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AmeriCorps is the national service movement that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with education awards and real world experience in exchange for a year or two of community service. AmeriCorps members help meet the nation's critical needs in the areas of public safety education, human needs, and the environment. The AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team, in Butler County has been as AmeriCorps program for eleven years.
AmeriCorps members assist students one-on-one and in small groups; assisting with before school, during school, after school, weekend and summer programs; recruiting volunteers; attending faculty meeting, board meetings and attending weekly AmeriCorps member meetings and any state-wide events. AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance (instead of a wage), which is distributed to the member in equal payments, on the last day of each month. Full-time members complete at least 1,710 service hours during a 9-12 month period and usually receive a $11,400 living allowance, health care, childcare reimbursements (if eligible), and a $4,725 education award that can be used to pay tuition or to pay back qualified student loans. Additional Qualifications: FY 2008-2009 qualifications for the AIST program under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), state that paraprofessionals (including tutors) who provide instructional support in Title I schools must have a secondary school diploma or its equivalents and must have: completed two years of study (60 credit hours) at an institution of higher education or obtained an associate's or higher degree; or met a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate the appropriate and relevant job skills through a formal State or local academic assessment. Butler County Board of Education requires applicants to pass the ACT WorkKeys Test.
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