AmeriCorps isn’t just one program: it’s a family of programs that range from teaching and mentoring children to fighting poverty to wildfire mitigation and just about everything in between. There’s an opportunity for anyone to serve and people of any age are able to give back.
As an AmeriCorps member, you receive a bi-weekly living stipend, and an education award up to $5,000 at the end of your term.
With so many AmeriCorps service opportunities about giving back to your neighbors, your community, and your country!
What is AMUS?
Founded on a unique crime reduction model, the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program (AMUS) is a revolutionary project working to improve public safety and health in the City of Detroit. Members perform six primary functions to increase public safety: create partnerships of community stakeholders to identify crime “hot spots”; organize neighborhood block clubs and community patrols; provide outreach and support to survivors of intimate partner violence; implement safe routes for youth walking or biking to neighborhood schools; board up abandoned, open structures; and provide target hardening resources to residents (e.g., home safety assessments, anti-theft auto devices, strategies for safety of persons and property). Each year more than 50 Detroit young men and women of color age 17-18 in the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Summer Youth Program, a service learning program designed to build skills for post-high school success in college and/or career.
Since COVID, AMUS member have expanded their efforts to include canvassing door-to-door to provide residents with connections to vaccination sites and sources of information, such as the Detroit Health Department; Providing education and filtration resources to increase the use of filtered water and reduce blood lead levels; and distribute air purifiers and HEPA filters to help residents improve home indoor air quality, reducing the presence of asthma triggers and other irritants.
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