Questions & Answers

What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a national service program often called "the domestic Peace Corps" that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds the chance to make a difference in their communities through service. In return for a year of service, members receive a living allowance, education award, healthcare benefits, education loan forbearance, professional training and childcare benefits (if eligible).

What are the benefits of becoming a Superior AmeriCorps member?

Benefits Include:

A $12,500 living allowance
An education award of $5,730
Healthcare benefits
Education loan forbearance
Professional training
Childcare benefits (if eligible)

Where is Superior AmeriCorps located?

Superior AmeriCorps is located in the rugged western end of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Currently, our members serve in Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw counties. The administrative offices of Superior AmeriCorps are located in BHK Child Development Board’s main office building at 700 Park Avenue in Houghton.

Where do members serve?

 
Members serve in preschools and local elementary schools. Member duties vary from site to site, but all members serve to meet our primary focus: reading and school readiness. Please visit the Locations page for examples of Superior AmeriCorps service sites.


What do members do?

 
School-based members tutor and mentor students who need support to achieve school success which includes reading at grade level by Grade 3. They also initiate safe, enriching after-school and summer youth programs. Members in non-profit agencies expand and enhance mentoring and educational enrichment programs serving young children and families and recruit volunteers to assist with programming.
Members in preschool classrooms will serve to increase adult-child interaction, improve the quality of the learning environment, promote parent involvement and assist children with school readiness.
Members also coordinate youth service-learning programs and community-wide service projects. These projects will enhance the capacity of schools and agencies to meet critical community needs by promoting collaboration, volunteerism and the ethic of service.
 

What if I have more questions?

Please contact Superior AmeriCorps Director Jamie McCrum at (906) 487-6600, extension 130 or jvmccrum@bhkfirst.org.

How do I get involved?

Each year, Superior AmeriCorps recruits a new class of members. Members must be at least 17 years of age, a United States citizen, or a United States national or lawful permanent resident, be able to commit to one year of service, and have a high school diploma or GED. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Members begin service in early fall. Interested? Download our application or contact us for more information.