Next Steps AmeriCorps Program
What is Next Steps AmeriCorps?
The Next Steps AmeriCorps program is a youth leadership development initiative through Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) that partners college sophomores and juniors with first year college students, to serve as peer mentors to support students’ first-year experience. Next Steps AmeriCorps mentors develop leadership through community service, mentorship, and supportive workshops.
Next Steps AmeriCorps members will:
Commit approximately 10 hours a week to the program, perform 300 hours of community service in one year, which includes hours spent informally mentoring one to two first-year students and attending all training and leadership development sessions. Upon completion, an AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,230.00 is awarded to help pay loans, tuition, and/or books. Next Steps members are also eligible to receive funding for their community service hours through the Community Work-Study Program, if they qualify.
How to Get Involved as a Next Steps AmeriCorps Member
An applicant of the Next Steps AmeriCorps program must:
• Be an undergraduate student of sophomore or junior status
• Be a citizen of the United States, a United States national, or a lawful permanent resident alien
• Be a graduate of a public high school in Philadelphia
• Be at least 17 years old
• Pledge to complete 300 hours of service and training between August 2018 and May 2019
• Have an interest in, commitment to, and knowledge of community service, activism, and/or social justice
• Have good organization and time management skills
• Have financial need
• Be responsible and dependable
The Next Steps AmeriCorps Program values diversity and strives to include students from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
How to Get Involved as a First Year Student
Volunteer Central is looking for first-year students to participate in our Next Steps program. The program is designed to give you extra support by matching you with a sophomore or junior student Marauder Mentor throughout your first year at Millersville. Mentors will provide you with information about the many resources on campus. You and your mentor will meet once a week at a time that works best for you. Meetings will be about an hour in length, but can be more if you like! You are also welcome to attend the monthly leadership development sessions if the topic is of interest to you.