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AmeriCorps Promise Fellows

5/10/2001:   AmeriCorps Promise Fellows are a leadership cadre of committed, talented people dedicating a year of their lives to building a better future for youth. In 1998, the Corporation for National Service, in partnership with America’s Promise, created the AmeriCorps Promise Fellows Program. This cadre of 500 members leads state and local efforts to deliver to all children and youth the Five Promises:

  • Ongoing relationships with caring adults- parents, mentors, tutors, or coaches;

  • Safe places with structured activities during nonschool hours;

  • Healthy start and future;

  • Marketable skills though effective education; and

  • Opportunities to give back through community service.

New aspects of this year’s program include:

  • Fellows must be involved in an effort to deliver all Five Promises in the communities they serve.

  • Fellows will participate in a national training to familiarize them with the All-Five approach and to nurture a peer network among Fellows.

  • Approximately 15 AmeriCorps Promise Fellows will support Youth Service Compact pilot projects in several communities around the country.

Fellows are primarily capacity builders, although they may provide direct service to children and youth. Their service activities expand, strengthen, and improve a community’s ability to deliver the Five Promises in sustainable ways. In exchange for their year of service, Fellows develop strong leadership skills, earn a living allowance of $13,000, and receive an education award of $4,725 to finance higher education or pay off qualified student loans.

Individuals wishing to become fellows and nonprofit organizations proposing to sponsor fellows in more than one state can find information and applications on the website, http://www.americaspromise.org/partnerarea/PromiseFellows/PromiseFellows.cfm. Applications from sponsoring organizations are due June 15, 2001.

Content contributed by Heather Banks, Editor

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