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AmeriCorps Financial Literacy/Life Skills Instructor

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We are seeking committed people to teach financial literacy and life skills to low income people so they can move out of poverty.

Stop talking about the problem and be the solution. #BeTheGreaterGood Join AmeriCorps. Utica Municipal Housing Authority AmeriCorps is an exciting program whereby you help others, prepare for a career in human services, and make a difference! You can help people in need to get out of poverty through financial literacy and life skills education. AmeriCorps is a professional mentoring program that may lead to a permanent job if the member successfully completes the year. Like Peace Corps, AmeriCorps members are paid volunteers who help to improve our community/ AmeriCorps provides an opportunity to learn new skills, gain valuable work experience, help others, and serve your nation. Here is information about the positions: We also offer to members a personal assistance program to upgrade your skills and job readiness. AmeriCorps Members may collect unemployment while enrolled in the program so long as they are ready and willing to accept employment.

Duties of AmeriCorps Members

The AmeriCorps Member will use the our curriculum to provide financial/life skills education to low-income people. The member will conduct one to one counseling, small group, and webcasts. The member will also prepare newsletter articles. Financial literacy will include teaching skills such as budgeting, opening up banking accounts, avoiding scams, shopping wisely, and saving money. Life skills will include decision-making, time management, and fostering positive relationships. The AmeriCorps member will administer pre/post surveys at the beginning and the end of each educational experience to assess the knowledge increase of clients after participating in the module. The AmeriCorps Member will focus her/his efforts in reaching out to the following communities: newcomers (recently arrived immigrants and refugees), reentry programs for ex-offenders, survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, the homeless and the elderly.

Our Financial Coaching Program provides individual counseling to clients to teach them fundamental budgeting, checking, and related money management skills; provides advice as individuals work through serious financial challenges; and partners with clients to build assets in order to achieve financial stability. When an individual enrolls in the financial coaching program, the client is paired with a highly qualified volunteer who spends a full year working with this individual. This coaching is typically done in monthly one-on-one, in-person sessions and is tailored to accommodate goals unique to each client and with recognition of the individual’s level of financial understanding.

Please note that we accept applications on an on-going basis.


Applications are due as soon as possible and are reviewed on a first come basis.

You can email your resume or pick up an application at the Utica Municipal Housing Authority, 509 2nd Street, Utica, NY 13501.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Must be able to begin in May 2021 for this term; 2. Must be at least 18 years old; 3. Must have a minimum of a High School diploma or GED/HSED; 4. Must be willing to serve until December 31, 2021; 5. Must work 35-40 hours per week; 6. Criminal background checks and drug testing required; 7. We will check your social media; 8. Driver's license is required; 9. Some college is preferred.10. Computer literacy is necessary. 11. Must get along with others and together as as part of a team. 12. Passion to help others and change society. 13. Commitment to empower low-income persons. 14. Must have positive social media experience.

Benefits: Full-time members receive a living allowance of $14,279 on an annual basis (about $540 before taxes every two weeks). You must agree to serve until December 31. Segal AmeriCorps Education Award before taxes upon successful completion of 1700/1200/900 hours, student loan forbearance, Health insurance, child care benefits, and work-related travel reimbursement, . AmeriCorps income is not counted for HUD rental assistance or SNAP. if eligible. For 1700 hour members, college award is $6,345, 1200 hours $4,441.50, and 900 hours - $3,172.50





Mission Statement

The mission of Central New York Community Solutions is to develop, maintain, and enhance decent, safe and affordable living environments that foster stability and increase self-sufficiency for people with low incomes. It is the nonprofit affiliate corporation of the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Utica, New York that provides homelessness prevention and rehousing, supportive services, financial literacy, homeownership counseling, job development, and veteran services. Established in 1937, the Utica Housing Authority is Utica's largest landlord, a major developer of affordable housing in Central New York, and provider of high quality resident and community supportive services.


Self-Sufficiency Housing Resource Center is a one stop housing navigator center that seeks to provide housing and information referral services to 150 per year through housing counseling, referrals, and application assistance. The center provides free information assistance, referral, advocacy, and support to individuals and families who need help finding and maintaining their housing, particularly low-income, homeless, and housing unstable people. We help people access affordable housing/rental assistance programs, find homeless people temporary and permanent housing, provide tenant responsibility education, help to prevent evictions and foreclosures, assist first-time homebuyers to purchase their first homes, and offer assistance to homeowners seeking home improvement grants and loans. We also provide other self-sufficiency services such as financial literacy and job placement. The Resource Center is operated by the staff as well as AmeriCorps members assigned to the Municipal Authority of the City of Utica, New York. It has developed partnerships with local public and private agencies to deliver effective services. It is a project of Housing Authority's new nonprofit affiliate corporation - Central New York Community Solutions, Inc. (CNYCS). CNYCS was formed to help the housing authority to diversify its funding base and reduce its reliance on government funding programs.

Crisis Support
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


509 Second StreetUtica, NY 13501



  • Financial Planning
  • ETC / Tax Assistance
  • Financial Service Assistance
  • Case Work / Management
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Life Coaching


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 20 to 40 hours per week

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