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An AmeriCorps Program

The Rural Corps of South Central Nebraska: An AmeriCorps Program is a campus/community partnership between the Kearney Public Schools Foundation and the UNK Office for Service-Learning. 

Serve to Learn/Learn to Serve! 

Individuals wishing to serve in an AmeriCorps position with this program must be United State citizens, 18 years old or older, and have obtained a High School diploma.  Applications to serve with the Rural Corps Program must be made through this web site:  

 americorps.gov

 All positions with this AmeriCorps Program will be either with the Kearney Community Learning Center - a before and after school program - which provides academic based programs and enrichment activities for children living in disadvantaged circumstances.  Individuals wishing to serve with this program must be available from 3:00-6:00 pm  Monday through Friday.  

Or, the other opportunities to serve are based within Kearney Public School classrooms with ages ranging from Preschool through High School. Available times would be 8:00 am-3:30 pm Monday through Friday with some additional flexible hours as needed. Youth being served by AmeriCorps Members in the school classroom, are struggling students in need of additional tutoring and on-on-one assistance due to various challenges. Some are in need of Alternative Education, assistance with language, behavioral issues, etc.

The grant cycle starts September 1 of each year that has funding and ends August 31st the following year..  Contracted hours must be completed during this time frame and are established based on your available times to serve, arranged with the Host Site Supervisor and the needs of the program.  After applying, eligible individuals will be contacted for an interview, once "hired" will receive an orientation to the AmeriCorps Program, on site training to accomplish the specific tasks required, and will have opportunities to receive other professional development training at AmeriCorps team meetings and events. This is a service-learning program and Members will be required to complete a specific number of training events and reflection activities related to the program.

Individuals serving in an AmeriCorps receive a stipend, paid monthly, and distributed over the months of the service term.  Following their completed hours, and exit from the program, Members receive an Education Award to apply towards their student loans, additional tuition or other educational related expenses.  Though it varies for grant years, 18 available positions will be filled, 9 each in the before/after school program and 7 in the classrooms.  One position will serve with the Rural Corps Program Director, through the Kearney Public Schools. 

18 AmeriCorps positions will be available:

 

 Position sizes, Minimum Time = 300 hours
 (16)

  completed between September 1st and August 31st of the grant year 
 Living Stipend - $1,275
 Educational Award - $1,175
 

 Position sizes, Quarter Time = 450 hours
 (2)

  completed between September 1st and August 31st of the grant year 
 Living Stipend - $2,138
 Educational Award - $1,468
 Position descriptions, application instructions, and additional information about AmeriCorps, is available at this web site.

 Apply:  americorps.gov

Applicants are encouraged to contact lockardea@lopers.unkeduemma.lockard@kearneypublic.org  or stirtzg@unk.edu for additional information or questions about the Program.  If applying, please email one of the above and indicate a choice of service area.

The Kearney Public School District and the University of Nebraska at Kearney do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, or other protected status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. At each site, specific Individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and accommodations for students with disabilities.. Complaints or concerns involving discrimination or needs for accommodation or access should be addressed to the appropriate Coordinator at  KPS or UNK. for a confidential discussion of their individual needs for academic or reasonable accommodation for those with documented disabilities. UNK students must be registered with UNK Disabilities Services Coordinator, David Brandt, in the Academic Success Office, 163 Memorial Student Affairs Building, 308-865-8214 or by email  brandtdl@unk.edu