weekly professional development, regular coaching, and daily mentoring, Apprentices gain the skills to become quality educators through hands-on field experience in an urban setting. IndyTeach is designed to remove the financial barriers associated with becoming a teacher in order to draw on a broader population, and is therefore tuition free, paid, and fully benefited. Because of this, the apprenticeship is extremely competitive and only accepts 10 Apprentices per year. Learn more and apply on the IndyTeach website.
Kentucky Campus Compact
Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC) supports civic engagement and democratic renewal through its diverse network of Kentucky colleges and universities. KyCC supports the distinctive civic work of each member campus, while also striving to enhance collaboration, learning, and collective impact across our coalition. KyCC AmeriCorps members combat poverty and build capacity in Kentucky high schools, member campuses, and nonprofit organizations. Learn more on the Kentucky Campus Compact website.
LISC AmeriCorps members help create economic opportunity for people who are struggling and improve the quality of life in their communities. LISC Greater Cincinnati AmeriCorps supports organizations to support and develop initiatives for comprehensive community development, increase collaborative efforts of partners in targeted neighborhoods and engage in innovative approaches to working with residents to solve community problems. Learn more on the LISC Great Cincinnati AmeriCorps website.
Mercy Serves AmeriCorps Program
Mercy Health’s Mercy Serves AmeriCorps program is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in Ohio. Mercy Serves members provide education, treatment placement, and emotional support to Emergency Department (ED) patients with substance use disorders working alongside nurses, providers, and counselors to ensure that any patient who is ready for treatment receives the necessary resources for recovery. Members serve across Mercy Health EDs throughout Ohio to be the link between healthcare & ED encounters and treatment & social services. Contact Lainie Kast at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
NEOMED Corps for Rural Success and Health (CRuSH)
NEOMED CRuSH AmeriCorps members establish and deliver Health Professions Affinity Community service-learning based curriculum, working in school districts that lack the resources to provide necessary academic and career support for students to obtain a career in the health care industry. Members serve in their current geographical location. Service Sites include rural and urban schools across Northeast Ohio, and the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Marietta regions. Learn more on the MEOMED CRuSH website.
Notre Dame AmeriCorps — Cincinnati
Notre Dame-AmeriCorps, believes that education is the fundamental tool in the struggle of the poor for human dignity, self-esteem, and self-determination. At Notre Dame Mission Volunteers, we seek to build community among our members, as well as the people with whom we serve. Volunteers serve full-time for 11 months. A local site director supports members. Learn more on the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers Website.
Public Allies Cincinnati
Public Allies is a national movement whose mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. We are changing the face and the practice of leadership by cultivating talented, diverse, “home-grown” leaders and preparing them for lives and careers devoted to social change. Allies receive a full-time 10-month apprenticeship at a local nonprofit, professional development, and implementation of a community-based project. Learn more on the Public Allies website.
Santa Maria AmeriCorps
Project Advance, a program of Santa Maria Community Services, strengthens Ohio communities like Greater Price Hill through service and volunteerism. Project Advance AmeriCorps selects 16 members to serve 11 month direct service terms at programs within Santa Maria and our partner organizations, including the Cincinnati Health Department, Healthy Moms and Babes, Lighthouse Youth Services, Freestore Foodbank and The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati. Learn more on the Santa Maria website.
Teach For America — Southwest Ohio
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment. Learn more on the Teach for America website.
Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati
VVC invites young adults in their 20s into a space of intentional community living and social justice formation, and growing in faith and spirituality through service to our neighbors in need in Cincinnati, primarily in the form of emergency assistance for basic needs such as food, medicine, rent and utilities. Each service year runs late August through late July. Service placement descriptions, FAQs and the application can be found on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati’s website.
National Service Programs
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps)
AmeriCorps NCCC is an AmeriCorps program that engages 18 to 24 year-olds in team-based national and community service in the United States. NCCC teams complete about four different six- to eight-week-long projects during their 10-month term of service. Each team is made up of eight to twelve Corps Members and one Team Leader. Approximately 1,200 Corps Members and Team Leaders are chosen annually. Learn more on the AmeriCorps NCCC website.
AmeriCorps NCCC — FEMA Corps
FEMA Corps is structurally based on the traditional model of AmeriCorps NCCC; however its members serve solely on disaster preparation and recovery assignments through FEMA. Like their NCCC counterparts, members complete several long terms projects in the states surrounding the five regional campuses. Learn more about FEMA Corps on the AmeriCorps NCCC website.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America)
VISTA is a national service program to fight poverty in America; VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve in some of our nation's poorest urban and rural areas as they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. Learn more on the AmeriCorps VISTA website.
California Conservation Corps
The California Conservation Corps puts together young people and the environment, to the benefit of both. Corps members sign up for a year of working outdoors to improve California's natural resources and assist with emergency response. The CCC, modeled after the original Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, is the oldest and largest conservation corps now in operation. Learn more about the California Conservation Corps.
The Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship is a paid AmeriCorps national service opportunity for individuals dedicated to directly impacting the futures of middle school students in low-income communities across America. National Teaching Fellows (TFs) lead middleschoolers during extended day programming, bringing hands-on learning and real-world application to academic subjects. TFs in their second year can participate in a residency program operated by one of three university partners to obtain teacher certification. Learn more about the Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship.
College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of support. College Possible AmeriCorps members support students on their ACT/SAT tests and college applications, help students transition into college life, build partnerships with local high schools, and assist with external relations, development, and program initiatitives. Learn more about College Possible AmeriCorps.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
First's mission is to engage kids in kindergarten through high school in mentor-based research and robotics programs that help them become STEM leaders. The VISTA program at FIRST strives to match members to our field structure in support of underserved communities. The FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA work in lower socio-economic communities, rural areas, and areas that have low access to STEM initiatives. VISTAs work with site supervisors and teams to build the capacity of FIRST by focusing on impacting underserved and underrepresented populations. Learn more about FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA.
Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school. Serving alongside educators and community leaders, FoodCorps members partner with schools to put in place a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids, creating a nourishing environment for all students. Our service members provide: Knowledge (food and nutrition education), Engagement (hands on activities like cooking and gardening), and Access (lunch of nutritious foods). Learn more about FoodCorps.
Green Corps is an environmental organization that trains recent college graduates in a one-year post-graduate program on grassroots community organizing. During the program, Green Corps organizers learn in the classroom and are deployed in the field to work on campaigns. By working with several different campaign partners, organizers experience a diversity of issues, tactics and organizations. Green Corps organizers travel to different cities for campaigns, allowing them to work with different communities. Learn more about Green Corps.
Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps
Habitat is devoted to building simple, decent, and affordable housing all over the world. Through full-time service opportunities in communities across the United States, Habitat AmeriCorps program members help homeowners achieve strength, stability and independence through shelter. Habitat AmeriCorps members can serve in leadership roles on active build sites or in local Habitat offices, assisting homeowners, volunteers and staff. Learn more about Habita for Humanity AmeriCorps.
Idealist is all about connecting idealists — people who want to do good — with opportunities for action and collaboration. With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world. Search the website for both careers and volunteer opportunities in your area and around the world. See opportunities on the Idealist website.
National Health Corps
National Health Corps connects people with health education and services today, while developing tomorrow's compassionate health leaders. During their term of service, members work to provide health education, connect patients to health care resources and benefits, administer health screenings, work as case managers with patients and family members, and conduct community outreach programs. Learn more about National Health Corps.
The Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them. Learn more about Peace Corps.
Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children's social and emotional health. As a Playworks corps member, you will be trained and placed at an urban elementary school to bring healthy play and physical activity programming to the schoolyard. Members teach and organize safe and inclusive games, before, during, and after school, while working to generate more community and family involvement at their school site. Learn more about Playworks.
Together with schools, Reading Partners focuses on students who are behind in reading, harnessing the power of community volunteers to provide individualized instruction to help them master the reading fundamentals they need to reach grade level. Reading Partners AmeriCorps members get things done, and are critical to our success as an organization. Be it leading the day-to-day operations of our reading centers, recruiting volunteers, or coaching volunteer tutors, our AmeriCorps members make an impact on the students we serve. Learn more about Reading Partners.
Rebuilding Together (RT)
We are a national U.S. nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing free home repairs and modifications to low-income homeowners. RT's AmeriCorps CapacityCorps members serve essential roles in program areas such as recruiting and managing volunteers, performing direct home repairs, outreach to find homeowners to serve, building community partnerships, and creating new programs. Learn more about Rebuilding Together.
Serve a Year Campaign (ServiceNation)
The three-year Serve A Year campaign will reach and inspire tens of millions of Americans — especially Millennials — to spend a year in service working on issues in education such as literacy, keeping students in school, and improving graduation rates while cultivating those who serve to be the next greatest generation. ServiceNation is bringing together leading service nonprofits with the entertainment industry, leading Americans, great companies, media and digital partners, politicians of both parties, and everyday citizens to build a powerful campaign to make national service part of the American way of life. Learn more about ServiceNation.
Southwest Conservation Corps
Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) provides young women and men with structured, safe, and challenging service opportunities through projects that promote personal growth, the development of social skills, and an ethic of natural resource stewardship. SCC operates a continuum of year-round programs from community-based initiatives for teens to leadership programs for college graduates, most of which are AmeriCorps affiliated. Learn more about Southwest Conservation Corps.
St. Bernard Project
St. Bernard Project's mission is to shorten the time between disaster and full recovery by ensuring that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient, and predictable manner. Since its founding in 2006 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (following Hurricane Katrina), SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 1,000 families with the help of 100,000 volunteers. Each year, 150 men and women from all over the country, from every background imaginable, come to SBP to serve a term rebuilding disaster-impacted communities as AmeriCorps members. Learn more about St. Bernard Project.
Student Conservation Association
SCA's mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. SCA's Corps Programs are built on a team-based model and are managed by SCA field staff. These programs give you the opportunity to join up with other young people who share your passion for the outdoors and accomplish hands-on conservation projects as a team. Learn more about Student Conservation Association.
Teach for America
Teach for America seeks to "enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence." The organization aims to accomplish this by recruiting and selecting college graduates from top universities around the United States to serve as teachers. The selected members, known as "corps members," commit to teaching in a public or public charter K-12 school in one of the low-income communities that the organization serves. Learn more about Teach for America.
The Corps Network
The Corps Network leads and supports over 130 of America's Service and Conservation Corps. It supports Corps by advocating on their behalf, providing access to funding and project opportunities, and by offering expertise in Corps operations and programming. Every year, The Corp Network's efforts enable over 24,000 diverse young people, ages 16-25, to strengthen communities, improve the environment, and transform their lives through service in Corps programs. Learn more about the Corps Network.