AmeriCorps Opportunity - Summer 2019

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance has received a grant from Volunteer Iowa to support a large portion of the cost of hosting an AmeriCorps Member or team of Members in summer 2019.

What the Summer Ladders AmeriCorps Member Will Do: The AmeriCorps Members will focus on developing high quality lesson plans for the host program utilizing the Dimensions of Success (DOS) framework ( The AmeriCorps Member will also be responsible for implementing activities they have developed with high-need youth in your program. The Member is expected to serve a total of 300 hours over the summer.

Cost to Host a Summer Ladders AmeriCorps Member: The cost share to host a Member (the amount you will be responsible for as a host site) is $1,481 for the entire 2019 summer (300 hours of service). This calculates to a cost to the program of just $5 an hour!

Each Member will receive a living allowance of $3,333 over the summer. The remainder of the cost per Member is covered by the Volunteer Iowa grant.

The Iowa Children’s Museum serves as the employer-of-record for each AmeriCorps Member. That means the host site is not responsible for FICA or Worker’s Compensation. Each Member tracks their own time using a common time tracking system provided through the grant.

What We’re Looking for in Host Sites:
  • Ability to supervise the AmeriCorps Member, including coaching and mentoring to meet program goals; discipline; and role modeling good collaboration, communication, and leadership.
  • Provision of strong staff orientation to the program, as well as on-going professional development throughout the service period.
  • Commitment to evaluation.
  • Commitment to ensuring a good Member experience.

Evaluation activities required: The Iowa Afterschool Alliance will measure the quality of activities through on-site observations of activities developed by AmeriCorps Members over their summer of service. It is expected that one observation will occur at each site towards the end of the summer.

This survey shall serve as a chance for you to let us know that you are interested in hosting an AmeriCorps Member over the summer of 2019. The Iowa Afterschool Alliance will consider all interested programs and make our decision for host sites by the end of January 2019. Recruitment for Members will begin at that time.

An answer of "No" on any question on this survey is not necessarily disqualifying. Please answer honestly according to the information you have at this time.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Michelle Rich at