AmeriCorps - SC First Steps

AmeriCorps

Gain valuable experience and give back to your community through service with First Steps AmeriCorps. Our AmeriCorps members engage directly with families and communities, helping to ensure that all children start school ready to reach their highest potential.

38 part-time service opportunities are available across the state and at the South Carolina First Steps office in Columbia, SC. 

Two service positions,  HIPPY Parent Educator & Family and Community Engagement, complete activities ranging from providing one-on-one support for parents to hosting outreach events about school readiness and local early childhood services.

First Steps AmeriCorps provides 2 stipends per month ranging from $204.28 to $550.00.

AmeriCorps members receive the Segal Education Award to pay down student loan debt or cover upcoming tuition costs. The award ranges from $1,718.25 to $4,546.50, and it is based on the number of hours completed during the 8 to 10 months of service. 

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Service Details 

The Service Year

Serve your community for 10 months, from August 2021 to June 2022. Schedules are flexible and determined by the AmeriCorps member and the service site. Hours of service may be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

To see how our First Steps AmeriCorps Members manage their busy schedules, take a look at our Day in the Life schedules.

Minimum Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years of age or older
  • Have or be working towards a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Complete a criminal background check in accordance with the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria
  • Satisfy the South Carolina Department of Social Services Central Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect

Service Benefits

  • Living Allowance (stipend) provided to you twice per month.
  • Professional development and connections to a vast childcare professional network
  • Mileage Reimbursement
  • Access to childcare scholarships, if eligible
  • Ed Segal Education Award to cover student loan debt and/or tuition cost. The award is provided at the end of the service year. Education award amounts are listed below.

15 hours per week (450 Service hours) – $1,678.57

20 hours per week (675 Service hours)- $2,417.14

25 hours per week (900 Service hours)- $3,172.50

35 hours per week (1200 Service hours) -$4,441.50

Application Process

The application for the 2021-22 program year will open May 9, 2021. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and orientations are hosted virtually twice a month.

  1. Complete your application online. Prepare to submit your Driver’s License and Social Security card.
  2. You will receive an email requesting you to schedule your candidate screening.
  3. You may be invited to complete a panel interview with the AmeriCorps site.
  4. Complete a background check, if selected by the AmeriCorps site to become a First Steps AmeriCorps member.
  5. Complete orientation, then serve your community!