The Compact Service (CSC) AmeriCorps Program is a service program that connects students with communities through meaningful community service experiences. CSC is a regional program managed by the Campus Compact of the Mountain West and is part of the national AmeriCorps program run by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Students engaging in at least 300 hours of public good work over a calendar year may be eligible to participate in the CSC program, which provides training and support. Students engage in service in strategic focus areas including increasing academic engagement in K-12 schools and providing primary and preventive health care to those living in designated under-served areas.
Members receive an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of a 12- to 24-month term of service. The award size is dependent on the number of service hours completed during the member's term. AmeriCorps will also pay a portion of the interest that accrues on qualified student loans during a member's term of service.
Members are also eligible to apply for the Careers in the Common Good Scholarship through the Campus Compact of the Mountain West to offset expenses of professional development opportunities such as conferences and trainings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is AmeriCorps at the University of Denver?
DU is a member of the Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps program with Campus Compact of the Mountain West, a regional effort to engage students in meaningful service with local communities. AmeriCorps terms of service differ from general volunteerism or required academic service in three critical ways:
- AmeriCorps participants must provide an additional value to community-based agencies where members serve. AmeriCorps service projects have goals and outcomes that members identify at the beginning of their terms, which provide a value to the organization and the individuals served.
- While volunteerism may include short-term participation at multiple service sites, AmeriCorps members focus their hours to provide meaningful impact at a limited number of host sites.
- AmeriCorps projects are aligned with federal focus areas. For Compact Service Corps, these focus areas include: education (tutoring and other education programs) and healthy futures (primary and preventative health care).
To learn more, visit the Campus Compact of the Mountain West website.
Who is eligible for the Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps program?
Eligibility for AmeriCorps is not based on your income level, your GPA or your student status. To qualify, you must be:
- doing unpaid service work in a nonprofit or government agency
- a U.S. citizen or permanent lawful resident
- 17 years or older
- a high school graduate.
Students in the following DU departments are encouraged to apply:
- Graduate School of Social Work
- Graduate School of Professional Psychology
- Morgridge College of Education Teacher Education Program
- CCESL's PA and Puksta Scholars programs
What organizations are eligible?
Eligible organizations include those run by nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, school and police districts, local, state and federal governments, and Indian tribes.
Check the IRS website to see if a site placement is a nonprofit. While government agencies aren't listed on this website, they may still be eligible placement sites.
Please note that for-profit hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, etc., are not eligible placements. You can search the "ownership type" of a health care facility.
What do DU AmeriCorps members do?
Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps members provide a diverse array of services in the following two focus areas:
- Healthy Futures
Depending on your focus area, service project examples might include tutoring and mentoring K-12 children and youth, or providing mental health services to community members.
If you are involved in academic service, volunteerism, course-related fieldwork, clinical rotations or student teaching, the Compact Service Corps is a natural fit. As an additional benefit, CSC members receive increased training and are eligible to receive additional scholarships to support professional development related to service projects.
What do AmeriCorps members receive?
In exchange for valuable community service, CSC members receive an education award that can be applied to qualified school loans or to finance current education expenses. The award amount depends on the term of service completed. The following options are available for DU students, depending on department:
- 300 hours over 1 calendar year = $1,175
- 450 hours over 1 calendar year = $1,468
- 675 hours over 1 calendar year = $2,114
- 900 hours over 2 calendar years = $2,775
Beyond the education award, members receive leadership training, gain practical experience in their future career fields, become more civically engaged in the local community and boost their marketability for post-service job searches.
For students eligible for federal Work-Study, the hours you spend in the community as a community-based work-study student can be counted toward your AmeriCorps commitment, as long as the project meets the goals of Compact Service Corps. If approved, you will receive an education award in addition to your hourly work-study wage. All these are benefits of joining the Compact Service Corps!
Where can I find more information?
For more information, contact DU AmeriCorps Coordinator Melora Coughran at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 303-871-3332.
You can also contact us at:
Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning
Driscoll South, Suite 6
2050 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80208-2604