AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service
The purpose of this orientation is to:
Provide General Information – this orientation will give you an overview of
National Service and Campus Compact.
Determine Eligibility – this orientation will help you determine whether or
not you are eligible to participate and what types of service activities you
Ensure Commitment – this orientation will help you learn more about our
program before you make a formal commitment. There are a limited
number of scholarships available for students who commit to ASLIS. Once
you enroll in our program, we cannot offer that same scholarship to anyone
else. We want to help you be sure that this is a program to which you can
commit and one which you will complete successfully!
BENEFITS OF AMERICORPS STUDENT
LEADERS IN SERVICE
The education award!
The difference you can make in your community.
The opportunity to grow personally and professionally.
The network of hundreds of students committed to
improving their communities.
The National Service movement you join through
How Does It Work?
1. Complete the Pre-Service Orientation.
2. Complete all enrollment documents
included in the Enrollment Workbook.
3. Serve in your community.
4. Complete your service hours/exit
paperwork and earn an education award!
WHAT IS ASLIS?
The ASLIS program is hosted by Massachusetts Campus
Compact and is offered at 40 colleges and universities in
MA, CT, and PR.
338 students will participate in the ASLIS 2012-2013 year.
Members contribute more than 110,000 service hours
ASLIS Serve is funded by the Corporation for National and
Community Service (CNCS).
CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND
COMMUNITY SERVICE (CNCS)
AmeriCorps is federally funded by the Corporation for National
and Community Service (CNCS) in Washington, D.C.
CNCS improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic
engagement through service and volunteering. As the nation's
largest grant maker in support of service and volunteering, CNCS
engages more than five million Americans of all ages and
backgrounds in service to their communities each year through the
Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, and NCCC programs, and leads
President Obama’s call to service initiative, United We Serve.
AmeriCorps (aka the “domestic Peace Corps”) began in 1994 and engages
more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through
more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community
and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help
communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of
volunteers for the organizations they serve. Members gain valuable
professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a
lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.
AmeriCorps consists of three main programs:
AmeriCorps State and National, whose members serve with national and local
nonprofit and community groups
AmeriCorps*VISTA, through which members serve full time fighting poverty
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), a team-based residential
program for young adults 18-24 who carry out projects in public safety, the
environment, youth development, and disaster relief and preparedness.
MASSACHUSETTS CAMPUS COMPACT
Educating citizens, building communities.
70 member campuses
Public and private, two year and four year schools
Established in 1995
Based at Tufts University
Provides trainings, resources, capacity building,
campus consultations, updates on state and national
events, grants and funding, conferences
IN SUMMARY… THE GRANT WORKS LIKE THIS:
Learn & Serve Senior Corps
(Ed Award Only)
ELIGIBILITY FOR AMERICORPS
Be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien of the U.S.,
Be 17 years old or older, and
Hold a GED or high school diploma
Note: Members must be able to provide a copy of an eligibility
document listed in the enrollment workbook proving U.S. citizenship or
permanent resident status.
NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK
All members must undergo a National Service Criminal
History Check which consists of:
A search of the state criminal registry (CORI);
A name-based search of the Department of Justice
National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK
MACC will conduct the NSOPW check on all members before
If the campus or service site will conduct a CORI, please submit
the Criminal Record Check Verification Form.
If the campus/service site will NOT conduct a CORI, MACC will.
Please submit the CORI Acknowledgement Form.
An individual is ineligible to serve in a covered position if the
(a) Is registered, or required to be registered, on a State sex
offender registry or the National Sex Offender Registry; or
(b) Has been convicted of murder, as defined in section 1111 of
title 18, United States Code.
TERMS OF SERVICE
300 hours = $1,175
450 hours = $1,468
675 hours = $2,114
900 hours = $2,775
THE EDUCATION AWARD:
Use to repay eligible loans/cost of tuition for school (not private loans or
Expires 7 years after you receive it (you might be able to receive an
You can't transfer the award to someone else (with one exception; see
Transferability: You can give the award to someone else if you are 55 or
older and certain conditions are met
Multiple terms: You can receive awards up to the value of two full-time
awards in a lifetime, serving in full-time, part-time, and summer positions
Use all at once or in partial amounts
Subject to taxes when you use it
Since the award can be used only for current educational expenses, you
cannot use it to cover past balances in your school account. (You can,
however, use the award on qualified student loans.)
Be committed to completing all service requirements;
Complete all required paperwork;
Complete timesheets on a monthly basis;
Manage their own time in order to complete the
program by the required exit date;
Maintain consistent communication with their
campus supervisor throughout the year.
SERVICE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You can perform service that fits into one
of AmeriCorps’ six key areas:
Veterans and military families
SERVICE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?, (CON’T.)
Service, which can be co-curricular or academically-based, must
be completed at nonprofits, public agencies, or faith-based and
Any campus positions/activities that DO NOT meet a local
community need or do not have an impact on the local
community are not considered allowable ASLIS activities and
should not be counted on timesheets.
You can also spend some of your service on Member
MEMBER DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
Member Development/Training gives you the opportunity to pursue
personal and professional goals that are education and service related.
It is an important aspect of AmeriCorps service.
Member development hours can account for up to 20% of your total
service term and include:
Class time related to your direct service,
Professional conferences or workshops,
Faculty meetings or agency staff meetings, and
Time spent reflecting on your service individually or with peers
(program meetings, etc.)
Note: there is a section on the monthly timesheet for members to record training/development.
Please remember to fill this in when applicable.
TRACKING HOURS: TIMESHEETS
Members will submit monthly timesheets to supervisors
Members will break service into 3 categories- training you attended
(20% limit), fundraising (10% limit), and service (no limit)
Members will COMPLETELY fill out the timesheet*
Supervisors are responsible for collecting timesheets, signing off and
approving hours, and sending them to the MACC Office.
* Our timesheet was designed to specifically collect all necessary
information for this grant. Collecting this information ensures that we
can offer this program to our campuses each year. Only submit the
approved ASLIS timesheet.
AMERICORPS PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by
the AmeriCorps program or the Corporation, members may not engage in the following activities:
(1) Attempting to influence legislation;
(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;
(3) Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing;
(4) Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;
(5) Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;
(6) Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms,
political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials;
(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory
religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities
primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization;
(8) Providing a direct benefit to—
(i) A business organized for profit;
(ii) A labor union;
(iii) A partisan political organization;
(iv) A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
except that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own
(v) An organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph (g) of this section, unless Corporation assistance is not used
to support those religious activities;
(9) Conducting a voter registration drive or using Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive;
(10) Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and
(11) Such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit.
Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on
non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-Corporation funds. Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so.
During the terms of service, program members may be
released from the terms of service with no compensation if
a member has:
1. Unlawfully manufactured, distributed, dispensed, possessed
or used any controlled substance or illegal drugs;
2. Consumed alcoholic beverages during the performance of
3. Was under the influence of alcohol or any illegal drugs during
the performance of service activities.
*All members must take the Drug Awareness Quiz and sign/date as
part of the ASLIS Drug Awareness Program.
Sites must provide accommodation, upon request by
a qualified individual with disabilities, unless doing
so is an undue financial or administrative burden to
For those cases where reasonable accommodations
are more costly, there is a limited amount of money
available through State Commissions to provide
accommodations for service members.
It is against the law for organizations that receive federal
financial assistance from CNCS to discriminate on the basis of
race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, political affiliation,
or, religion. It is also unlawful to retaliate against any person
who, or organization that, files a complaint about such
If you believe that you or others have been discriminated against, or if you want more
information please speak with your Campus Supervisor or contact:
Jeremy Poehnert, 200 Boston Ave., Suite G700, Medford, MA 02155, 617-627-4889,
EXIT EARLY (NO EDUCATION AWARD)
The member has dropped out of the program;
During the term of service the member has been convicted
of a violent felony or the sale or distribution of a controlled
Member completes AmeriCorps Exit Form/Exit Survey
Member completes pg. 1; MACC completes pg. 2
Campus supervisor completes end-of-term evaluation
Campus supervisor writes letter regarding circumstances of
Negative impact on campus retention rate
EXIT EARLY: COMPELLING PERSONAL
The member has a disability or serious illness that makes
completing the term impossible;
There is a serious injury, illness, or death of a family member that
makes completing the term unreason ably difficult or impossible
for the member;
The member has Military service obligations;
Some other unforeseeable circumstance beyond the member’s
control makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for the
member to complete the term of service
Member must provide documentation and complete Exit
Campus supervisor writes letter supporting member
Campus supervisor completes member end-of-term evaluation
EXIT FULL AWARD
(For members who finish hours early or take the full
service year to complete hours)
When member completes hours and turns in all of
their timesheets, they will be ready to be exited
Member completes AmeriCorps Exit Form/Exit
Member completes pg. 1; MACC completes pg. 2
Campus supervisor completes end-of-term evaluation
THE EDUCATION AWARD
The education award can be used in 3 ways:
Past Members can repay qualified student loans such as the
Stafford, Perkins, Federal Direct/Indirect.
Present Members can apply the voucher to their current education
expenses for the cost of attendance through the financial aid office on
Future Members can use the voucher for up to 7 years toward
graduate programs, continuing education classes, specialty and trade
schools, and study abroad.
Check with your financial aid office to see how the education award
may be used for tuition and other expenses.
ACCESSING THE EDUCATION AWARD
Disseminated by the National Service Trust
Electronically managed at my.americorps.gov
Typically arrives 2-4 weeks after request is made by member in My
Issued to institution (campus or loan provider) and NOT member
THE 30 DAY RULE
We must notify CNCS within 30 days of a member’s
enrollment and exit from the program.
Whenever we miss the 30 day deadline, we are
considered out of compliance. This could negatively
impact our grant in the future.
Please remember to turn paperwork in on time! This means
passing in the enrollment workbook by the deadline and
completing your last timesheet/exit form/exit survey within 30
days of your last day of service.
THE 30 DAY RULE, CONT.
If you finish your hours early, exit paperwork must be
turned in within 30 days of your last day of service.
If you wish to remain an active AmeriCorps member,
you must remain “actively serving.”
- Actively serving: continue serving the same average
amount of hours as in other months and sending in
timesheets until you are ready to exit.
ORIENTATION SIGN-IN SHEET
Campus Supervisors: please have members sign the
orientation sign-in sheet now.
Remember to send orientation sign-in sheets with
Massachusetts Campus Compact