Raise the stipend to motivate members
Volunteer and Intern Coordination (Former Employee) – Regionally in USA – October 8, 2017
I am very, very happy I completed two years of AmerCorps service. This program does incredible things for people's careers, skill building, emotional and professional maturity, and creating opportunities to meet and engage with others volunteers and professionals with similar interests. I truly love and appreciate AmeriCorps. However, the stipend is unrealistically low. It must change. I understand that federal program budgeting is a tricky thing to navigate but I know many former AmeriCorps members who regret their experience based on the extremely low stipend and how adversely it effected their financial well-being in the long-term. With all that said, the Eli Segal Education Award is amazing and I've definitely found some spectacular opportunities to grow my career using it creatively. An education award just cannot compete with fair monetary compensation for work performed.
Professional skill building and exposure.