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Overview

About AmeriCorps (Learn More)

AmeriCorps is a national service program where people of all ages serve their communities across the country. We serve to meet our nation's critical unmet needs in the areas of education, public safety, the environment, and other human needs. Superior AmeriCorps is dedicated to serving our local community, focusing on education in elementary schools and pre-school's across the Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw counties.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$12,500 Living Allowance
$5,815 Education Award
Healthcare Benefits
Education Loan Forbearance
Professional Training
Childcare Benefits (if eligible)

Where is Superior AmeriCorps located?

You will find Superior AmeriCorps in the western end of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Currently, our members serve in Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw counties.

Our office is located at:

BHK Child Development Board
700 Park Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931

Where do members serve?

Our members serve in preschools and local elementary schools.. See Locations for more specific information. 

What do members do?

Duties vary from site to site, but all members serve to meet our primary focus: literacy and school readiness

Elementary school members tutor and mentor students who need support to achieve school success, they serve Kindergarten through 3rd grade. They also initiate safe, enriching after-school and summer youth programs.

Preschool members will serve to increase adult-child interaction, improve the quality of the learning environment, promote parent involvement, and assist children with school readiness.

All members coordinate youth service learning programs and community-wide service programs.

How do I get involved?

Each year Superior AmeriCorps recruits a new class of members. Members must be at least 17 years old, a US citizen, or a US national/lawful permanent resident. Applicants must be willing and able to commit to one year of service (1700 hours), and have a high school diploma or GED.

Applicants are accepted throughout the year. Service typically begins in early fall, when the school year starts.

Interested? Download our application or contact us for more information.

More questions?

Contact Superior AmeriCorps Director:
Jamie McCrum
(906) 487-6600 ext. 130
jvmccrum@bhkfirst.org

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Locations

Superior AmeriCorps members have served at the following locations:

  • Adams Township Schools

  • Baraga Area Schools

  • BHK Preschool Centers

  • Chassell Township Schools

  • Copper Country ISD

  • Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools

  • Elm River Township Schools

  • Hancock Public Schools

  • Houghton-Portage Township Schools

  • L'Anse Area Schools

  • Calumet, Laurium and Keweenaw Public Schools

  • E.B. Holman Elementary School

Elementary Education Members

Members based in area elementary schools will serve under the supervision of a lead teacher, principal, or superintendent. Members serve directly with students and school personnel to identify the most urgent literacy needs and initiate programs to meet those necessities. They also provide a variety of services, such as tutoring, mentoring, parent involvement, developing extracurricular activities, and coordinating various opportunities for other community members.. To serve effectively, members must be able to listen, lead, and inspire young people to take an active role in shaping their own futures.

Preschool Members

Members serving in early education settings will help in classrooms by assisting directly with children and enhancing the quality of care by increasing the adult-to-child ration, daily routine, and quality of the learning environment. Members will focus on literacy skills and school readiness. Members will also spend time helping with children with diverse disabilities and working with parents to ensure the best educational experience for the children. Other roles may include, recruiting parent volunteers, coordinating parent activities, setting up special events, and coordinating various opportunities for other community members.

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Service Projects

Every year Superior AmeriCorps members join forces to plan three major service projects. Extra volunteers are always welcome! Typically the service projects are as follows:

Make a Difference Day:

Each year on the last Saturday in October, Superior AmeriCorps members take part in this National Day of Doing Good. Superior AmeriCorps participate in and plan a different service project annually, while it changes every year the commitment to improving the community stays the same. Make a Difference Day is a national effort sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine to encourage service in the community. In the past Superior AmeriCorps made blankets for foster children, helped improve a Halloween party for the elderly, cleaned up local nature trails, improving playgrounds, and a blood drive. The planning for this event begins in September.

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service:

Every January, Superior AmeriCorps members coordinate and implement a service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., one of America's most important civil rights leaders. The specifics of this project also changes each year, but again the focus remains: improving the community. Past projects have included holding an essay and poster contest for youth, visiting the elderly, diversity presentations, food and clothing drives and creating a mural with youth. Planning for MLK Jr. Day projects begins in December.

Russ Mawby/ Final Service Project:

The month of June provides another opportunity for members to assist the community. Past activities have included assisting Copper Country Habitat for Humanity, Bridgefest, and Camp 911. For 2017 we planned a Russ Mawby Signature Service Project, the Hancock Beach Restoration. AmeriCorps members and community members came together to smooth out new sand, build a new retaining wall, paint, and get the beach ready for the summer.

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Apply

Apply to serve with Superior AmeriCorps:

Call Chrissy (906) 487-6600 ext. 129, and ask for an application to be sent to you.

OR

Click the link below, print, fill-out, and mail to Superior AmeriCorps.

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Contact Us

Jamie McCrum
Program Director
(906) 487-6600, ext. 130
E-mail: jvmccrum@bhkfirst.org

Chrissy Karry
Program Coordinator
(906) 487-6600, ext. 129
E-mail: cmkarry@bhkfirst.org

Superior AmeriCorps Office:

BHK Child Development Board
700 Park Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931

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