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Operation AmeriCorps

The Office of Community Schools, in partnership with NYC Service and Operation AmeriCorps, is currently recruiting for half-time (900-hours) AmeriCorps State and National (S/N) positions to begin service in early January.   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only with the recommendation of a community school.  Full-time applications are no longer being accepted.

How do AmeriCorps Members serve in NYC Community Schools?

Each Community School hosts one or two AmeriCorps State/National member who direct efforts on improving student attendance and/or increasing and deepening family engagement in the school. AmeriCorps Members complete their year of service by working as either student Success Mentors or as Parent Organizers.

Become a Host Site

In preparation for the 2017-2018 school year, the Office of Community Schools is releasing the AmeriCorps Host Site Application.  OCS, in partnership with NYC Service, has submitted a proposal for continued funding and is awaiting award announcements from the federal government.  In the meantime, we are moving ahead with our plans to place members at community schools.  There are a few changes you will notice from previous years:

·         All interested schools/ CBOs must apply and be selected by OCS to host AmeriCorps members

·         Host sites may request up to 8 AmeriCorps members to serve at one school

·         All members will serve as Success Mentors

·         Host sites will contribute between $1,650 and $3,000 toward the cost of each member placed at their school

Review out our webinar here for a helpful look on the application process. The host site application is available here for reference only. 

Check out our FAQ about becoming a host site. Submit any questions to

Success Mentoring Program

The Success Mentor Corps is one of the Community School Initiative’s key programs.  Success Mentors work with chronically absent students to address the barriers keeping them from going to school every day – and to help them reach their potential educational outcomes. Success Mentors have two main goals: to personalize and enrich the school experience for their mentees so that they become more successful at school through increased engagement and attendance, and to identify the underlying causes of absenteeism and begin to address them through a range of interventions and support services. 

Access these helpful tools and resources for creating a highly Effective Success Mentoring Program

NYC Success Mentor Corps Guide: This is the Office of Community Schools official guide for NYC Success Mentors.

Creating a Success Mentoring Program: A How - To Appendix: This resource provides success mentors with the what and how of being effective in the role.

Connecting Through Conversation: Short Activities for Mentors (Provided by the Center for Supportive Schools): Provides mentoring strategies to integrate through student to mentor conversations.

My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Success Mentor Initiative: Top Ten To-Dos: A list of 10 things that will help ensure your success mentoring program is a success.

Bringing Attendance Home: Engaging Parents in Preventing Chronic Absenteeism (from Attendance Works): This resource provides guidance on how to engage parents as important partners in the attendance solution.

Establishing a Thriving AmeriCorps Service Program in Your School

This webinar covers the details of AmeriCorps year of service in NYC Community Schools and provides information about recruitment efforts for the 2016-17 school year.

Success Mentors work with a cohort of 20 chronically absent students. Through one-on-one and small group activities, mentors develop a trusting relationship with students and help connect them to the resources they need to come to school every 

Parent organizers work closely with parent coordinators at each school to increase parent engagement in their children's school. Members develop trusting relationships with families and connect them to resources to support their child's education. They also identify and cultivate parent leaders in each school to be engaged members of the school decision-making team.

NYC Community Schools Corps VISTA
To contribute to the transformation of 150 NYC schools in high-need communities into Community Schools, 16 AmeriCorps VISTA members will provide capacity-building support to host sites and DOE staff. VISTA members will support the roll-out of key initiatives including:
  • Supporting the development of each school's mentorship and parent engagement models
  • Coordinating trainings, briefings, community meetings, and expanded learning opportunities
  • Developing and implementing program plans
  • Developing reporting systems
  • Coordinating resources within the school's community
  • Managing communication between stakeholders
Open VISTA Postitions:

Program Benefits
  • Living Allowance 
  • Monthly MetroCard 
  • Training 
  • Education award upon successful completion of service 
  • Health Coverage 
  • Childcare assistance if eligible 
Permits working at another job during off hours.

NYC Community Schools Corps
Through a dynamic partnership with Operation AmeriCorps, NYC Service and the NYC Department of Education places over 150 corps members into 148 Community Schools in high-need communities to serve as mentors, reduce absenteeism, and boost parent involvement.

Learn more about Operation AmeriCorps.

For more information and to APPLY to serve as a State/National Member.

If you have questions please email or call 212-323-9534.