Preparing for Member Recruitment
An AmeriCorps*State program is responsible for proactively recruiting qualified individuals who are interested in contributing their knowledge, experience, skills and service to your program’s target community. Understanding and determining who is eligible for AmeriCorps service is essential to recruiting the right applicants. Programs should refer to the most recently updated Terms & Conditions for AmeriCorps*State and National Grants, for a complete listing of eligibility requirements for AmeriCorps members. Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Who has been selected by a recipient or subrecipient to serve in an approved national service position;
- Who is a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
- Who is at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service unless the member is out of school and enrolled in a full-time, year-round youth corps or full-time summer program as defined in the NCSA [42 U.S.C. § 12572 (a)(3)(B)(x)], in which case he or she must be between the ages of 16 and 25, inclusive, and
- Who has received a high school diploma or its equivalent, agrees to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent (unless this requirement is waived based on an individual education assessment conducted by the program) and the individual did not drop out of an elementary or secondary school to enroll in the program, or is enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability-to-benefit basis and is considered eligible for funds under 20 U.S.C. § 1091 (See Section IX. B.).
Please see ENROLLMENT AND RETENTION POLICIES for more information.